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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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PCV Mya Lowe in front of two flags
A child inspects crops growing in a field

Rural Agricultural Development Authority's (RADA) Alisha Anderson was an obvious choice for Peace Corps Jamaica when it came to identifying Virtual Service counterparts. Alisha served in various roles during her impressive 22 years at RADA, equipping the agriculturalist with a versatile repertoire that enables her to adapt and overcome challenges with ease.

Three individuals sitting behind a table

In my hour of frustration, the answer to the question, “Why am I here?” became evident.

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Peace Corps service can help you launch your career. Whether you are one month post-service or 10 years, there are many benefits, tools, and resources available to returned Volunteers.

Five women stand together smiling. Two have mud masks on.

In rural Jamaica, one Environment Volunteer shows her young women's group that self-care can build confidence, inner strength, and sisterhood.

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February is nationally recognized as African American History Month.

A basketball team of young Jamaican men and women pose with donate basketballs with volunteer Don Holly.

One year ago, Colin Kaepernick unveiled a campaign alongside Nike commemorating the 30th anniversary of the brand’s iconic slogan. The ad featured a black and white close-up of Kaepernick’s face with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

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Our approach to development centers on people-to-people connection.

A white teacher smiles while she work with two Jamaican primary students

As a Peace Corps Volunteer who uses art to understand the world, I have been drawn to Caribbean art from the beginning.

Read below the tales of two volunteers, Jennifer O. and Loren R., as they work alongside Jamaican women to improve livelihoods and broaden job skills.

Male Trinidadian Teacher with dreads smiling beside Jamaican primary school students

America’s motto “E Pluribus Unum,” translates from Latin as “From Many, One,” and echoes Jamaica’s national motto, “Out of Many, One People”. This is more than mere coincidence, as both nations harbor a rich diversity and multicultural heritage.

Camp Respect Jamaica

Camp Respect was born in 2016 out of a desire to reach young men in Jamaica.

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I love the core message of the Peace Corps, spreading peace and friendship. I am also passionate about working with children and learning about different cultures. 

Belize and Jamaica - Miguelina Cuevas-Post

I first set foot on Jamaican soil on August 1, 1976, living and working in St. Mary until June 1, 1978. I did not return to the island until 38 years later.