Travelling by Heart

my journey to Jamaica as a CUSO volunteer

Happy New Year!

I’m back! After several weeks of visits and holidays, I am back in Kingston and kicking it into high gear in preparation for my return to Canada. There is so much to do and so little time – AHHH! Cuso has sent a checklist of things to take care of before I go. It includes everything from ‘pay your bills’, and ‘close your bank account’ to ‘complete your final report’ and ‘make sure your partner organization knows your final day’. I have a lot to take care of over the next few weeks, and so many thoughts and emotions to process at the same time… I’ll do my best to capture the last bits of Jamaican glory for you, but in the meantime, feel free to check out some photos from my trip to Panama with David.


Merry Christmas! 

Thinking of everyone from home today… I’m in Panama City for the Christmas break with David (less expensive than a Jamaican Christmas) and we are going to celebrate with a fancy brunch and a trip to the 4D theatre to see Rogue One. Hope your day is merry and bright! 

Michael Manley

With Fidel Castro’s recent death, attention has returned to the legacy of former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley. His close diplomatic ties with Cuba and his desire to battle imperialism through social means captured the hearts and minds of many Jamaicans but dismayed the United States, which responded by attempting to destabilize the country through increased drug and gun activity.

Continue reading “Michael Manley”

2 months left

Less than 60 days remain of my time in Jamaica! Continue reading “2 months left”

Family Time

My mom, dad and aunt flew home today after a three-week visit. It has been SO nice to have them here; I loved showing them my life here, and felt honoured to show them the many wonderful things Jamaica has to offer. Continue reading “Family Time”

Giving Tuesday

After the mad consumption of Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, the pre-Christmas spending push has finally turned to charity. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on holiday and end-of-year giving.  Continue reading “Giving Tuesday”

Coffee Time

The other day, I joined my parents and my aunt on a day trip into the Blue Mountains to visit Craighton Estate, a 200 year old great house and coffee plantation.  Continue reading “Coffee Time”

JAM Jams: Tessanne Chin

Tessanne Chin is a Jamaican recording artist and the first (and only, so far) foreigner to win the NBC reality series ‘The Voice’. Continue reading “JAM Jams: Tessanne Chin”

Jamaica’s Journey

My friend and Cuso colleague Darine BenAmara is working as a Gender Advisor for the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce. She recently wrote an article in the Jamaica Observer about gender equity in Jamaica: Continue reading “Jamaica’s Journey”

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