31 Mar The Real Jamaica: Photo Gallery and Video
From 2012 to 2014, we lived in Jamaica as Peace Corps Volunteers. If you know anything about Peace Corps, you know that the idea is to promote cross-cultural understanding and that Volunteers live as close as safely possible to the standard of living of their local counterparts. In other words, if you’re picturing us living in a villa on the beach, sipping margaritas, with a convertible in the driveway, then think again. Our daily life consisted of cold showers, public transportation, a very basic living allowance, and five days a week of serving and teaching. Compared to other Peace Corps countries, our standard of living was relatively high- we had electricity (most of the time), indoor plumbing, and occasional internet access. But not all of our neighbors did. The following is a video I put together with the help of some Jamaican friends to help people at home get a feel for the Jamaica we’ve come to know:
This next video is a 3-minute recap video of our two years. It shows everything from our work and our community, to our exploration of the island.
If you’re interested in learning more about Peace Corps, or Jamaica, or our experience as Peace Corps Volunteers in Jamaica, we wrote all about it on our personal blog. Head over there for plenty more photos, fun videos, crazy stories, and insights into Jamaica culture. This gallery features some of our favorite images from our time on the island:
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