Nipissing University's iLEAD program is proud to have the opportunity to send a team of 11 advanced business students and faculty members for the 5th consecutive year on a special international project to Jamaica. The The trip departs on Sunday, February 14 and returns on Sunday, February 21, 2016. This year, they will be offering consulting work to an Eco-tourism resort called Fern Forest Eco-Village. For more information on iLEAD program, please visit our website.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Breadnut Primary School

Today we had the opportunity to visit Breadnut Primary School located in the Saint Ann Parish. Each student in the Jamaica Expedition had brought items to donate to the primary school prior to leaving Canada. When we arrived we could see that all of the students were very exited to have us. Our focus for our donations were on the 2nd grade as the manager of the Fern Forest Eco-Village told us that it's the grade that receives the least amount of attention, therefore we donated all of our items to the entire grade. Afterwards, we were able to take them outside and play interactive games together such as red rover, duck duck goose and many more! Each Nipissing student soon found themselves attached to the primary students who wouldn't let go of their hands.

After playing with the second grade students we decided that it wouldn't be fair to leave the school without introducing ourselves to each grade. In the other grades, we decided to give a brief presentation on Canada including our favourite foods, sports, geographical facts and much more. I was surprised to learn that many students did not know what a poutine was! They were also surprised by the fact that the lake freezes and  individuals can drive their vehicles on it. After our tour at the primary school, we were driven to the Ocho Rios craft Market by our driver Mr. Denis. I was able to bargain a hand painted painting worth $120.00 for $45.00 We then finalized our day at the hotel enjoying the +30 degree Celsius weather that will soon disappear upon our return to Canada.

Chantal Ouellette

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