Jamaica's Heritage Moment for Jamaican Canadian University Students
Four Jamaican Canadian University Students Can Spend 5 Weeks In Jamaica Free, Learning About Heritage
By Stephen Weir
Every summer four Jamaican Canadian university students are brought back to the island to learn about their heritage. The deadline to apply for this free five-week programme is November 30th.
The Jamaican Birthright Program (JPB) is thanks to the GraceKennedy Company which seeks to reconnect second and third generation Jamaicans Canadians attending universities in Canada back to their cultural roots. It provides round-trip transportation, accommodation, a stipend and an internship in Jamaica. The students will be on island from July 1 to Aug 7th 2019.
Petronilla Marchan, one of the organizers of the programme in Canada, said, “students should apply soon. Candidates must be second or third generation Jamaicans, who have never lived in Jamaica for more than a period exceeding six months,” she said.
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 the trip, the chosen students will receive a well-rounded island experience.
The 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 them in a variety of ways, including providing practical experience and mentorships.
The JPB is funded by the GraceKennedy Foundation with support from other companies operating on the island, including Grace Foods, Western Union, Caribbean Airlines, Jamaica Tourist Board and Dolphin Cove.
According to Marchan, students interested in applying must write an essay about how Jamaica’s rich culture has influenced them. Also, the students need to provide transcripts, photographs and copies of their passport and birth certificates.
The application ia on online at www.gracekennedy.com/birthright.