Registration, Payments and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
We have put these pages together to assist in answering common questions. Please read through this sheet first; if you have more questions, please email: intertribalyouth [at] gmail [dot] com or Contact Us Here.
or call: 858- 314-8821 to speak to us. If you get voice mail, please leave a clear message.
Step 1: Get Passport. It’s Easy.
With your passport application at your local post office, you will need certified birth certificate, two pictures, and your appointment at the U.S. Post Office, passport services office or on-line. Service time for processing passports can range from “regular” 4-6 weeks OR “Expedited” 2-3 weeks or 5 business days. Please see full instructions and how to apply on-line visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/new.html
Step 2: Early Registration, Confirmation
Program Cost per person is $900.00 and International flight to Kingston (KIN) separate. Prior to March 10th, 2018 a payment deposit of $500 per person will be required. This will guarantee your space in program and be non-refundable. If you need to fundraise, please make a goal and request a support letter from InterTribal Youth. The remaining payment of $400 per person will be made by or before March 25th, 2018. You do have the option of paying with one payment on if you choose.
Program Cost of $900. Includes Lodging, Daily Meals, Private Transportation to all locations named, Personalized Tours and Admissions, individual pick-up/drop at airport, 2-3 nights camping, inter-tribal community teaching, program logistics.
Not included in cost: International Flight (average cost $400-$800 round-trip) to Kingston Jamaica, 1 Closing Dinner.
Payments: Check or Money Order Made to: On-Line Payments Click Here
One World BRIDGE (non-profit 501c3)
8 Elm Ave.
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Memo: Participate Name (s) Jamaica 18
Tax ID or Accounting info: 619-708-7858
Step 3: Book your Flight to Kingston (KIN) Jamaica
Airport pick-up/ and drop off at Kinston (KIN) Airport in Jamaica will be provided by our staff on
March 27th (Arrival) and
April 2nd (Departure/Return)
NLW/ITY Staff will be waiting there with a smile and sign with your name on it. We will have your arrival flight time and #. Not included in the Native Like Water program price registration is your international flight to Kingston, Jamaica. You will need to book flight to Kingston (KIN), Jamaica. Please shop early for your flights. Be mindful that this is during Easter and spring type breaks. Finding a ticket early is recommended. Depending on airport and when you book, tickets average $500-$800 Roundtrip. If you need an early arrival or later departure please let us know.
Step 4: NLW Travel Voucher
Participant will be notified by NLW once 1st payment is received with registration. Participant will receive travel voucher, liability waivers and a list of what to bring by or before March 25 with receipt of your final (second) payment. You may choose to pay with one Payment as well by March 10th.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):
Who can come to this?
The Native Like Water Jamaica Exchange 2018 is designed for folks with sincere interest in cultural, sustainability, and exchange that is enjoyable and educational. It is designed for all ages, so no one - regardless of age, feels out of place.
This program is an inter-generational learning experience and Youth over the age of 16 years old are welcome (not required) to bring an adult family member guest.
How do I get an invitation to register?
Please email us using this link: Contact US. Please place Jamaica 18 in the subject line. Message to speak to someone, call: 858- 314-8821
What is the purpose of this trip? We will take a close look into Jamaican Arts, Culture, Leisure and Sustainability of the people and region. Special attention will be given to ecological sustainability, music, wellness, leisure and culture exchange.
Is there physical difficulty in the activities?
The experience and adventure is casual and physical demand is very mild. Participant always retains the decision on how and when to participate in activities, according to their comfort level. One should have an affinity with outdoor activity.
What is the weather like?
Temperature and climate is primarily tropical and mild in the mountains. Temps range from 60 degrees to 95 degrees. There will be sun and rain and mild humidity. Nothing unbearable.
International Arrival, Airport Pick-up?
We provide pick-up and drop off at Kingston, Jamaica International Airport March 27 (arrival). NLW/ITY Staff will be waiting there with a smile and sign with your name on it. We will have your arrival flight time and #.
Are there Scholarships Available?
ITY does not issue full scholarships for the Jamaica program. Participant costs are kept to a bare minimum, as ITY works in collaboration with local communities. Participant sponsorship must be initiated by the participant. Participant must first locate potential sponsor. ITY provides official invitation letter which most use to raise funds, support, sponsorship. ITY will assist participant with this process once participant has named potential sponsor with contact information.. ITY will follow through and provide supporting necessary information. This is a method that has proved successful by past ITY International Travel program participants. Please place confidence in yourself and your dreams.
Chaperones? Group Leader?
ITY Director, Marc Chavez, and at least 1 other female/male teacher leaders (TBA) will maintain logistics and lead the exchange experience along with local cultural specialists, professors, and tour guides. We will follow the educational guide and safety cues of local professionals during visits and travel.
Keeping in touch with participant?
We will supply direct cell phone numbers to reach ITY staff for emergency, with the exception when in areas of limited cell access. Participants will be allowed to make phone calls on 3-4 separate nights to call family at the decision of the participant. There will be access to WiFi Internet during at least 50% of the time while in Jamaica. Enough leisure time is provided to stay connected to friends and family via WiFi.
Where do participants sleep and what are the arrangements?
Accommodations will always be clean, comfortable and range from modest to rustically majestic.
Male and female participants, unless traveling as a family or significant other will be separated and chaperoned. There are 2 adult volunteer staff members to every 5 participants. Like all our programs, we are respectful to the wishes of all families and preferences. Please contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
Jamaica has the reality of a developing country in the Caribbean, some considering it a “Third World”. Like on all U.S. reservations, urban areas, and localized areas that Native Like Water visits, we are guided by locals with our group safety as main priority. We respect local law of the land and provide safety orientations on the first day of the tour. Native Like Water Tour leaders and ITY Staff have worked safely with youth and adults in North America and Latin America/Caribbean for over 10 years.
Advisory: Jamaica is often famed for its music, beaches, food, public markets, athletes, and “Ganga” (cannabis). We have been informed that it is often commonplace to see cannabis/ganga at public markets, public beaches, public gatherings, etc. By no means does this mean that ITY or Native Like Water promote or support substance use or abuse. This advisory is intended to inform travelers of the local culture and ITY/NLW does not have control of. If this advisory or fact is something that may offend you or go against your beliefs, you may want to reconsider attending.
During travel to Jamaica, NLW will recognize and respect the nation of Jamaica’s laws, culture, and sovereignty, which protects their freedoms and practices. By no means, does this mean that ITY nor NLW take a political, cultural or ethical position on laws of another nation or people. ITY and NLW visit is based on education and cultural exchange with mutual respect. We have provided this advisory out of respect for those traveling and the local people.
Refunds? What if I cancel before the Trip and I already paid my first payment?
If an unseen circumstance arises and participant is unable to travel on March 26, participant’s first payment cannot be refunded. However, second payment can be refunded if given NLW notice prior to March 15th. No refunds can be provided if we are notified after March 15th.
Note: Participant international flight refund of ticket (booked separately) will be good for 1 year upon contacting the airline for canceling. You must contact the airline directly and immediately if this occurs. Airline, may incur a fee to change your ticket, but you will not loose airline ticket. Usually, you may use it up to one year and may be used for ITY’s following program.
Refunds, after second payment?
If participant is unable to travel after you have made your second payment of $400 , 50% of your payment will be refunded. Native Like Water will need to be contacted 7 days prior to March 26th to ensure this. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund payments after this date, due to reservation commitments made on participant’s behalf in Jamaica.
The Bob Marley Museum at Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica