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Jamaica: The First Stop

For this trip, our group started out by staying in the all-inclusive Jewel Runaway Bay. Free drinks and food for as much as we could handle proved to be fun for a couple days. The beach was clear, the sand felt great underneath my feet, and there were hot tubs and pools for leisure at […]

Jewel Resort Runaway Bay

We truly were living the life of luxury in the resort. All you can eat and drink was awesome. It was very interesting to see the way the island is in the resort and outside the resort grounds. I really liked that the first night we just got to hangout with the group and were […]

Jamaica Journal 1: The Height of Luxury

Upon arriving at the Jewel of Runaway Bay resort, our luggage was quickly taken from our hands and replaced with a blue drink. The workers refused to let us find our rooms on our own and guided us directly to the front doors of our rooms. Anne, Alex (my roomies for the trip) and I […]

Runaway Bay Jewel Resort

Alexandra Madison February 22, 2017 Jamaica Blog Post Jewel Resort — Runaway Bay We are nearing the end of our stay at Jewel Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. This is my very first experience at a resort and I would have to say it fits all of my previously conceived ideas of a resort. I […]

Jewel Runaway Bay Resort: Journal 1

Jewel Resort Coming to the Jewel Resort has been a very bittersweet experience for me. Before taking our Jamaica class, I would not have thought twice about vacationing in one of these resorts. The rooms and campus are beautiful, the staff is friendly and welcoming, and everything is all-inclusive. Although it is only my second […]

Jamaica Journal #1: Runaway Bay

The flight to Jamaica from Moline was shorter than I imagined. Stepping off the plane, I knew that this was going to be a big culture change. Just in the Montego Bay airport, they was a lot of empty space and no shops or restaurants in sight. This was a shock to me because even […]

Jamaica: Jewel Resort at Runaway Bay

We’ve only been in Jamaica for about a day and a half and it already feels like so much has happened! As soon as we stepped foot into the resort we were handed drinks and our luggage was taken for us to our rooms. All food and drinks here are free and the workers run […]

Kingston, Jamaica The Alpha Boys’ School

My first impressions of Kingston were similar to the impression I get from any large city. Just like Chicago, New York or San Francisco, there was a lot of traffic and a lot of cars and people biking on the side of the roads. Although this was all the same, it seemed that the drivers […]

Redemption Song

Journal #3: Alpha Boys School The last week of our trip, we had the wonderful experience of working with the Alpha schools teachers and students. Thinking back on the entire trip, I have uncovered so many of my own assumptions and have definitely changed my ideas on what it means to teach and why I […]

One Love

Journal #2: the Great Huts As soon as we began our journey to the Great Huts, I was taken aback by the beauty of Jamaica. We drove through the mountains and the trees, ocean, rocks, etc. were incredible. At the Great Huts, we really got to embrace the beauty of the nature, the ocean, sunrises, […]