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  • Locations: Petersfield, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:




Through Amizade's individual volunteer placement opportunities in Jamaica interested STEP students may develop a service project in construction, teaching in schools, architectural design, or running a summer camp.

Individual placements are typically designed with volunteers with a particular focus or skill, looking to share with a community. They also tend to be better suited for a more independent experience. Participants design their own program dates, though the minimum commitment is one week. 

PLEASE NOTE: While this experience is only available to STEP students, this is not a group program.  Individual applicants work with the program provider to select their preferred placement and experience dates. There is no guarantee there will be other STEP students on-site during your particular dates of participation.  

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Students are required to follow the application steps in order as they are outlined under the "Eligibility" tab.  Students must first apply via Ohio State Education Abroad by the application deadline and be approved before continuing the application process with the provider. 


Jamaica is known for its beach resorts, tropical beauty, and warm, friendly atmosphere, yet the majority of this enchanting island is not visited by tourists. The small and very safe community of Petersfield, located in the heart of Jamaica’s sugarcane industry, offers volunteers a glimpse into a more authentic Jamaican culture than the flashy Montego Bay destinations.


Individual volunteers reside with a host family.

Education Abroad Coordinator

Jenny Kraft



Courses and Credit

This is not a credit-bearing experience.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be in STEP, be in good academic standing with the university, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Application Process

1. Complete the OIA Education Abroad Application: start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page.
2. Eligible applicants will be prompted by OIA to continue the application process with the service-learning program provider. Students should only apply to the provider after being instructed to do so by OIA.  
3. The service-learning program provider will advise students on their application requirements.
4. Students approved by the provider will be formally accepted to the program by OIA


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Students will pay the Amizade program fee directly to Amizade according to their payment schedule plus international insurance fee to Ohio State.

Program fees include a service placement, lodging, meals, cultural and recreational activities, and support from Amizade’s local site directors. Programs that take place outside the US include and transportation to and from the local airport. All fees additionally include a contribution to a community partner organization, which typically takes place through infrastructure donations, stipends for speakers, or other general operating donations. Over 80% of fees go directly to program costs. Less than 20% of fees go to administration.

Fees do not include international airfare, passport or visa costs, or immunizations.

IMPORTANT: Ohio State does not make payments to the program provider on behalf of students, nor are funds transferred between the two institutions. Students are responsible for making payment directly to the provider.

The release of STEP funds cannot be changed to accommodate the billing cycle of a particular program provider. Students who rely on STEP funds in order to make payments to the provider should work directly with the provider early on to determine if a portion of their payment may be deferred based upon expected release of university funds. Students may be expected to make payments months prior to the release of STEP funds and should plan accordingly. 

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.




Information Sessions



U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2021 01/04/2021 01/18/2021 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed