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    Rasta Without Borders / Rasta Sans Frontières / Rasta Ohne Grenzen / 没有边界的 Rasta

    Rastafari to the World!
     
    Rastafari to the World!

    WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE A FRIEND TO HELP YUH’ GET THE MOST OF YUH’ STAY IN JAMAICA?

    Many 1st time & even Repeat visitors to Jamaica are intimidated by our direct, “In-Yuh’-Face” culture so Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassadors are here to show Visitors that Authentic Jamaica Culture can Really be Found & Safely Experienced!

    Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassadors are volunteers that Welcome Visitors to Major Destinations in every parish like Kingston, Treasure Beach, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Negril, the Blue Mountains and Montego Bay.

    The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador program is designed to connect Local Jamaicans who enjoy Sharing their Business & Personal Interests with Tourists & Visitors that want to Safely Experience Authentic Jamaica as it Exists – Outside the Walls of shiny, new, (Corporate-Owned) Resorts…

    By Nature, Cultural Ambassadors are Friendly, Enthusiastic & Knowledgeable about Jamaica & Jamaican Culture. Our dedicated Volunteer Chaperones make Each and Every Trip Special to our travelers!

    Contact Us at least 10 Business Days in advance of Yuh’ Arrival & Let a Friendly, Knowledgeable Local give Yuh’ an Insider’s Orientation to their area of Jamaica. Cultural Ambassador visits are Customized – as much as possible – based on yuh’ Choice of Neighborhoods, Language and Interests!

    Rastafari to the World!
     
    Rastafari to the World!

    MEET & GET TO KNOW FRIENDLY LOCALS – BEFORE YUH’ ARRIVE IN JAMAICA!

    Here Yuh’ can Browse Community Tourism Listings, Find like-minded Travel Companions to Share Expenses – or even Pre-arrange Customized Day-Trips & Tours with independent Cultural Topic Experts (that Yuh’ have already Gotten to Know here online) – before Yuh’ Reach’!

    Rasta Routes focuses on showcasing Jamaican Community Tourism & Authentic Cultural Immersion Experiences as they are Lived Every Day, along with Promoting Affordable Ways for Visitors to get Real 1st-Hand Insight into Local Traditions, Heritage and Lifestyles.

    This includes Promoting non-traditional tourism areas where Jamaicans are willing to receive Guests and Show them their Region with Pride – & Where Local inhabitants can be Observed involved in Daily Life, Work & Cultural Activities.

    Our Standing Orders are to encourage Holiday Makers – like Yuh’ – to Buy “Made In Jamaica” Products & Stay in Accomodations “Owned By Jamacans“, as they are Cheap and Yuh’ are supporting the local Rasta Economy, & to Showcase Authentic Jamaican Cultural Immersion Experiences where Guests are able to “Learn Something New” & See Jamaica through the Eyes of Locals.

    With So Many Opportunities to Participate & Get a Fuller Jamaican Experience, Rasta Routes Makes it Easy for Yuh’ to Find Yuh’self In Jamaica! Especially in Off-the-Beaten Path Destinations that reflect the true Authentic Essence of Jamaica & our Warm & Friendly People!

    Rasta Without Borders / Rasta Sin Fronteras / Раста без границ / بدون هیچ محدودیتی

    RASTA TRAVEL TIP: DO NOT WIRE MONEY TO ANYONE IN JAMAICA THAT YOU HAVE NOT PERSONALLY EATEN BREAKFAST WITH…

    OUR RASTA ROUTES MISSION: Everything Yuh’ Have Ever Wanted to Know About Jamaica’s Culture & How to Easily Plan a Safe & Affordable Vacation Experience that Includes 1st Hand Interaction with Jamaican Rastas & Everyday Locals in Typical, Unrehearsed Situations. PRAM! PRAM!!

    Kingston City Bus Tours - Ride the "Spirit of Reggae"

    MEET THE JAMAICANS!!!

    FORWARDING’
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    Community Corner

    BUDDY UP WITH OTHER TOURISTS
    Share Fun Times & Split Costs on Yuh’ Jamaican Adventure

    Meet Like-Minded Backpackers Near Yuh’ Home or Departure Country to Join & Split Costs on a Combined Jamaican Cultural Immersion Trip!

    Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassadors are Volunteers that Welcome Visitors to Major Destinations in every Parish like Kingston, Treasure Beach, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Negril, the Blue Mountains and Montego Bay.

