Jamaica, My Home Away From Home!
On my first trip to Jamaica, I stayed inside the resort, enjoying the food and the beautiful beach.
My 2nd trip I ventured off the resort, but just across the street to the little market- more out of curiosity.
My 3rd trip to Jamaica was for my Father's wedding. Jamaica has always been his favorite Caribbean destination, and he encouraged me to see the sights, so off we went to fit in as much sight seeing as we could in the few days we were there.
And this is where my love story begins!
I met a few people who shared their stories of their lives in Jamaica. They were some of the most honest, generous and colorful people I have ever met and I couldn't wait to go back just so I could see more and meet more people.
The following year, I returned twice to the island with a girlfriend who also travels quite frequently.
She has made some great friends on her visits, and after a quick introduction, we spent 4 of our 7 days traveling around the island, seeing sights most tourists don't get to see!
We spent time in a Rasta compound, saw some incredible pools of water and waterfalls, and even visited a school where we handed out some school supplies and treats to the children.
We ate food that you don't get to eat on the resort, and we even managed to watch the final soccer game between St. Ann and Kingston.
It was so exciting to be in the midst of that game. It truly because about the people for me.
Everyone I met seemed genuinely interested in ensuring I was having the best possible time in Jamaica.
I had invites to come back with my family, and remained in contact with a few people via email and text messages.
I work in healthcare and wanted to somehow find a way to give back so I found an organization that helps Jamaicans in many different facets, being eye care, dental, and in schools, and quickly enrolled as a volunteer!
Since then, I have returned to the island 2 more times, and I am returning for my 3rd year in October as a volunteer helping with eye examinations in different parts of the country.
What better way to get to experience the Jamaican culture, than to spend 8 hours a day helping the people?