Drexel Winter Break in Jamaica: Consulting, Culture, Cuisine, & Citizenship
The Caribbean – Consulting, Culture, Cuisine, & Citizenship will be held in Jamaica, December 2018. This 3-credit experiential learning course is a great option for students in business, entrepreneurship, history, music and hospitality, but all will benefit and enjoy it, and are welcome to participate.
This one week Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) will be an immersion into the various commercial and cultural environments of a beautiful, independent, small sovereign nation, with a long, rich heritage of influences from Spanish and English rule, and whose main industries include sugar, rum, coffee, bauxite, fishing, and tourism. Reggae, as Jamaica’s unique musical genre, and an industry as well, evolved after its independence in 1962, and has influenced worldwide culture and other music genres since. Students will learn about the history of the country, understand its business and political environments, visit important sites (including main industry and small business sites, landscapes, plantations, buildings, etc.), and experience much of its cuisine and music as well. Time will be spent in guided tours, and first hand experiences, and include listening to the music of reggae, and engaging in lessons and conversations with the instructor(s) and peers surrounding the topics presented. Students will also participate in a service project involving the education system in Jamaica - the future of any community hinges in part on its citizens and their education for future prosperity; connecting with, understanding and supporting the youth in Jamaica will contribute to the long term economic vision. Finally, time will be spent in conversations with small business owners about issues, opportunities and strategies in their business (that students will prepare for through research and a real world case study and mini-consulting project).
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
--Understand the main industries of Jamaica, through visits which may include to local fishing, bauxite, sugar, rum and coffee plantations/mines and from discussions with tourism specialists and resort personnel on the many facets of resort operations
--Explain the commercial and economic landscape, including currency, trade, and populous as well as the country’s current positioning as the fourth hub in the global logistics chains, joining Singapore, Dubai and Rotterdam, and its impact on future global trade
--Provide advice and ideas through a real-world case study and mini-consulting project to small business owners interested in expansion and development to target markets that include US students
--Describe the history of Jamaica and its “parishes”, its ties to Spain, England and Africa, and its path to sovereignty in the last century
--Relate their experience of the music of reggae, including visiting locations related to Bob Marley, and understand the history and influence of the genre for both Jamaica and the world, including the Rastafarian movement
--Appreciate the vast beauty of the country and its place in the Caribbean, after seeing its sites and sampling its food, drink and general culture
--Connect with the youth of Jamaica in a service project to support the educational system of the economy
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Students will be registered for HRM T380 (The Caribbean – Consulting, Culture, Cuisine and Citizenship) for 3 credits as a part of their winter term course load. Students must leave space for this 3 credits in their winter term credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The 3 credit for this program are not optional. A syllabus for the course will be provided.
Pre-requisites: There are no pre-requisites for this course. All majors and all levels of students are welcome to apply.
Instructor: This program will be led by Dana D'Angelo (firstname.lastname@example.org), Clinical Professor in LeBow College of Business.
Arrival Date: December 14, 2018
Departure Date: December 20, 2018
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.
Pre and Post-trip Class Requirements
- Attend two sessions pre-departure (a general orientation and a client project introduction)
- Review online content for preparation (readings, music and videos)
- Complete a few short online assignments and posts
- Attend 2 sessions post-program for client project work and final presentations
- Complete a post-program reflection
--Daily discussions with instructors, peers and activity representatives
--Service project with a local social enterprise
--Discussion with small business owners/clients regarding team consulting-based project ideas
--Visit and dialogue with professionals from industry and government
--Tour of Kingston’s major highlights
--Interactions with fisherman and businesses at a local beach
--Cooking class and Jamaican sports
--Visits to major sites of reggae recording history, including Bob Marley
--Visit to local falls and natural beauty
Due September 30, 2018 - $500 Advance Payment +$25 application fee
Due November 1, 2018 - $1,150 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
Included in Program Fee:
- 7 days/6 nights accommodations (bed and breakfast guest house and beach cottages)
- Two meals (all breakfasts and lunch or dinner daily)
- All on-site transportation, including airport transfers
- All program activities, entrance fees, guided tours, speakers, tips, etc.
- Emergency evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Fee:
- Round trip airfare ($700)
- Remaining meals ($65)
- Passport ($135)
- Spending Money (optional)
- Room key deposit upon arrival (returned at check-out) ($10)
- Non-US citizens may be required to apply for a visa
- US Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for Jamaica. Other nationalities should confirm on the Jamaica Embassy website.