    MEET THE JAMAICANS
    What Do Yuh’ Want to Know About Jamaica’s North-West?

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    Questions About:

    Montego Bay, also known as “MoBay”, is considered the Tourist Capital of Jamaica and is one of the most famous Vacation Getaways in the world.

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    East of Montego Bay is Falmouth, one of the best preserved Historical Towns in the Caribbean and capital of the parish of Trelawny, famous for Rum, Sugarcane and being birthplace of sprinter Usain Bolt.

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    Lucea is capital of the small but Scenic parish of Hanover, located in the North-West corner of the island, with much of the land Rural and Agricultural.

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    Learn Everything Yuh' Want to Know About Jamaica's Culture + Easily Plan a Safe & Affordable Vacation that Includes 1st Hand Interaction with Jamaican Rastas & Everyday Locals in Typical, Unrehearsed Situations!

    SO HERE YUH’ ARE LOOKING FOR A
    MORE FRIENDLY & PERSONALIZED
    VACATION EXPERIENCE

    Escape the Ordinary on a Backpacking Adventure to Jamaica!

    WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE A FRIEND TO HELP YUH’
    GET THE MOST OF YUH’ STAY IN JAMAICA?

    MEET THE JAMAICANS
    What Do Yuh’ Want to Know About Jamaica’s North-East?

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    Questions About:

    In the center of Jamaica’s north coast lies Ocho Rios, or “Ochie”, once a busy fishing village but now a Major Tourist Destination equal distance from Kingston and Montego Bay, so it is easy to get here from the airports too.

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    With little commercial tourism and chain resorts, budget friendly Port Antonio is both Backpacker and Eco-Friendly with empty beaches and a more Low-Key feel with something to offer every type of traveler.

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    Port Maria is capital of St. Mary parish which features several Great Houses, Historic Buildings and Ruins, & produces a large variety of agricultural produce such as Bananas, Coconuts, Citrus, Cocoa, Coffee & Breadfruit.

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    Many 1st Time & even Repeat visitors to Jamaica are intimidated by our Direct, “In-Yuh’-Face” culture so Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassadors are here to show Visitors that Authentic Jamaican Culture can Really be Found & Safely Full-joyed (Enjoyed…)!

    RASTA TRAVEL TIP: CULTURAL AMBASSADOR VISITS ARE CUSTOMIZED – AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE – BASED ON YUH’ CHOICE OF NEIGHBORHOODS, LANGUAGES & INTERESTS!

    Our Jamaican Community Tourism Listings, Online Interaction & Honest Advice from local Jamaican Topic Enthusiasts – all combine to Guide Yuh’ in Planning Yuh’ own Affordable Vacation Getaway to the Best Cultural Immersion Experiences!

    MEET THE JAMAICANS
    What Do Yuh’ Want to Know About Jamaica’s South-West?

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    Negril is one of Jamaica’s most appealing tourist destinations west of Montego Bay, with it’s Seven Mile Beach stretch of pure white sand and crystal blue water, featuring some of the most picturesque sunsets on the planet!

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    Treasure Beach is a community based tourism destination on the South Coast, like no other place in Jamaica, having a six-mile stretch of black and coral-colored beaches called Frenchman’s Bay that is the heart of the area.

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    Mandeville is the capital of Manchester parish, a mountainous area with a cooler climate than other parts of Jamaica and panoramic views of the surrounding region due to elevation about 2,000 feet above sea level.

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    May Pen is the capital of the mainly flat parish of Clarendon, where crops like Sugar Cane, Tobacco and Cotton – and also the location of the famous Milk River Bath and some fascinating cave systems, in particular the Jackson’s Bay Caves.

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    WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE A FRIEND TO HELP YUH’
    GET THE MOST OF YUH’ STAY IN JAMAICA?

    Escape the Ordinary on a Backpacking Adventure to Jamaica!

    THIS IS THE WHAT, WHERE, WHY & WHEN
    OF HOW JOINING RASTA ROUTES
    CAN HELP YUH’

    Many Cultural Tourists & Independent Travelers consider Kingston, the Blue Mountains, Treasure Beach, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay as must-see Backpacker Destinations in Jamaica!

    MEET THE JAMAICANS
    What Do Yuh’ Want to Know About Jamaica’s South-East?

