Our Story Tours – Jamaican Historical Tours for Schools and Tourist Groups

Our Story Tours is a specialized tour company that disseminates highly researched information on its Field Trips. Currently, Our Story Tours is having an October 2017 special on tours of the National Heroes Shrine from October 4thto 27th starting at 8:30am to 3:30pm. Tours are arranged by appointment. See Flyer below.

The cost is JA$130 per student and the Teachers are free. The tour will include stories about Jamaican Heroism including Miss Lou and Mass Ran and His Excellency Sir Howard Cooke and Herb McKinley.

Where their school field trips are concerned, the toursare centered on the school’s curriculum to provide the best focus on the needs of the students and assist the teacher in giving proper impact for the relevant subject areas, through highly knowledgeable tour guides.

Our Story Tours features many pre-packaged tours. A lot of fun awaits your school where you book a grand adventure with Our Story Tours. So what other types of tours does Our Story Tours offer?

Water Resources – A tour of the NWC, Mona Treatment Plant Sewage Plant

The tour will focus on all the different stages of water treatment before and after we use and its recycle into the natural environment. The main places of interest are the NWC and the Mona Treatment Plant Sewage Plant. 

Marine Environment and Built Environment – A Tour of Marine Labs and Natural Harbours

The Tour covers the Port Royal Marine Lab, Discovery Bay Marine Lab, Montego Bay Marine Park, Kingston Harbour and Sandy Gully. This is a tour that looks at the marine environment of Jamaica.

The tour includes a lecture on the work of marine biologists, a walkthrough of the mangroves and an optional snorkeling of the reefs. 

Coastal Features – A Tour of Natural Costal Features in various parishes

Teaching student Geography? There is a tour package for Robins Bay, St. Mary, Pamphret, St. Thomas and Manchioneal, Portland that explores Landforms created by the erosional and depositional action of marine forces on the coastlines of land masses. All of these features can be seen at Robins Bay, St.Mary.

Factories and Farming Tour – A Tour to explore Manufacturing in Jamaica

This tour focuses on visiting or mining and manufacturing plants. On the list are Worthy Park, when Rum is made and the various Bauxite Works from JAMALCO in Clarendon to ALPART in Nain, St. Elizabeth.

There are also tours of Food Processing plants such as Grace Canning, JP Foods,Trade Winds, Pepsi and Maidstone Cheese Factory. Finally there is an aspect to this tour that involves a visit to a preselected set of farms, specifically the Serge Island Estate, Content Farms, Green Castle Estate and Kendall Farm and Bodles.

Tourism, Museums and Arts and Music – The heartbeat of Jamaican culture

Tourism is the number one industry in Jamaica today, the country’s largest earner of foreign exchange and fast becoming the largest employer of the work force. This tour involves Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier, All-inclusive Hotel, Green Grotto Caves, Dunn’s River Falls and Seville Great House.

The Museums aspect of the tour includes the Institute of Jamaica -Ethnographic & Natural History, Peoples Museum of Craft and Technology, Devon House, The National Archives, Stony Gut, National Art Gallery INAFCA Museum at the Mico University, the Seville Great House and the Money Museum.

From the Arts and Music enthusiasts, there is also a specially packaged tour for the Bob Marley Museum, Tuff Gong Studio, Institute of Jamaica -Ethnographic & Natural History.

Our Story Tours – Book a tour for your school or organization

There are so many Our Story Tours covering all aspect of the Jamaica as listed on the images of the informative pamphlet shown above. Feel free to make contact and book your school or organization for a Tour today.

Contact:

Our Story Tours

3 South Avenue,

Swallowfield

Kingston 5, Jamaica

Call or WhatsApp: 1-876-377-5693

Email: ourstorytours@gmail.com

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How Jamaicans can make US$1000 per month as a Freelancer

Freelancers enjoy a more flexible work schedule. It’s the easiest and fastest ways to start working online with minimal start-up cost.

