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Jamaica- A Jamaican Attitude If you cannot tell by now, I am a planner and I love using schedules, both of which we were able to use today (well, at least for the morning). In the weeks leading up to working at the Alpha schools, the elementary education group has been very anxious and lost [...]

First Days in Kingston

       When we arrived at the Alpha Schools yesterday morning, all the high school girls were waiting outside. The high school at Alpha is an all girls school, and these girls take their education very seriously. So seriously that over 100 of them showed up yesterday on their holiday break to learn material [...]

First 2 Days of Teaching!

Well today marked our first day at the Alpha Boys School. We were all very anxious to enter the school setting to experience what the schools and students are like in Jamaica. Being in the group that was teaching elementary aged boys, we didn’t have much information regarding the age levels we would be working [...]

Jamaica- A True American Girl I am absolutely loving Jamaica, but there have been a few moments where I miss my true American home. Yesterday while by the pool, the Star Spangled Banner began to play over the speakers and every one of us at the pool stopped and put our hands on our hearts; [...]

Welcome to the Jungle! The Great Huts

    It was sad to leave the Jewel Bay Resort but I was ready to explore another side of Jamaica. The hills are amazing but with two vans chugging up the winding roads can be a little nerve racking, especially when the roads have big potholes in them. It’s a shame that these potholes [...]

Complete 180

Today was our first full day with all of the different grades at the Alpha School. Our lesson for today tied in the Olympics which we introduced briefly yesterday. We had each group do 4 events: the discus (a frisbee throw), the long jump (a standing horizontal jump), the 100m dash and the 4x100m relay. [...]

The Sun Blog

Today was our second day at the Alpha boys school where our group planned a day of Olympics for the boys. All of our events were track and field based since Jamaica has been so successful in those events in previous Olympics, and especially the recent London 2012 Olympics. Our morning groups were little hell [...]

Recess in Session!

Today was our first day teaching at the Alpha Boys School. After gathering our frisbees, bats, and balls our PE group felt ready! We met a bit of resistance from the boys (grades 1 and 3) when asking them to learn a game that isn’t futball (soccer).We ended up teaching them “steal the bacon” and [...]

Is That Even Legal?

One thing if have found myself asking, no matter where we have been on this trip, is “is that even legal?” After becoming more accustomed to the different lifestyle of Jamaica there are still certain things I wonder why how they can do this. One thing I asked Dr. Egan on the first day was [...]

Ainsworth- Jamaica 5

Jamaica- A Learning Experience I love being outdoors and the Great huts was a wonderful experience, but I am more of a city girl and was glad to get into a location where I could find snacks and clothes right down the road. Our drive to Kingston was interesting, to say the least, including stops [...]