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Deaf Can Coffee - Bridging the Communication Gap in Jamaica

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Kingston, Jamaica
Course # SA 10521
Duration Winter Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Winter Break 2017 12/30/17 to 01/06/18

Program Leader

Name Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

Deaf Can! Coffee is a social enterprise in Jamaica operated by Deaf baristas.  In order to bridge the communication between non-signing customers and the Deaf staff, an app was developed (by EPICS students on the DKC team) to help customers place orders and learn sign language through the process. Students from EPICS Purdue will visit Deaf Can! Coffee to implement the system as well as learn about Deaf culture and Jamaican culture.

During the one week visit (Dec 30-Jan 6), EPICS will travel around Jamaica to see different sights, learn more and experience the beauty of the people.

Draft itinerary:

December 30, 2017: Arrive in Jamaica at Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), travel to the school and get settled in the dormitories

December 31, 2017: Travel to Top Hill, St Elizabeth to meet the Deaf community and Clarke the farmer who inspired the movement behind Deaf Can! Coffee

January 1, 2018: Bring in the new year with unveiling, setting up and testing of the new system

January 2, 2018: Pilot the system at one of our public locations and visit our other shops

January 3, 2018: Barista 101 class where Deaf Can! Baristas teach the EPICS students

January 4, 2018: Trip to the Blue Mountains and Old Tavern Estates coffee farm

January 5, 2018: Trip to YS Water Falls and a visit to the Jamaica Deaf Village

January 6, 2018: Depart from KIN airport (Kingston)

Academic Credit

Earn 1 credit for EPCS 49000.


Maximum of 9 students. Freshman-Senior, but only those who are taking EPICS and are on the DKC team.

Application Deadline

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

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