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Costa Rica & Cruise Ships

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

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