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  • The Pandemonium Jade’s Educational Experiences Abroad 2004-2005
  • Where Did I Go?
    • Aruba
    • Panama Canal
    • Costa Rica (x3)
    • Mexico
    • Alaska
    • Puerto Rico
    • St Thomas
    • St. Maarten
    • Funchal, Maderia
    • Lisbon, Portugal
    • Le Harve, France
    • Dover, England
    • Stockholm, Sweden
    • West Coast, USA
    • St. Petersbourg, Russia
    • Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Helsinki, Finland
    • Gydansk, Poland
    • Riga, Latvia
    • Kalpieda, Lithuania
    • Germany
    • Ireland
    • Northern Ireland
    • Norwegian Fijords
    • Scotland
    • St. George, Barbados
    A lot of places : How did I do it…
  • Work, school, and always a bit of play.
    • The 2 Cruise ships I worked on side-by-side in St. Thomas, Summit and Constellation, Celebrity Cruises
    Class work in Costa Rica Play?? Chilling with 4/5 housemates in Cost Rica >>
  • Costa Rica “Living la Pura Vida”
    • Sept. Dec 2004
    • Classes at University of Costa Rica, in San Jose, CR
    • All classes in English, plus Spanish Language classes.
    • Homestay
    World Class Adventures in Education: Tropical Ecology Field School
  • The Program Experiences
    • Negatives:
    • Not very strict with course work
    • Sometimes unorganized
    • San Jose
    • Spanish Language Learning
    • Cost
    • Homestay
    • Positives:
    • Lots of FIELD TRIPS!!
    • Integration with Tico Students (small program)
    • Exposure to Masters’ students projects
      • generates ideas, and field experience
    • Visit many places unable to visit on your own as a tourist
    • Profs. Experts in field (with privileges :)
    • Homestay
  • Cultural & Personal Experience
    • Tico Time …
    • Eye contact
    • Rice +++
    • Rainy Season
    • Pollution, Basura
    • Security
    • Music, dancing, and Futbol!
    • Aid
      • Taiwan Bridge
      • Rice and tied aid
  • Just Cruising’…
    • Celebrity Cruises, of Royal Caribbean
    • Ships: GTS Summit (2004), GTS Constellation (2005)
    • 91,000 tons, 964.6 feet long, 105.6 feet wide
    • 11 decks (there are more…)
    • Made in France (2003)
    • Guest Capacity -2000
    • Crew population - 1000
      • very international
    • Officers: Greek!
    • Total of 9 months onboard
  • Ecologically?
    • Completely Unsustainable!
    • Entire attraction to industry is based on large consumption habits
    • But, making improvements: public pressure and economic reasons, “Above and Beyond”
    • Cash incentives for more environmentally, cost-saving and safety practices for the company
    • Lots of recycling (self-contained system)
    • No dumping (Save our Seas)
    • But… do feed the fishes, and grey water (although treated), different for Caribbean & Alaska
    • Surprisingly Cruise ships actually have higher environmental standards than of similar caliber hotels on land
    • Consumptive Habits of Cruises:
    • 24, 236 pounds of beef
    • 2,100 pounds of lobster
    • 600 gallons of ice cream
    • 20,003 pounds of fruit
    • 13, 156 pounds of fish
    • 3, 800 pounds of rice
    • 5,750 pounds of sugar
    • 3,400 bottle of assorted wines
    • 290 bottle of vodka
    • 10,100 bottle/cans of beer
    • Based on a 7-day cruise
    Food very important, unfortunately most from USA, although while in Europe 40% (produce) came from Europe, and there are some organic options available for guests .
  • Socially & Economically
    • Culture Shock!
    • Small, close-knitted community
    • Isolated world- but very International
      • People from Nepal -Israel, Bali - Botswana
      • Over 50 nations on board!
    • Hierarchical, based on position
    • Recognizes diversity
      • Get to celebrate every national holiday!
    • In My Restaurant:
    • 1 Poland
    • 1 Lithuanian
    • 4 Bulgarians
    • 3 Romanians
    • 1 Germans
    • 2 Portuguese
    • 1 South African
    • 1 Honduran
    • 1 Peruvian
    • 3 Turks
    • 1 Pilipino
    • 1 Indonesian
    • 1 Indian
    • 1 Brazilian
    • 1 Canadian
  • Continued… Why do people work on Cruise Ships?
    • Money (usually to support family)
    • Work Experience - for better opportunities when they return home
    • Escape from Home (family, politics, corruption, etc.)*
    • To dodge Army drafts (i.e.. Turkey)
    • Improve English skills
    • To get into USA, immigration (marriage, bribery and legal methods…)
    • To escape the Mafia!
    • Other Benefits & Spinoffs:
    • allows for travel opportunity (i.e.. Poles, South Africans, Columbians - is normally very hard for other nations)
    • Increase global and cultural understanding
    • Build international trust and relationships
    • Health care, ethical treatment and more… (although hard work - so much better than at home)*
    • Benefits the Ports economies
    • Assists during disasters - donates to local causes, such as Hurricanes, etc.
    • They enjoy it!
  • General Advantages/Disadvantages of Ship Life!
    • Advantages
    • TRAVEL (so many different areas of the world, - Caribbean, North America, Nordic Countries, Previous USSR, etc.)!
    • Musical Performance
    • Salary
    • Corporate/Professional Experience
      • Networking opportunities
    • People Skills
      • Communication
      • Multicultural setting
      • confidence
    • My Restaurant
    • Good wines, good food :)
    • Lifestyle
    • Parties!!
    • Relationships
    • Guests
    • Disadvantages
    • Only a taste/sampling of places
    • Travel on ships schedule
    • Sometimes clique
    • Can become jaded with places
    • A lot of places are tourist traps
    • No privacy, space
    • Away form “real”/land life
      • Difficult to maintain regular contact with home.
    • No concept of day/time
    • Good wine/food
    • Too much alcohol
    • Relationships
    • Guests
  • The end
    • You are always in charge of your own experience
    • Enjoy every moment (no matter how horrible at the time)… its all a learning experience
    • Pursue your interests while aboard
    • Perspective
    • Seize opportunities