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On Your Way To helping us ignite Jamaica...
Ignite International enjoys a deeply impactful partnership with the Jamaica Basketball Federation. We also have a growing relationship with the Jamaica Volleyball, Soccer and Track & Field Federations. While so many think "tropical paradise" when they picture Jamaica, we have found it is anything but. The needs are significant. Join us!
"Emanicipendence" basketball mission
Who, What, Where, When and How to get started
Who do we partner with in Jamaica?
Our primary partner in Jamaica since 2005 is the Jamaica Basketball Federation. We also connect with partners such as children's homes, homes for disabled, a rescue home for teen girls, an infirmary for destitute adults and much more. Our partners, while not specifically faith-based are each uniquely committed to impacting the lives of the people who fall under their care. We are honored to serve side by side to impact bring Eternal hope to Jamaica!
What will we be doing?
Our greatest purpose is to leverage the uniqueness of the platform we naturally have as athletes to bring hope, encouragement and relationship. We do so through sport activities such as competition and training clinics, visits to children's homes and partnership with various outreaches, NGOs, ministries and other entities making a positive impact. You will be provided a specific itinerary for your trip, as well as preparation needed for effectiveness.
Where will we stay and where will we serve?
In Montego Bay, we typically stay at a private property less than a mile from the Montego Strip. We are close enough for easy walking access but far enough away to be distant from the nightlife and potential issues. The property is securely gated, as is our particular lodging within the property. In Kingston, we stay at a hotel that partners with the Jamaica Basketball Federation. It is located in a setting off the main streets in a safe neighborhood, has 24-hour security and a gated entrance.
when is our trip?
The dates for Summer 2019 are July 30 - August 8th. There may be some variation if flights necessitate.
how do i get started?
To get started, click the button above to sign up! Submit your initial documents and your $250 non-refundable deposit. Upon receipt of your deposit, you'll be invited to access a private group in which you will be provided a sample support letter so you can immediately begin fundraising, other pertinent documents and video tutorials to help prepare as we move through the timeline from sign-up to departure! You'll also be added to a private email list from which you'll be sent periodic update and relevant info to help you get ready for a successful experience!
Is it safe?
Short answer is YES! We are keenly aware that we live in a world where anything can happen anywhere. With that said, we do all that we can to be proactive for the security of our groups, including the following:
- Stay in lodging that is gated and/or has 24-hour security on duty
- Hire bus and drivers with whom we have established relationship (or provided by the Federation)
- You will never walk alone.....period!
- Prepare before we go regarding acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, best practices, etc.
- We trust and are submitted to the advice of our partners on the ground
- We go with confidence but we are not naive - we are vigilant but not fearful
- Since 2003, we have a 100% safety and security record (by His grace and our acting in wisdom)
Hear from one who has Been There
"I was blessed with 11 days in Jamaica that held a lifetime of lessons. Traveling with Ignite has impacted my life forever by gaining a mentor and by being reminded that the Lord is at work in every corner of the planet we live on. During the trip I was shown that though I have faced trials in my life, there are people out there who are struggling far worse than I. The Lord also showed me on the trip that even in the midst of trials to not lose the smile I’ve been given, to not complain for I am highly favored, and to never doubt that the Lord won’t come forth and provide all that I need! I thank Ms.Judy for being a fantastic leader, an amazing God-fearing woman, and a lifetime friend. I pray the light continues to burn bright through the work of Ignite!!!"
Dree - Ignite Athlete
Dree - Ignite Athlete