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Swamp Corps Impact

Community Endorsements

Your motto, 'Making Memories, Creating Character', has been loudly demonstrated and has made an indelible mark on the staff members of Hampton School, who are extremely impressed by the spirit of volunteerism among the youngsters. Congratulations to you and the other leaders of Swamp Corps – you are certainly helping to make the world a better, brighter place.
Ms. Penny Green, Operations Manager, Hampton School.

Read Ms. Green's complete memo.
I am optimistic about the success of the camp and endorse its concept and intentions.
Dr. Kenneth Baugh, Former Deputy Prime Minister Jamaica and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Read Dr. Baugh's complete memo.
  • Participant Feedback
    US Participants:

    Program met my personal objectives 4.89
    Application process was easy and smooth 4.84
    Pre-trip communication was timely and informative 4.70
    The impact this trip had on my life 4.97
    The trip is beneficial to college admissions 4.82
    Overall Total 4.84

    Host Community Participants:

    The week was safe, fun, and memorable 5.00
    It was worth the money time and effort 4.83
    The lessons learned will help me be a better citizen 4.83
    The activities and classes were relatable for my age 4.83
    I would recommend this to my friends 5.00
    Overall Total 4.90


    Greatest Benefit (choose two):

    US Participants:

    Service Learning Opportunities 5%
    Multicultural Sharing 30%
    Leadership Training 11%
    International Travel Experience & Goodwill 2%
    Diversity and Cultural Tolerance Training 3%
    Exposure to New Traditions, Languages, and Societies 31%
    Personal Growth Via Unaccustomed Experiences 19%

    Host Community Participants:

    Safe & Fun Overnight Camp Experience 45%
    Peer-to-Peer Relationship Training 10%
    Service Oriented Activities 0%
    Interpersonal Skill Training 10%
    Character Based Instruction 10%
    Team Building Exercises 25%


    Self-Assessed Learning Comments:

    • "I learned that all humans are the same no matter what color or where they live."

    • "I learned how to lead people with different cultural backgrounds."

    • "I learned how to have healthy, pure relationships that build others up and not tear others down."

    • "I learned more about myself as well as those around me. This experience opened my eyes to the world around me and gave me a greater appreciation and heart for people different from me."

    • "I learned how to give without wanting credit for it."


    Check for Learning Scores:

    Tests are given at the beginning of the week with questions related to that weeks curriculum agenda and then again repeated at the end of the week in order to verify learning and retention.

    Average Score Beginning of the Week 77%
    Average Score End of the Week 90%
    Increase 13%
  • Parent Feedback
    US Parents:

    Program met my child's personal objectives 4.94
    Application process was easy and smooth 4.84
    Pre-trip communication was timely and informative 4.73
    The impact this trip had on my child's life 4.90
    The trip is beneficial to college admissions 4.37
    Overall Total 4.76

    Host Community Parents:

    The week was safe, fun, and memorable 5.00
    It was worth the money time and effort 5.00
    The lessons learned will help my child be a better citizen 4.67
    The activities and classes were relatable for my child's age 4.50
    I would recommend this to my friends 4.83
    Overall Total 4.80


    Greatest Benefit (choose two):

    US Parents:

    Service Learning Opportunities 21%
    Multicultural Sharing 17%
    Leadership Training 14%
    International Travel Experience & Goodwill 14%
    Diversity and Cultural Tolerance Training 7%
    Exposure to New Traditions, Languages, and Societies 8%
    Personal Growth Via Unaccustomed Experiences 20%

    Host Community Parents:

    Safe & Fun Overnight Camp Experience 23%
    Peer-to-Peer Relationship Training 24%
    Service Oriented Activities 0%
    Interpersonal Skill Training 0%
    Character Based Instruction 31%
    Team Building Excercises 23%


    Comments:

    • "We noticed character changes on return from the camp - a totally different attitude."

    • "My child was greatly impacted by last year's trip. It was a chance for her to be out of herself, and other's centered. Of course, also making that impact on others who are less fortunate. She came back home, a changed, more mature person. We were so thankful for the opportunity. In addition, we have heard of the great impact that was experienced by the Jamaican teens in the months that followed as well. I hope this is the start of more of the same!"

    • "My child learned to love the kids and accept their cultural differences. I would say he became a better human being in that he saw a very different culture and was able to bond with those in that culture!"

    • "The trip offered my child a new experience of how other people in this world live. She had read a lot about it but nothing is more real than being there and seeing with your own eyes. Being involved with the kids there helped her by them explaining the things that she saw. She was able to see how the societies live and how the classes of people differ from one place to another. What I have seen is that she has grown and become more thankful for the things that we have. The simple things she see may not be simple for other kids her age. I know that this experience will be one that will help to become the young lady that she will grow up to be."
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