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Jamaica Blog #3

Journal Entry #3 Today has been one of the most rewarding days of my life. Today was our first of teaching at the alpha boys school. The alpha boys school is located in the heart of Kingston, the capitol of Jamaica. This school is where many young boys who have nowhere else to go come [...]

Jamaica Blog #1

I can’t believe that I’m here! I’m finally, finally in Jamaica. This trip has been so long anticipated, so long planned for that it began to feel like it was never actually going to happen. I’m surprised at how, although we are in a third world country, I still feel like I’m in America. The [...]

Time To Get Down To Business

Wednesday morning we all woke up early, put on our teacher clothes, ate a free breakfast, and headed to the schools. A large group of girls greeted us as soon as we entered the grounds. All of the math teachers were excited to see the large group of girls, but I could tell they were nervous. We all [...]

Welcome 2013

On New Year’s Eve we visited the local market. The first thing that we did when we got to the market was to either exchange our American dollars for Jamaican dollars or go to the ATM to withdrawal money. I went to the ATM and withdrew Jamaican money. In Jamaica $100 U.S. is about $9000 [...]

Over Already? No, it has just begun!

Wow. It is hard to put to words how the last three days of the trip went while at the Alpha Schools. To put into perspective how I felt going into this experience I have to admit the anxiety and stress I continuously struggled with as we prepared for the trip, mentally and physically. After Student [...]

Jamaica: Great Huts 2 & Alpha

So my plan to blog after the Great Huts was a complete fail. However, there were still some interesting things that happened. After those first two days at the huts, we spent a lot of time traveling around and visiting different beaches. After going to the blue lagoon, the group went to Hanna Banana. Even [...]

Jamaica- Feelings of Leaving Alpha I do not even know how to begin to describe my feelings over the three days at the Alpha Boys school. I was surprised when on the first day, the principal warned us that many boys were there because they have gotten in trouble with the law and are trying [...]

The final days. Sad to go.

Kingston We made it through the mountains alive!  It was a pretty crazy drive but the scenery was beautiful. Once we were in Kingston, the atmosphere completely change. Before arriving to Kingston, we stayed and traveled to serene places with beautiful vegetation. Kingston on the other hand, while still beautiful, is full of city noise [...]

Last Days in Jamaica

The end of our trip was bittersweet. In many ways, I think a lot of us were ready to go home, but it was sad for such a great experience to be ending. The time at the school seemed to go by so quickly. By the last day, we were just starting to really get [...]

Kingston, Jamaica

Words can not explain the experiences that I’ve had these past three days at the Alpha Girls’ School! I not only taught them math concepts but they also taught me a lot about myself. I am truly blessed to have had this opportunity. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.