My name is Pam Myers and I have been trying to go on this specific trip for the past two years. The Lord put up road blocks that prohibited me from going until this February. He knew that I was chosen for “such a time as this”, as one of my professors enthusiastically reminds me. This trip to Jamaica not only opened my eyes and heart to learning about a new culture but also stretched me personally and spiritually. Being away from home also gave me the opportunity to grieve and heal things in my life that I had not been able to do until this trip. Experiencing the Jamaican culture and interacting with different agencies, young teens, and children with developmental disabilities gave me the opportunity to connect the dots in my life to why I am in social work and why I have such passion for this profession. If I did not take the opportunity to go on this trip I would have missed a critical time in development as a student and soon-to-be professional.
The Jamaican trip also gave me the opportunity to establish new friendships and to learn from others. The three professors that went with us were always available to answer questions, challenge our thinking, and offer a listening ear. Each night we had a debriefing about daily occurrences, challenges, or emotional issues. During this time we all knew that this debriefing time was a safe and secure place where we could be ourselves. This allowed us to be cohesive as a group and also to get to each other better. I highly encourage students to take advantage of the cross cultural trips that Roberts Wesleyan College offers. I promise these experiences will change, recharge, and give you a new perspective, more than you could ever imagine! SO GO FOR IT!!!!