I learned so much in Jamaica that I will take with me to my career field. September 17, 2018

By (Columbia College, Missouri) - abroad from 05/05/2018 to 05/12/2018 with

Study Abroad Programs in Jamaica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to work with children of different background The amount of work that teachers put into their classes How important a relationship with your students is It was extremely worthwhile

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Since this trip was tailored towards education majors, it was extremely educational for us to be working in a school everyday. It gave me a lot of insight on the amount of work teachers have to put in during class time and out of class time. It was challenging for us to overcome cultural difference, but ultimately it was a great learning experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Jamaican schools are very disorganized compared to American schools so working in them did seem hectic at times. However, they were very accommodating and happy to have us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We stayed in a Methodist church's dorm right in the middle of Falmouth, Jamaica. We had Jamaican neighbors during our stay and walked everywhere the same way everyone else did. It was really grade to be immersed in their culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

We had guides to walk us to and from school everyday as well as bus drivers that knew Dr. Hamar very well so we always felt very protected. For the most part, the Jamaicans were welcoming to us.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

This program was equal parts charity work, hard work, and fun. I gain useful knowledge/experience for my career field and I made long lasting relationships with some of the locals that I worked with. I truly loved it.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

This trip is actually all inclusive. We had a cook and she made our meals for us everyday so we didn't have to pay for that out of pocket during the trip.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe $100 for touristy stuff or drinks (totally your own preference)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The students I worked with
  • Living in the middle of a local town and not at some resort
  • The relationships I built
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There is no AC in most buildings due to their poor society. Fans only.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

EDUC 377

Course Department: Education
Instructor: Dr. Hamar
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was a hands-on, practical approach and learning the differences between learning styles/methods/technology etc in Jamaica. These lessons definitely apply to American school as well and overall have shaped me into becoming a better future teacher. We worked in a local Jamaican school every day which was challenging in itself. The course instructor has done this course/trip before when she taught at a previous school. She was very well prepared and her knowledge helped the trip go smoothly. I really loved this course.
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