Archives for September, 2010

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. Our weekdays consist of morning classes from 9:30-12:00.  We have students learning American Sign Language (ASL), Jamaican Sign Language (JSL), and Interpreting.  We break for lunch from 12:00-1:30 daily.  The students walk to town for lunch on their own.  On days when it is raining, we have a few students go get lunch for everyone in a taxi.  Afternoon classes resume at 1:30, and the classes end around 3:30 or 4:00.  The afternoon sessions feature local guest educators on a variety of topics.  Each Wednesday we have "Goshen House," which is a day spent at the apartment with the Program Director and his family, or a field trip day.

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 all jumped in the bus "Jamaican style," and made a 20 minute trip to the Jamaican Deaf Village (JDV). Upon arrival, the students were greeted with acres and acres of beautiful green rolling hills.