Two Secondary Education majors with a concentration in music, teach
internationally through the Jamaica Field Service Project.
Members of Seton Hall’s Educational Opportunity Program and soon to be
class of 2014 Graduates, Sem Etienne and Steven Hodge participate in an
ongoing service learning program accredited by the State University of
New York, which is open to university students from participating
universities from across the US and Canada.
The two students attended the May 23 to June 2 course offering of the
JAFSP in the southern parish of St. Elizabeth. Students lived and
worked in the chain of fishing villages known as
“Treasure Beach”. JAFSP brings school supplies, tutors, musical
instruments and instruction to the schools of Jamaica five times
yearly, with the support of the Rotary, Peace Corp, and the Claudia
Williams HIV Education Center of Jamaica. Trips also include
music-therapy and community health students who do volunteer work in the
area care centers, all under the supervision of accredited supervisors
While in Jamaica, students explore the country; the rain-forests,
beaches, waterfalls, and other national landmarks. Program participants
also experience the traditional music of the Jamaica, with a strong
emphasis on the Afro-Caribbean drumming, dancing and singing that is
such a large part of life in the West Indies.
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