September 18, 2010: Negril, Jamaica Field Trip


Our day began with a departure from Mandeville at 10:00 am.  We loaded into the bus with our sunscreen, snorkel gear, cash, iPods, water shoes, and swim suits.  We had coolers packed with ice and drinks to keep us well hydrated for our long journey. Our first stop was in Goshen, Jamaica.  Yes, you read … Keep reading »

September 13-17, 2010: Jamaica Classes


This week proved to be an exciting week of education coupled with a fun learning environment.  The students learned about Jamaican Health and Nutrition, Jamaican History, Jamaican Culture, Reggae Music and had time for quizzes over books and lectures as well.  Our guest educators were a delight to have.  They brought a wealth of knowledge. … Keep reading »

September 12, 2010, Jamaica: Day 11


We were thrilled to have our first day at the Jamaican Deaf Village Deaf church today. We all met in downtown Mandeville in order to take a bus to the church. At our meeting location, we were able to have conversations with some of the Deaf church members while we waited for our ride. We … Keep reading »

September 9, 2010, Jamaica: Day 8


Today began with a day of classes. After class, some of the students headed to the “Goshen House” (The apartment of the Program Director) in order to have some down time before Deaf Bible Study. Rachel made dinner for the students, and her marshmallows, atop the sweet potato casserole , swelled up and almost consumed … Keep reading »

September 8, 2010, Jamaica: Day 7


Today we met in the morning to head to an award-winning garden in Mandeville. The students were able to see approximately 100+ different flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables. The students ate fresh starfruit and tangerines.

September 6, 2010, Jamaica: Day 5


Today the students had their first day of classes. Felicia Campbell, our local Jamaican ASL/JSL teacher, started the day out for the students. After morning classes, the students, accompanied by Josh and Felicia, walked to the best little jerk chicken place in Mandeville; it was highly recommended by the locals.

September 5, 2010, Jamaica: Day 4


Our orientation came to a conclusion today.  Prior to departure, we walked across the street from our villa to the Rio Nuevo Battle Site and Museum. We had a Jamaican tour guide lead us through the museum.  Laura did some interpreting practice during the tour. 

September 4, 2010, Jamaica: Day 3


We began our day with breakfast today, and then we jumped right into orientation.  The students took a ton of notes. We took a breather for lunch.  Rachel and JP went to town and got the group Patties, a popular local food.  It can basically be summed up as a pastry-like shell with beef, cheese and beef, … Keep reading »

September 3, 2010, Jamaica: Day 2


Rise and shine!  Day two began with a walk down to the beach to see the amazing ocean. From there, we hopped in the bus and went to Dunn’s River Falls. We then headed out for our first day of ocean snorkeling!  Josh went out with the students to make sure they were doing well, and … Keep reading »

September 2, 2010, Jamaica: Student Day 1


Today was the day!  Josh, Program Director, and Milo, our local driver, met the group at the Montego Bay airport.  Josh donned his camera and a large, orange banner welcoming the students.  Rachel and JP were busy at the villa making sure everything was ready for the students. The students had their first adventure today even … Keep reading »