On The Road: Jamaica, Land We Love

On The Road: Jamaica, Land We Love

 Jamaica - Beaches, resorts, jerk chicken...ahhh. That’s what most people think when someone says they’ve been or are going to Jamaica, but there is so much more to the island and it’s people.  I got the chance to visit in 2010 and do some volunteer work Kings Cross. We spent time working with students at a local school and helping to repaint their church. Come to find out that in Jamaica, applying a fresh paint job to your home, business or church is part of how you bring in the new year. A way of starting the new year fresh and clean. We also got a chance to volunteer and visit with some of the outcast elderly. Given the state of the country’s economy, many times families abandon the elderly because they are barely surviving as is. The care and needs of the elderly tend to cause a burden. A lot of the homeless population ends up being the elderly. Luckily there are many...
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On The Road: Wichita Falls, Texas

On The Road: Wichita Falls, Texas

One of the perks of my ‘day job’ is getting to travel each year on various trips. Misericordia University’s Campus Ministry program does a Habitat for Humanity (among other types of trips) each spring break. I’ve been lucky enough to tag along six of the past seven years. While my main focus is being a chaperone and helping to do much-needed work, each year I bring my camera(s) along and serve as the group photographer/videographer/documentarian. It get’s a little exhausting juggling it all. Keeping track of student needs, the physical exertion of building a house, doing interviews and grabbing photos when I can. But it is totally worth it. I think anyone, budding or advanced, should take the chance to travel with a group and document the experience. As a photographer and videographer, it’s a really great opportunity to sharpen your chops. You’re traveling…so you can’t take all of your equipment. You have to really plan and think “What’s the minimum I need...
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