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  • Locations: Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3 Minimum GPA: 2
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: Human Services
Faculty Leader: Sparkman, N.
Program Description:

Spring Break in

March 2-10, 2018

Human Services Methods - HMSV 343W
Topics in Human Services- HMSV 495

The Jamaica Human Services study abroad program aims to prepare ODU students for work in in the field of Human Services and related service oriented professions by giving them hands-on experiences with culturally and ethnically diverse populations. The focus is on service learning within the community of Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Communication, cultural sensitivity, helping skills and diversity are  core competencies focused on in HMSV 343W/495.  Coursework is focused on preparation for travel and service in Jamaica. Through participation in this service learning oriented study abroad experience, students will develop and sharpen their communication, cultural sensitivity, awareness and diversity competencies while examining firsthand the relationship among theory, research, and practice. This experience will simulate entering the workforce for the first time and servicing diverse clients grounded in their cultural beliefs.  

PREREQUISITE for HMSV 343W: ENGL 211, 221C or 231C. Also there is a HMSV 341 (co-requisite). All students must be in good academic standing, and have the permission of the faculty leader to participate.
PREREQUISITE for HMSV 495: Senior standing or permission of instructor.
This course  will satisfy the 300-400 Non-GEOG/HIST/POLS requirement for International Studies majors

*Students must register and pay for three credits of HMSV 343W or HMSV 495 (3 credits) during spring 2018 registration in order to participate in this program.

Tentative Syllabus for HMSV 343W or HMSV 495 - Please see Office of Study Abroad.

Dunn’s River Falls
Montego Bay 

Service projects

Rastafarian Village visit

Day trip to Negril

Croydon Pineapple Plantation

Beach excursions

Dunn River Falls

*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Dr. Narketta Sparkman has over 15 years in the field of Human Services. She has worked in a variety of capacities as a Human Service Practitioner. She prides herself in helping those who could not help themselves. She holds a PhD in Human Services with a focus of Social and Community Services. Her dissertation is titled, “A Study of Parenting Dimension and Family Conflict in Hispanic and African American Families: Implications for Social Research.” She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Services at Old Dominion University.



Sparkman headshot


Program Cost with Dean's Academic scholarship*:

Cost includes: 
Round trip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers in Jamaica, accommodations (two people to a room), all breakfasts,  boxed lunches during lectures, international travel & health insurance, study abroad fee, all in-country transportation and entrance fees.   

Not included:
Tuition for 3 credits-participants are required to register for either HMSV 343W or HMSV 495,  passport fees, meals other than those listed above, possible $25 airline luggage fee each way, and expenses of a personal nature.

*ODU scholarships: 
Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late spring. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Estimated cost without scholarship: $

Financial Aid:
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.

Payment Schedule: $300 deposit upon application; 1st half of remaining total due on November 17, 2017 and the 2nd half on January 12, 2018. 

Dr. Narketta Sparkman
Department of Counseling and Human Services
 Education Bldg
(757) 683-4525

Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.
Jamaica falls 2


This program is currently not accepting applications.