From March 2nd through March 9th, the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts & Sciences participated in a service-learning trip in Jamaica. During this trip, members of the Dean’s Office along with Seton Hall students stayed at the Alpha Boys School and Orphanage in Kingston. There, they took part in a variety of activities such as working to enhance the facility, developing and executing social activities in the evenings, and partaking in educational programs. It was a valuable experience for all participants involved, and established a connection between Seton Hall University and the Alpha Boys School that the Dean’s Office looks forward to continuing in the future.
Here are some testimonials from students who participated in the trip:
“When I went to Jamaica, I went without a single expectation. No matter what it was going to be like, I knew it would be extremely different from anything I could ever expect from it. When I got there, I was ready to help the students academically, but I did not realize that the one thing the students really needed was just someone to listen to them. In listening to them, and hearing their perspectives on things, I realized that as much as they needed it, I needed it just as much. I grew as a person just from taking time to listen to the hope that a child with nothing else holds onto.” -Heather Robinson
“My experience in Jamaica changed my life. I am now 100% confident that as an Education major I am entering the right field for me. The boys’ desire and willingness to learn gave me hope that as a future teacher, I will be able to motivate my students and guide them in the right direction. I was taken aback by how quickly the boys opened up and trusted us. They taught me that it’s important to always smile despite everything you’re going through. They taught me that there is never an excuse not to be the most kind, caring and generous person you can be. They showed me how to find joy in every day and that it’s okay to be silly and to never take yourself too seriously. I will hold onto everything these 80 boys taught me for the rest of my life.” -Jenna O’Donovan
For more information about the Alpha Boys School and Orphanage, please visit: http://www.alphaboysschool.org/