A freelancer or freelance worker is an independent contractor who is self-employed; in essence you choose the clients you wish to work with and the projects on which you work. Freelancing in some of these popular fields:

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Article writing
  • Computer programming
  • Consulting
  • Editing
  • Event planning
  • Filmmaking
  • Graphic design
  • Illustrating
  • Language translating
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Proofreading
  • Publishing
  • Tour guiding
  • Video editing
  • Video production
  • Web design
  • Writing e.g. song writing

With no long term commitments to any specific employer, this might seem a bit scary. But freelancing has its benefits both to the employer paying for your time as well as to you the freelancer.

Benefits to the Employer – The Freelancer’s Reverse Benefit

Many employers welcome using freelancers to get work done. This as freelancers save them money as they forgoe having to make a permanent commitment as they do with regular employees. Freelance work offers tremendous advantages and can represent an attractive alternative to a traditional job.

Still, if you plan to quit your traditional job and start a freelance business, know that there is no turning back. The best time to start a business is while you are still traditionally employed and start off on a part-time basis.

If you are considering a freelance career, you should explore the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Freelancing – Working in your flip-flops has its downside

The advantages of freelancing are as follows:

  • Building self-asset
  • Eliminate commute
  • Flexible hours
  • Freedom and control
  • Global workplace
  • Independence
  • Learn new skills
  • Relaxed dress code
  • Tax benefits
  • Unlimited income potential

However, before you make the plunge, consider the disadvantages of being a freelancer:

  • Absent Benefits
  • Accountability
  • Compromise
  • Start-up Cash Investment
  • Variable Workloads & Income

So how does one become a Freelancer?

How to Become a Freelancer – The Three Step Process to Freedom

The Steps towards becoming a Freelancer are as follows:

  1. Identify Your Skills
  2. Create a Portfolio
  3. Promotion

You’ll find that you have secondary skills that are freelancing opportunities. Identify a market where your expert skills and knowledge can be of value to clients.

Then you need to specialize, which is basically finding your niche. Specialization will make you more attractive to specific groups of clienteles and increase your chance of success. Be good at what you do and love doing what you do; Quality is better than quantity.

Once you’ve done this creating a portfolio of your best work is always a good idea. It is an asset as it demonstrates your skill and proves to clients that you are able to complete projects.

It may be difficult to build a quality portfolio without experience; most artists begin building their portfolios while still in high school and Art College. This gives them a head start over the competition.

So while at college use some of that spare time to start your portfolio. Take pictures of your completed projects, asks your boss for positive feedback to use as testimonials. Doing pro bono (free) work in the beginning to gain necessary experience is good; ensure that you perform your best to receive positive recommendations. Do a lot of volunteer and paid work on the side in exchange for work testimonials from these paying clients.

Produce quality work and you will get quality testimonials and even referrals. Remember, Networking and verbal referrals are the first real advertisements.

Finally you need to do a lot of self-promotion, which can be via Flyers (Deer, 2017, March 26), billboards, Newspaper ads or free ads on websites (Deer, 2017, August 26). Regardless of your expertise, you may have some difficulty in securing jobs. But once you identify what you need to do to attract clients; you will be well on your way.

A few guiding tips in promoting yourself:

  1. Do research continually to see what kind of pricing your competitors are offering
  2. Set up a Social Media Presence or Professional website to market yourself and your business to gain more clients
  3. Constantly contact prospective customers through all the media services at your fingertips
  4. Present the passion you have for your skill

Becoming a Freelancer in Jamaica – Best Freelancing websites

As usual, you have to have the following things in place:

  1. Paypal Account (Deer, 2015, September 9) as your main Payment Gateway
  2. Payoneer Account (Deer, 2015, September 10), an Bank of America Prepaid Debit Card
  3. Scotia VISA Debit (Deer, 2012, February 13) or CIBC First Caribbean VISA Debit Card
  4. Broadband Internet at home from FLOW or Digicel Play (Deer, 2016, June 28)
  5. Notebook or Journal to keep Track of all your Online Accounts and Passwords
  6. Portfolio of Published Written Work on a blog or Website online i.e. Blogs, e-books
  7. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) Connection
  8. A Friend or relative living abroad

You’ll need the Paypal Account (Deer, 2015, September 9) to be able to receive payments from Credit Card purchases (Deer, 2013, September 16) and the Payoneer Account (Deer, 2015, September 10) to be able to spend locally. The Scotia VISA Debit Card (Deer, 2012, February 13) or CIBC First Caribbean VISA Debit Card is just to verify your Paypal Account.

