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									  The Most Important Information You Need To
            Know...Before Your Trip
It is so important to have proper expectations for your trip to be successful. The following
(although not an exhaustive) are expectations of which you need to be aware.

      This trip is most likely going to be some of the hardest work you’ve ever done in your
      life; complaining is just not profitable; love on the children; even when you’re stink’en
      tired from a long day of hard work – keep focused on what is most important – people
      need your love; showers will be very, very short and usually cold; you are going to be
      more dirty than you’ve ever been; it will be hot; the bus ride from the airport to
      Harmons is long which is probably the last thing you will want after traveling all day; it
      will be hot; each team member will only take one back pack for the stuff they need and
      2 check-in suitcases which weigh 50 lbs each; most if not all of the stuff you pack you
      should plan on leaving in Harmons; did we mention it will be hot.

Of all the stuff you have gathered and have been given to take to Harmons, you can only take
100 lbs (plus what you manage to jam in your carry-on). That might sound like a lot but it
really isn’t. Once you get to Harmons, you will wish that you could have brought everything
you own. The following is how we require all teams to pack.

         The goal is to pack as much stuff to give away as possible
       and pack as little as possible stuff that you want to bring home.
       1. Each team member will take one carry-on (usually a back pack) and two check-in
      suitcases. IMPORTANT Please only bring suitcases that you can leave in Jamaica. If
      at all possible bring soft sided suitcases. Don’t pack in large duffle or military bags.
      Large oversized bags only draw unwanted attention to yourself and the team when
      going through Jamaican customs. This extra attention causes customs agents to
      thoroughly search everyone bags. Soft sided suitcases can be found at thrift stores,
      garage sales or in grandma’s attic. Be sure the suitcases are large enough to pack 50 lbs
      in them. We encourage that everything, except for work clothes and work shoes, that
      each team member will be taking to Jamaica and bringing home with them be packed
      only in one’s carry-on. It is also a good idea to line your suitcase in Wal-Mart or
      Grocery store size plastic bags that we can use in the Store.
       2. The two check-in suitcases need to weigh as close to 50 lbs (without going over) as
      possible and will be full of items to be given away. Be sure to only bring suitcases that
      are large enough to actually hold 50 lbs.

Pack the following personal items in your carry-on (back pack):
   one normal outfit for the North Coast
   swim suit (modest one-piece or tankini)
   sleep wear
   socks and undies for 7 days
   Bible & pen (journal if you keep one)
   flashlight
   work gloves
   sunscreen (only every 3rd or 4th person needs to bring this)
   snacks for yourself (granola bars, fruit snacks)
   shower sandals or flip flops
   any personal medicine you might need (Dramamine, etc)

Pack the following personal items in one check-in suitcase:
IMPORTANT These items should be rolled and the bundled together very tightly in one
or two Wal-Mart size bags and labeled with duck tape such as “Sally K’s work clothes”
This is so anyone can unpack any checked suitcase and one’s work clothes are easily marked.
     5 days worth of work clothes (t-shirts and shorts to be worn at the work-site)
     work shoes
     one towel for showering

These items should also be packed in the one check-in suitcase:
   ½ gallon water bottle with your name on it (better yet, attach it to the outside of your
      back pack)
   your assigned food items
   box of your favorite cereal or other personal breakfast food (ie. pop tarts, granola bars)
   1 can of green beans & 1 can of corn
   1 roll of toilet paper
      Teams of 4 can share personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste, shower soap,
      snacks, etc that will be used in Jamaica. Remember not to back liquids in your carry-
      on. Also the food items that team members are assigned/picked are VITAL. These
      food items are used to help feed the team while you are in Harmons so it is important
      that each member bring and pack their assigned items.
      IMPORTANT Please do not pack short shorts or tank tops. After a long, sweaty
      day of work, even the sturdiest tank tops end up pretty risqué. Please do not cut
      sleeves off your T-shirts, this ruins a shirt that can be given away at the end of the
      week. T-shirt sleeves can be rolled up to help with that oh so important tan. Also
      there is no need to waste valuable space with hairdryers. Your hair will be dry within
      minutes anyway.

Last few important packing tips.

Put anything with a lid in a Zip-Lock bags or Duck tape the top. The last thing you want is to
open a nicely packed suitcase in Jamaica only to find that your large plastic jar of mayonnaise
exploded inside. To prevent this catastrophe from happening, duck tape the lid and put any
item that could get squeezed and explode in a gallon size zip-lock bag. Do not pack items
that could puncher or explode near the edge of the suitcase. Protect these types of items with
clothes. Be carefully packing sharp items or tools near breakables. Do not duck tape cans of
vegetable. As well as food items, toiletries items like shampoo should be protected with duck
tape and zip-lock bags.

