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The Dirty Banana

The Dirty Banana:  The name of the van we will be spending some quality time in throughout the next two weeks & my newly favorite Jamaican drink.  While preparing to leave for paradise, the one phrase every Augie student cried was, “I can’t feel my fingers!” Landing in Montego Bay several hours later, that phrase quickly [...]

This is Why I Came to Jamaica

As I sit here on the plane heading back to the United States, I can’t help but think about how privileged I really am. After spending a week at the Alpha Institute (formerly known as the Alpha Boys School) in Kingston, JA, and after spending 13 days in JA, I can say that I am [...]

The Great Huts

We had to say goodbye to the all-inclusive resort on Wednesday of the first week, and although it was a wonderful 2 days, I was ready to see what else Jamaica had to offer. Our first stop after the resort was to visit the Seville Great House. We went on a tour that taught us [...]

Diamonds In The Rough

Going into our first day of teaching at the Alpha Girls School I was a little bit nervous. I have never actually taught any class. The most that I have done is help out and observe during a clinical. I knew that I was in for much more. At the beginning of the day, before [...]

The Great Huts were that GREAT

Driving to the great huts was an adventure to say the least. The road went from a nicely paved highway to practically a single lane road with as many pot holes as the roads in Rock Island. Yet, Dr. Egan got us to the Great Huts in one piece. My first walk through of my [...]

How can words give Justice to the importance of this experience?

Wow what an amazing school! Alpha is a incredible atmosphere, the girls are so friendly, funny, but most of all they are dedicated!

What you can’t Get at a Resort: The Most Important Things

We have left the resort and are now in the middle of our stay in the great huts. There is a complete transformation in our experiences to go along with it. We made our way driving along the coasts on the narrow roads dodging people and traffic. Now that we are out of the resort [...]

Feeling Jamaica

This last week in Jamaica has got me to feel more and more what Jamaica is about. Through its people, through experiences, but even more importantly, through it education system. While the schools are modeled after the British system of education, it was different because the students had different goals, but they were still learning [...]

Step Three: Gates and Education

The thing that surprised me the most about Kingston was simply how many gates there were everywhere. It seemed every building from the alpha girl school to the hotel to the grocery store everything had a gate. The reason I was shocked was not because the gates were strange to me, but how could a [...]

Kingston: A City Overshadowed

We arrived in Kingston on Sunday night and began the second portion of our trip. From Monday onwards, I have been teaching math to the students at the Alpha Girls’ School, an academy in inner-city Kingston, and, during this time, it has become obvious that Kingston is a city overshadowed, both literally and figuratively.