Jamaica

Stories from Jamaica

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Jamaica.

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Volunteer Ampofo Mensah pictured in his host country Jamacia

I was fortunate to grow up with Ghanaian immigrant parents who are now citizens of the United States. As a child, they taught me the strict values of what it takes to be a good man. 

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Landscape of Buff Bay Valley

Ask any Peace Corps volunteer, and they will tell you that the process of getting ready to leave the U.S. and live abroad for 27 months in a developing country is a stressful time. 

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Camp Respect 2017

The male youth population in Jamaica gets a lot of negative attention.

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Headly with kale

Born in the Portland Parish to a large family of 24 brothers and sisters, Headley was given away at the age of four. 

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Cambodia water project

Around the globe, Peace Corps Volunteers work with local counterparts to design and implement safe, affordable and sustainable water and sanitation projects.

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The Eastern View, Blue Mountains

Around dusk at my new home, I climb pon di oustop* to see Kingston turn on her lights as the dimming sun shoots pink, purple and peach across the sky. 

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Tubig, nsuo, wata, water

It goes by different names: tubignsuowata. In my childhood home, the H2O flowing through our pipes was known best as “water.”

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Practicing sight words with one of my students

"Yow brownin! Yuh lookin nice and sweet today honey!" Okay, thanks.

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Let Girls Learn Jamaica

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates

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