with all that's new at My-Island-Jamaica, Click Here to subscribe
for my updates and don't miss a thing!
From Jamaican Peace Corp Volunteer to Carpenter on Schooner Topaz
by James Simister
I first came to Jamaica with Peace Corp as woodworking instructor for handicapped boys in the School of Hope in Papine. That was by the University of West Indies in 1981.
That was a learning, eye opening, experience for me. I was moved and changed from a wasteful life in USA to a simpler but real way of existence.
After six weeks in Sligoville, my host family was in James Mountain at the bottom of the hill at a rum bar/market owned by a most loving family.
Before starting my job I hiked up Blue Mountain and back down.
After Peace Corp, I met up with the crew and Captain of a 114' Schooner Topaz that was in dry dock for two years with serious structural renovation.
I met them when Topaz was in the water for two weeks in Kingston. I had to return to the States to change government passport to citizen passport.
I returned to Topaz between Christmas and New Years. And when we were all sea worthy,we sailed around Jamaica from MoBay, Ochos Rios, Discovery Bay, and finally to Port Antonio.
The last port was the best for me as Port Antonio was not as touristy as it is today.
Besides the beautiful scenes and oodles of fresh fruits and vegetables; it was the kindness and warm smiles of the beautiful people of this island.
Thank you all in Jamaica for awesome experiences!
James Thomas Simister
Visited Jamaica too? Click Here and tell us about it. The more, the nicer :-)
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your_Jamaican_Story.
Sharing IS Caring... Its now YOUR turn to...
If you found this page useful, please consider subscribing to my weekly newsletter, My Island Jamaica Digest here.
Back To The Top Of This Page
It tells you each week about the new information that I have added, including new developments and great stories from lovers of Jamaica!
New! Talk To Me
Was the information helpful? Something needs changing? I welcome your feedback here.
Recommended For You ...
Other Great Articles You Might Have Missed
Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)
Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?
Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!
Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.
Back To The Top Of This Page
About The Author
A patriotic Jamaican who adore its culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
efforts have earned this site featured positions in local publications,
including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers,
as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies
and universities. Read more about him here.
He invites you to subscribe to this site to stay updated on all the latest and check out his unique Jamaican products on his Etsy store.
If you are on social media, here are the links to follow his latest posts
You are also invited to join his exclusive JAMHearts community where like-minded Jamaican enthusiasts discuss all things Jamaican.