Earth Day Community Clean Up

On April 21st, 2018 our rural community in Jamaica had an Earth Day Community Clean Up Day supported by the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Project. I partnered with the president of the local CDC to organize the event and with the support of community based organizations in the area, forty people came out to clean …

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March Empress Resources

Happy March! Have you noticed the days getting longer as we move into springtime? Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun on these long days! What an exciting and busy month full of new beginnings! Congrats to Group 87 on their COS conference! Meanwhile, Group 88 is celebrating one year …

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12 Things That Make Life During Peace Corps Service in Jamaica 12x Better

March is soon approaching and with it, the newest group of Peace Corps volunteer trainees to serve in Jamaica! Some incoming volunteers have had packing questions, which got me thinking and reflecting on what things have been most useful and nice (in my opinion) for everyday life during service on the island. So I've compiled …

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Empress Winter Retreat 2017

Last weekend we had our annual winter Empress Retreat up in the beautiful, cool Blue Mountains of St. Andrew Parish. At the retreat we had insightful sessions led by Peace Corps volunteers, Peace Corps staff, and Jamaican women. It was a wonderful, cathartic weekend full of delicious food, late night talks, a movie night, s'mores, …

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January Empress Email

Empress is a women's peer support group for female Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in Jamaica. This group offers a judgement free, open forum space to commune with fellow Peace Corps Volunteers to discuss and manage women's challenges during service. Some issues include managing gender roles, expectations and perceptions, unwanted attention and catcalling, and maintaining …

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