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  • 1. The Pandemonium Jades Educational Experiences Abroad 2004-2005

2. 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 3. 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 >> 4. 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 5. 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

6. Cultural & Personal Experience

  • Tico Time
  • Eye contact
  • Rice +++
  • Rainy Season
  • Pollution, Basura
  • Security
  • Music, dancing, and Futbol!
  • Aid
    • Taiwan Bridge
    • Rice and tied aid

7. 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 monthsonboard

8. 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 . 9. 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

10. 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 andlegal 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 andmore (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!

11. General Advantages/Disadvantages of Ship Life!

  • Advantages
  • TRAVEL (so many different areasof 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

12. 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 interestswhile aboard
  • Perspective
  • Seize opportunities