Four Jamaican Canadian Students Can Spend a Month In Jamaica
.Jamaica Birthright Programme extends application deadline
By Stephen Weir
As seen in the Caribbean Camera newspaper
Jamaican Canadian university students who have not lived in Jamaica can still apply for this summer’s Jamaican Birthright Programme. Birthright, which includes round trip transportation, accommodation, a stipend and a summer internship in Jamaica is designed to reconnect second or third generation Jamaicans to their cultural roots.
“Students should note that the deadline to apply has been extended to December 6th” explained Petronilla Marchan, one of the Toronto organizers of the programme funded by the GraceKennedy Foundation.
“GraceKennedy will host four Canadian university students for a one month Internship this summer” she said. “Candidates must be second or third generation Jamaicans who have never lived in Jamaica for more than a period exceeding six months.”
The Programme is a cultural and professional internship geared at highlighting all aspects of Jamaican life while furthering the career goals of the students. Over the course of it all the students will receive a well-rounded Jamaican experience.
The chosen students will work in a GraceKennedy subsidiary linked to their particular field of study, giving them hands-on experience in a wide range of disciplines. This internship is meant to benefit the student in a variety of ways, including providing practical experience and mentorships.
Tbe Birthright Programme is also being offered to students in the US and the United Kingdom. It is being funded by the GraceKennedy Foundation with support from many companies including Grace Foods, Western Union, Caribbean Airlines, Jamaica Tourism and Dolphin Coast.
According to Ms Marchan, students interested in applying must write an essay about how Jamaica’s rich culture has influenced them. As well the students need to provide transcripts, photographs and copies of their passport and birth certificates.
“The application is done on line
(www.gracekennedy.com/birthright). As well students and parents can contact me in Toronto at (647) 361-9880 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org " said Ms Marchan.