February Empress Email

Waagwan Empresses, Happy February! Whether you have a partner near or far to share the day with, tek taim for self love and self care. Treat yourself to something special this month, whether it’s as small as a bar of chocolate or as big as a trip out of site for the weekend (or longer). …

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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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