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Jamaica Tour: Maroon Heritage and Slave Resistance​

sample itinerary

Day One

Global Academics travelers arrive at the Montego Bay Airport (MBJ) and transfer to the S Hotel or similar

Hosted Welcome Dinner with visual presentation on “Beyond the Tourist Image of Jamaica”

Day Two

Guided Walking Tour of downtown Montego Bay with visit to Sam Sharpe Square, Jail House, the recently installed Resistance Monument, and tour the Hanover Museum to learn about resistance to slavery in Jamaica

Day Three

Visit to Rose Hall Great House slave plantation and guided tour of Green Grotto Caves, site of slave resistance and geographical wonder

Tour of Marcus Garvey’s Birthplace, Printing Press where Garvey apprenticed as a youth, and Library Monument in honor of Garvey

Guest lecture “Who is Marcus Garvey?: A Jamaican Perspective”

Day Four
Drive to Charlestown Maroon Community

Check into Private Villas

Free afternoon at the beach or pool

Day Five

Charlestown Community Welcome with Maroon Drum and Dance Session

Guided Maroon History Museum Tour

Workshop: “African Healing Wisdom: Maroon Plant and Herb Medicine”

Hosted traditional Maroon cook out with the community

Day Six

Panel Discussion: “Employment, Remittance and Education in Jamaica: The Peoples Perspective”

Activity: Neighborhood Walking Tour in Port Antonio. Lead by our friends of the local community. Meet neighbors, professionals, shop owners and more as they talk about local political issues and concerns

Adventure: Visit to Local Waterfall for swimming

Day Seven
Activity: Visit to Winefred Beach the last “free access public beach” in Jamaica to learn about the communities fight to keep the beach open and free for the people

Swim and relax at Winefred Beach

Day Eight

Adventure: Maroon Heritage Hike at Cuna Cuna Pass in the Blue Mountains lead by the Bowden Pen Association of Environmental and Heritage protection. During the hike, participants will learn about the ways Maroons thrived in the hills while successfully fighting off British soldiers and slave holders seeking to re-enslave them

Day Nine

Early Drive to Kingston. Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston or similar

Tour of Bob Marley’s Kingston home/museum

View Film on the life and influence of Bob Marley

Visit to Marcus Garvey’s Liberty Hall

Lecture by renowned economist Dr. Michael Witter on “Globalization and the impact on Jamaican Life”

Day Ten
Visit to the National Gallery of Jamaica to view and learn about famed artists and their impact on Jamaican culture

Workshop: Visit to Jamaicans for Justice for discussion on police brutality in Jamaica and the ways grass roots organizers are advocating for change

Day Eleven

Depart back to the U.S. or extend your stay