Beaches Ocho Rios Jamaica is a resort that offered The FIU family a beautiful and eventful experience. What truly set this experience is the warm welcome that we received, which is a testament of becoming one big Jamaican family.
As soon as we arrived at Beaches Ocho Rios Jamaica, we felt a sense of ease and relaxation. The staff members gave us a big friendly welcome, greeting us with warm smiles and making us feel right at home. This warm welcome extended throughout the entire stay, as everyone went out of their way to ensure we had the best study abroad experience. Our first night we had an incredible welcome dinner where we had our first taste of real Jamaican cuisine, which was the best way to start our journey. We met the Beaches Ocho Rios team and got familiar with some welcome speeches and introductions.
What stood out to me was the supportive environment by the staff members giving us empowerment to make decisions and take ownership during our workcation. Staff members held our hands throughout the journey but also encouraged us to take a lead into giving feedback and open communication.
The union of management at Beaches Ocho Rios Jamaica was something special and it’s clear that they new what hospitality truly meant. This study abroad was a great way to learn how Jamaica ran their resort and a great stepping stone for how other study abroad should lead.