The Real Jamaica: Photo Gallery and Video - Intentional Travelers

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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Our “class” of Peace Corps Volunteers arriving in 2012

 

raising pigs

raising pigs

colorful road-side shops

colorful road-side shops

a mother on her doorstep

a mother on her doorstep

traditional outdoor cooking

traditional outdoor cooking

goats are everywhere

goats are everywhere

Rainbow on fishermen's beach

Rainbow on fishermen’s beach

fishermen's dock

fishermen’s dock

Downtown Kingston

Downtown Kingston

Teaching life skills

Teaching life skills

Sport Day 3-legged race

Sports Day 3-legged race

Sports Day competition

Sports Day sprinter

Local farmer's market

Local farmer’s market

A typical schoolroom divided by chalkboards

A typical schoolroom divided by chalkboards

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