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Today was finally our first day at the Alpha schools. Even though last night we were all very anxious about our first day at the school but when we arrived first at the girls school, they greeted us with an assembly where they sang (beautifully) and we heard a short, inspiring speech from their principal. [...]

Fricke Jamaica 3

Today was the first day teaching at Alpha and it has been the most rewarding experience of my life. We started the day off by being introduced to all of the girls present by the principal Mr. Singh. The girls then sang to us and it was so beautiful to listen to them. I was [...]

The Market and the Mountains

Our last days in Port Antonio continued to be an adventure. We began our New Years Eve day by heading to the Port Antonio Market where we had more opportunities to interact with the locals and look around. Obviously, a group of 21 Americans stick out like a sore thumb, and a friendly local man [...]

The rest of Great Huts and traveling to Kingston

So we arrived at the Great Huts and it was a bit of a shock to my system. We went from all inclusive resort to a put with one bed and no windows, doors, or privacy for that’s matter.  I will say this, we all have become a closer group after our time and excursions [...]

Overcoming Fears and Adventure Seeking!

Wow, it has been an exhausting 2 days in Jamaica! I don’t even know where to start so I guess I’ll start from where I left off at my last blog which was when we just arrived atThe Great Huts in Port Antonio, our second destination. Well I survived the first night with a lizard [...]

Port Antonio, Jamaica

These past couple days in Port Antonio I have done things that I never thought I would ever be able to do. This includes exploring an underwater cave, jumping off a 40ft waterfall, and swimming across a 250ft deep lagoon filled with fish. There is no possible way that I could have done any of [...]

Jamaica at Last!

  Last December was when I applied to be accepted into the Jamaica program. A year later and I am finally here. It seemed so strange packing shorts and tank tops in the middle of December. The flight was amazing! I have flown once before but this was my first time out of the country. [...]

I Never Wanna Miss a Thing

Wow. What a couple days it has been. Staying at the Great Huts was crazy mon. The Fig Tree House was definitely the place to be; I can’t imagine living there with anyone else besides the Stephanies and Julia. Between the roommate showers we shared, our hut pet Stephanie the moth, and the boys ignoring [...]


It is officially Day 5 of our trip and New Years Eve (although it doesn’t feel like it at all). Something about being on “Island Time” and soaking in the warm weather makes it easy to forget what day it is, let alone December 31st. Overall, the past two days at Great Huts have been [...]

The “Real-er” Jamaica

Jamaica is still amazing. The past two days we have been at the Great Huts in Boston Bay, Portland. I was wrong in my last post, I actually hate the local bars. The reason being I hate losing in dominoes, and the locals have been kicking my ass. Okay, so maybe I do enjoy the [...]