Annie went to Jamaica with Elms students and Sisters of St. Joseph Maureen Kervick, Jeanne Branchaud and Elms College Director of Insitutional Marketing John Guimond.
By Annie Dunnack
Class of 2010
Jamaica was about laughing with kids, visiting homes, walking the beautiful hills, and being submerged in a new and inspiring culture.
Jamaica gave us all the opportunity to learn through others about ourselves. Our nine day trip consisted of visiting the four separate mission villages of Stony Hill. In our specific missions we spent time with a Passionist Volunteer, getting to know the community and walking with the people. We organized arts and crafts activities at the schools, walked children home, visited the elderly and sick, ate home cooked feasts and met endless inspiring individuals.
As an entire group we spent one day painting a school and building a structure to shade a lunch room area. Another day we visited a home for orphaned boys with special needs. As we blew bubbles and played with shaving cream, we smiled and laughed at the energy and genuine happiness exhibited by these young boys. In just one visit we were quickly reminded of the true meaning of beauty.
Jamaica was about going outside our comfort zones, becoming a family and reminding each of us about the importance of living in the moment.