Broadband Internet at home from FLOW or Digicel Play (Deer, 2016, June 28) is a must. A friend or relative abroad with a US address is also great.  But you can easily use your ShipMe (Deer, 2013, September 15) address to sign up for some of these surveys and a free VPN on smartphones and now Desktop computers (Deer, 2016, September 20) thanks to the Opera Browser and Free VPN Platforms (Deer, 2017, June 11) now coming to light.

So now you know how to start, here’s a list of the best Freelancing website that you can sign up to and start earning:

If you are a blogger, you’ll love these sites:

Some of these websites offer employment and as such are really part-time employment; basically an employed freelancer:

Last Words- Fiverr is a good place to start Freelancing

Most of them pay via Paypal (Deer, 2017, April 14) which allows you to request a check but some of them do direct wire transfers or Moneygram payments.

I’m currently on Fiverr as the Jamaican Rabbit where I make about US$100 on average per month doing Press Releases for this very same blog. As with any online job, you have to promote your weblink for your online profile to get work; having a website as a portfolio of works helps immensely.

Sharing is caring so share this with as many of your friend who plan to switch to becoming Freelancers!!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2012, February 13). How to use Scotia VISA Debit Card Online. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-use-scotia-visa-debit-card-online/
  2. Deer, L. (2013, September 15). How to ship things to Jamaica after you’re purchase them online. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/shop-online-ship-to-jamaica/
  3. Deer, L. (2013, September 16). How Jamaicans can set up a Payment Gateway in order to process Credit Card purchases – E-Commerce the main Catalyst for Increasing Jamaica’s Internet Penetration. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/09/how-jamaicans-can-set-up-payment.html
  4. Deer, L. (2015, June 8). How Jamaicans can make Money from Referral Websites. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/jamaicans-money-referral-websites-2/
  5. Deer, L. (2015, September 9). How Jamaicans can make money online – Setting up a Paypal Account. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/how-jamaicans-can-make-money-online-setting-up-a-paypal-account/
  6. Deer, L. (2015, September 10). How Jamaicans can make money online – Setting up a Payoneer Prepaid Mastercard. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/setting-up-payoneer-prepaid-mastercard/
  7. Deer, L. (2016, June 28). Digicel Play has 35,000 customers as FLOW Jamaica Horizon fails to impress. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/digicel-play-35000-customers/
  8. Deer, L. (2016, September 20). How to get a Free VPN using an Opera Browser. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/09/Free-VPN-Opera-Browser.html
  9. Deer, L. (2017, March 26). How Jamaican can make money online – Flyer Distribution of Shortened URL Links in USA and other Countries. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/flyer-distribution-shortened-url-links/
  10. Deer, L. (2017, April 14). How Jamaicans can set up a Paypal account to make money online. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2017/04/setting-up-paypal-account-jamaica.html
  11. Deer, L. (2017, June 11). How Jamaicans can find reliable free VPN to work anonymously online. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/free-vpn-jamaica/
  12. Deer, L. (2017, August 26). How Jamaicans can advertise for free locally and Internationally. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/jamaica-online-classifieds-ads/

 

The Best Premium PDF Editors Free for Jamaicans to download

When it comes to Editing PDF, sometimes you just can’t best the real thing!!

Yes there are free PDF Editing options out there (Deer, 2015, September 20) that do a wonderful job. But while most of them can convert Word to PDF, it’s good to note they cannot merge separate PDF documents very well.

This is a feature only available in the following PDF Editors:

Click on the above to download the PDF Editors. Sharing is caring so share this post with all of your friends!!!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2015, September 20). Why these Freeware PDF Editors can replace Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/why-these-freeware-pdf-editors-can-replace-microsoft-office-and-abobe-acrobat/

How Jamaica National SGJ will use Reggae and Dancehall to teach Mathematics and the Sciences in Jamaica

“This will enhance and complement the National Standards Curriculum. The curriculum focuses on different forms of delivery as you have to find different different students. Debate of negativity or positivity aside, what is important is the undoubted power dancehall has to connect and impact our young people how do we use it for good?”

Minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green on the launch of the JNSGJ (Jamaica National Foundation Science Genius Jamaica)  

Reggae and Dancehall as a strategy to teach Mathematics and the Sciences may be the new paradigm in Jamaica.

If the Ministry of Education has their way, then the JNSGJ (Jamaica National Foundation Science Genius Jamaica) may become the next wave sweeping Jamaican secondary schools (Baines, 2017, February 23) next after the introduction of 17,500 Tablets under the Tablets in School Program (Bryan, 2017, February 14).

Minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, spoke on the JNSGJ (Linton, 2017, February 24) during the launch on Wednesday February 22nd 2017 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew yesterday. In collaboration with Professor at Columbia University, Dr Chris Emdin, the Ministry of Education has pioneered this stratagem to help in the delivery of the more difficult concepts in Mathematics and the Sciences. These science subjects include:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Biology
  4. Geography

The JNSGJ Project, which has the support of Dancehall performers Tifa and Wayne Marshall with mentorship from Bugle and Ding Dong, will be implemented as follows:

  1. Project is titled #DancehallEd.
  2. Grade nine students and teachers from all schools across Jamaica can participate in the project.
  3. Students and teachers are to submit videos creatively conveying aspects of mathematics and science through songs.
  4. They will compete in clashes.
  5. The best 20 will get a spot in the project.
  6. Submissions are to be made by February 28.
  7. Individual and collective school prizes will be awarded, including upgrade of science labs.
  8. Students will receive mentorship from entertainers to reaffirm the notion that they can combine knowledge with contemporary style.

Dr Chris Emdin, had been instrumental in it conception, with the idea that using popular culture would engage students more and thereby increase learning. Grade 9 students will be the focus of JNSGJ, as they begin to choose their CSEC Subject at this grade.

So says Learning, development, and culture officer at JN, Renee Rattray, who represent the JN in the project, quote: “We’ve had difficulty getting students to the level that we want with maths and science over the years, and those subjects are critical components to the JNSGJ technology, so we have to find new ways. We’re happy that JN, as a private partner, has decided to try this new delivery, and the ministry endorses it”.

But why use Reggae and Dancehall and not classical or instrumental music?

Ministry of Education and JNSGJ – Reggae and Dancehall as tools of Engagement

The idea is that Dancehall and Reggae music, which hare already a part for Jamaican popular culture, already has their attention.

Thus, by delivering Mathematics and Science concepts via Dancehall and Reggae music, the student will find it easier to learn and remember these concepts. This is somewhat similar to when I used to use songs to remember Chemistry and Physics concepts when I was a Glenmuir High School student……so I like this idea very much, to be honest.

Best of all, it has the student involved in competing to create songs and videos conveying aspects of mathematics and science. The competition saw schools winning prizes both at the school and individual level, including upgraded science Laboratories.

Science and Mathematics is in everything. But Student are more likely to relate to it if they can hear it in the music from their most popular, revered and respected Dancehall and Reggae artists as pointed out by Renee Rattray, quote: “Almost as soon as you put out a dancehall song and it’s catchy and creative, the young people grasp it. Imagine if they can do that with scientific theory them greatly with retention, which would translate to application. Science is at the base of everything and not enough is being done in that area. Not enough students are choosing science for CSEC. The mentors will be there to inspire and challenge them, to show them that it’s cool to be smart, it’s cool to be a geek”.

So long as the JNSGJ can provide the computers and cameras and other props needed to make the Music videos. Also, they’d have to somehow convince reggae and dancehall artists that it’s cool to make an album of songs based on science, then this might actually work.

But has it already worked elsewhere?

JNSGJ, Dr Chris Emdin and GZA – Rap Battles to teach children Mathematics and Science

The JNSGJ is coming from a good background.

Science Genius began four years ago (Small, 2017, February 21) and is the creation of Dr Chris Emdin, author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and Gary Grice. Dr Chris Emdin is the author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and The Wall Street Journal. He’s been interviewed by Al Jazeera and The Huffington Post and has been featured on major international news networks like CNN, PBS and ABC.

