Follow Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets as they travel the globe on Experiential Learning Programs!  The adventures begin On January 12th when a small group of cadets majoring in Emergency Management depart for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Arizona.  Two large groups of cadets majoring in Emergency Management will work with Habitat For Humanity in Eustis, Florida, January 19th - February 14th.  Energy Systems Engineering majors will be travel throughout Costa Rica, January 26th - February 19th.  Bermuda will be explored on both land and sea from January 30th - February 9th by cadets majoring in Marine Safety, Science & Environmental Protection.  Cadets majoring in International Maritime Business will wrap up the learning adventures when they visit Thailand from February 9th – 22nd. 

This morning I woke up very tired from the long day I had before. Our schedule for the day was to go to the National Museum Of Bermuda and then to the beach. After visiting the museum I was able to go shopping and got some cool new shirts. But I have to say that the beach was the best part. The views from the tops of the rocks were amazing. The water was so blue and clear. I have never seen much like it ever before.     
  My name is Katie Gillis, and I'm a 4/C cadet from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Today was by far my favorite day, although it just keeps getting better and better! After breakfast, we made our way over to the National Museum Of Bermuda (on the opposite end of the island), and even though it took a good hour, looking out the window made our time so fast since almost everything here is different than my hometown, and probably some of yours. The houses are colorful, with pinks, blues, and greens. When I was little, I always wanted to paint my house like a picture, never understanding why we had such boring colored houses. You can imagine how excited I get when I see a hot pink or…
  My name is Grace Calvert.  I am a 4th Class Cadet from Windsor Massachusetts. We started our day off with a bus ride to the Bermuda Museum. Here we participated in an exciting scavenger hunt that led us all around an abandoned war prison. After this we had some leisure time to explore the local area. Sadly most of the shops were closed due to it being the off season here on the island. After our little escapade, we took the bus to Jobson’s Cove where we learned all about what makes the sand pink and what goes into making a sand dune. After our lecture on the beach we were allowed some time to go off and explore the area. Most of us chose to go swimming in the beautiful aqua…
Hola!  We had our last meal at EARTH today!! It was amazing.  We followed it up with a lovely jungle hike with Al. No pictures from the hike because, sadly, my camera died. We then had a three hour bus ride to Rancho Margot. At Rancho Margot we had a sustainability tour. We saw the farm where they grow 60% of their food. The animals were adorable. We had a quick meeting and free time to explore the gorgeous grounds! Pura Vida from Costa Rica!      
My name is 4/C Henry Mattson from Rockport, Massachusetts. Today was our first day to go diving. I made my way down to the dock where the research vessel was tied up. Once at the dock, we all slipped into our wet suits and headed off to a small island called Nonsuch Island.  The boat ride over was gorgeous. We were able to see the landscape of the St. Georges Parish of Bermuda. Every single house is painted a different pastel color and the water is light blue and crystal clear. We passed tall cliffs of crumbling limestone and sunken boats which fell victim to the last major hurricane.  We arrived at a small, protected inlet to Nonsuch Isalnd which accompanied a shipwreck, brought over…
Today we started the day by waking up at 0730 and getting breakfast. My roommates, 4/C Tuttle and 4/C Vaughan went to change into our SCUBA gear and joined the rest of our group on the boat for our trip to Nonsuch island. The views were so crazy - all the different colored houses and very interesting.  All of the roofs on the house were white and the water was the color of blue Gatorade.  Literally stunning and unrealistic. We arrived at Nonsuch Island and jumped into the water near a shipwreck.  We saw many fish such as the blue parrotfish and a lion fish. It was crazy.  Then explored the island and saw many different bird species and lizards, such as the skink. We got back on the…
Today I woke up early to pack my bag for a hike. A hike that took me through limestone caves and past cactus topped with fruit. This hike was just a warmup for my favorite activity of the day…. snorkeling. We started just swimming to the dock of the Nonsuch Island (used for reservation of the species originally found in Bermuda.) This island contained three habitats; a naturally formed beach, a lowland Bermudian jungle, and a brackish water pond. What was crazy about this island is that it looked much different than the mainland because it contained all indigenous (naturally found in Bermuda while, not being brought to Bermuda by humans or birds) species to Bermuda. After the island we…
  ¡Hola!  Today we had an earlier breakfast than usual. The reason being? Today we went to Reventazon Hydroelectric Plant! Only one turbine was running today, because power demand was low in Costa Rica. We went up to the dam and saw the pensocket, a closed pipe that directs the water down to the turbines. Our guide Byron gave us insight into the benefits of hydropower. On our way back to EARTH we went to a rest stop where we had empanadas. Our own Sean McCord began teaching the local kids about some renewable energy sources. After a quick bite to eat we headed on back to EARTH.    Back at EARTH University, we tested our ability to handle cognitive dissonance. This is when a…
Today is my second to last day working in San Antonio, also being nearly the end of my trip in Antigua. This trip flew by unfortunately; I wish I was here a little longer because this place was life changing for me. In the future, I do plan to come back to Guatemala because it had an amazing effect on me and I would like to explore more of this country. This morning, I woke up, got ready for the day, and headed over to Violetta’s for breakfast. For breakfast, she prepared us a delicious bowl of cocoa rice cereal with apples, along with sugar bread and coffee on the side. It is a necessity to dip the sugar bread in the coffee, the two complement each other perfectly. After breakfast, my…
  Hello everyone! I hope all of our followers are doing well.  I am glad to have the honor of writing one of our last blogs for the trip. Today started off more relaxed than most other days so far with all of us waking up around 0610-0615. We all got showered and dressed and headed down to Violleta’s for breakfast. Today’s breakfast was delicious and consisted of French toast, bananas and strawberries. After breakfast we all said our goodbyes and hopped on our buses with our mentors. My group and our mentor, Edguardo headed towards Santa Maria to the Jardin de Amor school to finish up the work we started there. Today we were solely focused on completing the staircase area with an…