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Kingston, Jamaica The Alpha Boys’ School

My first impressions of Kingston were similar to the impression I get from any large city. Just like Chicago, New York or San Francisco, there was a lot of traffic and a lot of cars and people biking on the side of the roads. Although this was all the same, it seemed that the drivers [...]

Redemption Song

Journal #3: Alpha Boys School The last week of our trip, we had the wonderful experience of working with the Alpha schools teachers and students. Thinking back on the entire trip, I have uncovered so many of my own assumptions and have definitely changed my ideas on what it means to teach and why I [...]

One Love

Journal #2: the Great Huts As soon as we began our journey to the Great Huts, I was taken aback by the beauty of Jamaica. We drove through the mountains and the trees, ocean, rocks, etc. were incredible. At the Great Huts, we really got to embrace the beauty of the nature, the ocean, sunrises, [...]

Smile Jamaica

Journal #1: jewel Runaway Bay: Staying at the resort was wonderful. From the minute we arrived, we were given everything we desired. It was like living in royalty. The beach was beautiful, the trees were great, the rooms were wonderful, the pools and hot tubs were nice too. We heard music from the top 40 [...]

Alpha Primary, Kingston, Jamaica

My last week in Jamaica was a bit different than the past week had been. There were no more excursions planned and fancy dinners on the town (Okay, maybe a few dinners) but we were heading to Kingston to work in the Alpha Schools for the next five days. Before arriving in Kingston, I was [...]

The Alpha Boys

I have an airplane pack of cookies and a small cup of watered down apple juice accompanying my iPad on my fold down airplane tray. As I look out the window trying to figure out how to sum up this past week, the small snowy fields below remind me that I’m not in Jamaica anymore.I [...]

A Difficult Goodbye

Alpha Primary School, grades 1-6 Kingston, Jamaica “Different” is the word of the week! I knew coming into the Jamaican school system that I would experience a little culture shock, but I was not prepared for what I was thrown into. Let me begin by saying that the students are absolutely phenomenal. When we first [...]

Could this be for me?

What was not to like about the Alpha Girl’s school? ABSOLUTELY nothing at all. It was by far the best part of the trip. The girls were just simply amazing in every single fashion. They were funny, bright, intelligent, and most of all determined in what they needed to do. Education is very different to [...]

“Mom look! White People!”

The roads here are more chaotic than the streets of downtown Chicago. Today we departed from Jewel Runaway Bay on our way for the Great Huts of Port Antonio. Twisting and turning through the mountainside, cars rushed past us and served around corners as we did the same. Had I have had my PT Cruiser, [...]

Jamaica Smile

Day two in paradise. We ventured to the Green Grotto Caves today. The caves once stored rum, provided solitude for runaway slaves, was once a night club, and is now a popular tourist attraction. The most interesting part of this tourism was the effort our tour guide put into accommodating to our culture. Pointing out [...]