It is a good idea to weigh your suitcases with an accurate scale. There are expensive airport
penalties if a suitcase weighs more that 50 lbs. Try to put heavier items (i.e. cans of spaghetti
sauce) in smaller suitcases to help them reach 50 lbs. Make sure all suitcases have name and
addresses on them. Don’t put the same color yarn or some other “group marker” on the
suitcases. This will only draw attention to the large number of bags your group is brining into
the country.

                     Other items to fill your check-in suitcases:

                The #1 requested and needed item are children’s clothes.
                       Underlined items are also greatly needed.

Backpacks, composition books, pencils, notebooks, pens, markers, construction paper, school
glue, rulers, scissors, tape.
Anti-fungus cream, adult and children's cold medicine, Tylenol or any brand, pin worm
medicine, vitamins, antibiotics, gauze, Band-Aids, antibiotic creams, bandages, ointments,
cough syrup, first aid kits.
Any shoes, work boots, adult soccer shoes, black/brown heavy school shoes, children’s shoes.
Baby powder, shampoo, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap.
Any masonry tools, paint brushes, paint rollers, hammers, handsaws, tape measures, heavy
electrical cords, power tools, drill bits, screw bits.
Any size sheets, pillowcases, towels and small washcloths, sewing machines in good working
order, material, hard plastic plates & bowls, silverware, pots & pans, sharp knives, dish towels.
Any clean mended clothes, children clothes, new underwear & socks, infant clothes, adult
clothes (Jamaica is a tropical climate, so do not pack winter clothes).
AA, C & D size batteries, watches, radios of any kind, toys, padlocks, hats, jewelry (necklaces,
earrings, etc.), soccer balls, ball pumps & needles, extra flashlights & batteries.
ITEMS NOT TO PACK (all are items that have come down over the years)
Bowling balls, electric blankets, humidifiers, one shoe, condoms, heavy winter jackets.

              Phone numbers in Jamaica for Extreme Emergencies
                          Josh Shaffer’s cell phone 1-876-820-9004
                          Loyd Jackson’s cell phone 1-876-806-0538
                          Henry Shaffer’s cell phone 1-876-490-6482
                           Don Wright (Jamaican) 1-876-496-8998
                              Silver Seas Hotel 1-876-974-5005
                            Home office in DuBois Pennsylvania
                            Henry & Linda Shaffer 814-371-9394

 Information team members need regarding Jamaican Immigration forms
                    that are filled out on the plane

                                  Intended Address in Jamaica:
                        Harmony House, Harmons, Manchester Parish
                                        Purpose of Visit:
      Vacation (if asked by the Officer feel free to fully explain what you will be doing)
                 If asked for a Jamaican Contact by the Immigration Officer:
                               Rev. Edmond Folkes - Mandeville
 When asked by Customs officials what is in your bags reply that you have personal food and
 clothes. If they ask if you have anything to give away, they are concerning that you may be
     bringing items to sell, you are not, so reply that everything is for you and your team.

      Website for friends & family to view pictures throughout the week
                                Please leave at home

                                Cell Phones, IPods, Colds

                             Sample Trip Itinerary
                       Events and their order are subject to change


Team departs home airport and arrives in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Transport team and luggage to Harmons

Dinner upon arrival – Welcome, Unpack, Leaders meeting


Breakfast, Orientation, Harmons walking tour

Lunch, Work assignments, Work sites

Dinner, Courtyard event, Team meeting


Breakfast, Morning meeting, Work assignments, Work sites

Lunch, Work sites

Dinner, Team meeting, Men’s Night in the Courtyard,


Breakfast, Morning meeting, Work assignments, Store, Work sites

Lunch, Transport team to May Pen – Clarendon Infirmary

Dinner, Team meeting, Movie in the Courtyard

Breakfast, Morning meeting, Work assignments, Store, Work sites

Lunch, Work sites

Dinner in local homes, Team meeting, Ladies Night in the Courtyard


Breakfast, Morning meeting, Work assignments, Complete Work sites

Lunch, Free time activity with the community, Dedicate houses

Dinner, Harmons Craft Market, Farewell in courtyard, Team Experience


Breakfast, Transport team to Ocho Rios, Check-in to the Silvers Seas hotel, Climb

Dunn’s River Falls

Lunch, Free time

Team Dinner, Final Team meeting on Pier


Transport team to Montego Bay

Team departs Montego Bay (MBJ) and arrives home

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