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.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Day 8

Flying out of beautiful Jamaica was one of the hardest things to do. Of course the day we fly out is the most beautiful of the entire week and made us wonder why we had to go. But, every good thing must come to an end and it sure has been an amazing experience here in Jamaica. We were all packed and ready to go at 9:30 am this morning, having missed time to sun bathe before packing, when island time kicked in. The bus ended up being over an hour late meaning we could have snuck in one last kayak trip or swim in the ocean waves, but there is always our next visit! Once aboard, our 2-hour journey to the airport begun as we soaked up the last of the heat, and sight saw the palm trees. We were able to get our tickets and get through customs quickly leaving more time to shop in the duty free! Many of us stocked up on last minute souvenirs for everyone back home and out way to the food court for a bite to eat before take off. Our plane was able to leave early and we caught the last glimpse of the sparkling ocean from the airplane windows. The airplane take-off was surprisingly easy, and we were treated to watching ‘The Intern’.

We watched a beautiful sunset from above the clouds, and when coming into Toronto, saw the city lit up brightly against the darkness. We past through customs with ease and found our suitcases soon enough. Many of us changed into warmer clothes before facing the dreaded winter we originally escaped. 

Everyone then started their drive home to North Bay where we were greeted by large snow banks and cold weather. One thing I did miss was the smooth, large roads unlike my countryside roller coaster back in Jamaica! I have learned a lot and feel more culturally broadened and feel I will someday return to my island where being late is, ‘ya mon’.

Tealia Carriere

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