Share in the Jamaican Experience
What better way to experience the culture of a nation than through its people? For travellers seeking insight into the Jamaican experience and the warm welcome
of a Jamaican friend, the islands Meet The People programme provides an ideal option. Launched in 1968 by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the Meet The People
programme reaches out to visitors curious to explore the culture of this vibrant Caribbean island, taking them beyond the traditional resort and beach setting
into the colourful realm of Jamaicas lifestyle, tradition and customs.
Read an excellent article all about this unique experience in
The Washington Post.
( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/23/AR2009102301983.html )
An Enriching Experience of Hospitality
Visitors wishing to take part in the Meet-the-People programme are teamed up with Jamaican hosts or volunteers who share a common profession, hobby or interest,
free of cost. In true Jamaican fashion, these volunteers offer a hand of friendship and hospitality to visitors who genuinely want to know Jamaicans and the
Jamaican way of life.
Meet The People allows the visitor to meet a Jamaican who can enhance their enjoyment of the real Jamaica. Guests may get to meet a family or know a fellow
musician, doctor, photographer, nurse, teacher or artist, or participate in a wide range of activities, such as hiking, shopping at a local craft or food
market, visit a church, tour a facility or have a chat over Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain coffee.
Whatever the focus, these activities are uniquely Jamaican, providing an island experience that only locals can create, and a pathway to the unique aspects of
Jamaica’s rich endearing heritage in people, culture, music, cuisine and natural landscape. The Jamaica Tourist Board will make all arrangements for you to
participate in the Meet-the-People programme! Once you have confirmed your accommodations and your travel dates, simply sign up online. We are waiting to