In case you didn’t know, Gary Grice aka GZA, is the founding member of the legendary rap group, WuTang Clan. The two men partnered in 2012, with GZA interested in bringing science into Hip-hop and Emdin bringing hip-hop into the classroom.

The professor and GZA partnership resulted in the rap lyric archive RapGenius.com. The creation of Science Genius BATTLES then followed, which engages the students through the creation of rap lyrics based around science.

In an interview in The New York Times, Professor Emdin was quoted as saying: “A hip-hop cipher is the perfect pedagogical moment, where someone’s at the helm of a conversation and then one person stops and another picks up. There’s equal turns at talking. When somebody has a great line, the whole audience makes a ‘whoo’, which is positive reinforcement. All of those things that are happening in the hip-hop cipher are what should happen in an ideal classroom”.

So will the JNSGJ do for Science in Jamaica what it did for African Americans children facing prejudice and discrimination in the US of A? It’s already got a good start, but as a teacher I’d have to see how this could be integrated into a Lesson plan along with Projectors and smart screens (Deer, 2016, February 3) and have a good selection of songs produced by Students and the more popular entertainers before I, or any school for that matter, start using this in the classroom!!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2016, February 3). How Teachers’ Colleges getting TIS Project Tablets heralds Projectors and Interactive Whiteboards for Engaging Teaching. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/02/Teachers-Colleges–TIS-Project-Tablets.html
  2. Baines, S. (2017, February 23). Dancehall Music To Help Teach Moths And Sciences. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20170223/dancehall-music-help-teach-maths-and-sciences
  3. Bryan, C. (2017, February 14). 17,500 Tablets to be Provided for Schools. Retrieved from http://jis.gov.jm/17500-tablets-provided-schools/
  4. Small, K. (2017, February 21). Science To A Riddim – JN Foundation To Adopt US-Based Rap Project. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20170221/science-riddim-jn-foundation-adopt-us-based-rap-project
  5. Linton, L. (2017, February 24). JN Project to Use Dancehall in Teaching Moths and Science. Retrieved from http://jis.gov.jm/jn-project-use-dancehall-teaching-maths-science/

How Jamaicans can make US$5000 per month from Data Entry Jobs Online

For those of you looking for Data Entry Work online, you’ve come to the right place!!!

There are many websites that offer Jamaicans and other Internationals Data Entry Work, mainly:

  • Ad Poster
  • Catalog Data Entry Operator
  • Content Writer
  • Copy and Paste
  • Email Reading
  • Email Sending
  • Form Filler
  • Form Filling
  • Form Filling
  • Image to Text
  • Medical Transcription
  • Offline Data Entry
  • Online Data Entry
  • Online Survey
  • Payroll Data Entry Operator
  • Survey Forms
  • Text Sending
  • Video and Audio Transcription

There are several websites that offer these services:

Maximum payout for each type of work done is clearly listed on each website. Most of them pay via Paypal (Deer, 2017, April 14) which allows you to request a check but some of them do direct wire transfers or Moneygram payments.

Referrals for Data Entry Websites – Extra cash in your pocket

In the case of Earn Part time jobs, you have to earn US$40 from their referral program first before you can start doing form filling and data entry jobs. You can do this by simply creating a free online ad (Deer, 2017, August 26) or getting the word out via local (Deer, 2017, May 3) and international flyers (Deer, 2017, March 26) and email blasts!

Most of these services have a means by which you can earn via doing referrals, so this is extra cash in your pocket. Plus they are easy and fun jobs to do if you have excellent computer access and a lot of time on your hands, with earnings as high as US$5000 per month!!!

Sharing is caring so share this with your friends!!!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2017, March 26). How Jamaican can make money online – Flyer Distribution of Shortened URL Links in USA and other Countries. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/flyer-distribution-shortened-url-links/
  2. Deer, L. (2017, April 14). How Jamaicans can set up a Paypal account to make money online. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2017/04/setting-up-paypal-account-jamaica.html
  3. Deer, L. (2017, May 3). How to place free International Ads on Proearnja Online Classifieds. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/proearnja-online-classifieds/
  4. Deer, L. (2017, August 26). How Jamaicans can advertise for free locally and Internationally. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/jamaica-online-classifieds-ads/