    Ask the Cultural Topic Expert

    Meet Our Cultural Ambassadors

    Introduce Yuh’self

    Ask I&I (us/we) Yuh’
    Questions About:

    The capital city of Kingston is the Business, Cultural & Industrial hub of the nation – both a City & Parish, with a busy commercial seaport reflecting its status as the World’s 7th Largest Natural Harbor – a vital center for Jamaican Sports & Entertainment.

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    The Blue Mountains National Park is 300 square miles (780 km²) that houses and protects 1,000’s of tree and fern species and rare animals – & a UNESCO World Heritage Site, up one of the steepest general gradients in the world to the highest peak at 2256 m (7402 ft), where from on a clear morning you can see all the way to Cuba!

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    Morant Bay is capital of St. Thomas, Jamaica’s most eastern parish, located at the far end of the south coast, mostly rural with many factories and the main industry is Agriculture, including Bananas, Coconuts, Sugar Cane & Dairy.

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    The city called Spanish Town, named “St. Jago del la Vago” by the Spanish, was the original capital for Jamaica, until 1872 when the capital was changed to Kingston. Spanish Town is an important industrial center, 2nd only to Kingston.

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    Rasta Without Borders / Rasta Utan Gränser / Hoʻopukaʻoleʻia nā Konoʻole / 国境なしのラスタ

    Rastafari to the World!
     
    Rastafari to the World!

    YES, WE ARE VERY SUBTLY ENCOURAGING YUH’ TO VACATION BEYOND THE ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT…

    For Generations of Jamaicans, Tourists have been “the UNTOUCHABLES”

    Even during Jamaica’s darkest days in the late 70’s, Visitors & Holiday Makers were Warmly Welcomed and Showered with Genuine Island Hospitality – while Ghettos & Shanty Towns were Curfewed & Showered with Bullets.

    As most Backpackers already know, Skin Tone & Heritage don’t Matter much when Yuh’ visit popular Tourist Destinations – as the Only Color locals see is “Green” ( Hey, we’re jus’ Trying to Keep dis’ T’ing Real… ) !

    This can be a Good Thing & in Jamaica as it Helps Keep Yuh’ Even Safer from the “Natural” crime rate – mostly connected to International Hard Drug Traffic and International Money Wire Transfer / Fake Sweepstakes Schemes.

    Rastafari to the World!
     
    Rastafari to the World!

    As Backpackers Ourselves – 12 Countries & still counting – One of the 1st Questions People Around the World ask is – “What is Jamaica like?”

    That was Always followed by “I would Like to Go to Jamaica One Day – is it Safe for ME to Visit as a Tourist?

    Or the Other Classic – “I Hear there is a Lot of Crime – People would See Me and Rob Me right away in Broad Daylight.”

    My Standard Answer would / will Always be – “Yuh’ are actually Safer than Me in Jamaica, especially because Yuh’ look like a Tourist…”

    As Sobering as that Statement may be, Most Jamaican crime is Self-Inflicted on Locals by Locals, with the Occasional Tourist (who was probably not acting too smart), getting Robbed or a Bruised from being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time.

    Contact Us at least 10 Business Days in advance of Yuh’ Arrival & Let a Friendly, Knowledgeable Local give Yuh’ an Insider’s Orientation to their area of Jamaica. Cultural Ambassador visits are Customized – as much as possible – based on yuh’ Choice of Neighborhoods, Language and Interests!

    This is the What, Where, When & Why of How Rasta Routes can Help (Yuh’)!

    Our Jamaica Backpacking & Cultural Articles, Videos & Guides – plus Community Tourism Hotel/Hostel & Attraction Listings, Online Travel Community Interaction, and Honest Advice from local Jamaican Cultural Topic Enthusiasts – all combine to Help Guide Yuh’ in Planning Yuh’ own Affordable Vacation Getaway to the Best Cultural Immersion Experiences in All Areas of the Island!

    Additionally, Rasta Routes aims to Teach, Spread and Help People Overstand (understand) more of Jamaican & Rastafarian Culture – Likkle’ by Likkle’as we go along!

    Rasta Without Borders / Rasta Senza Frontiere / Sınır Tanımayan Rasta / सीमाओं के बिना रास्ता

    What a' Gw'aan Boss-Person?
    DO YUH' NEED A QUICK SUMMARY OF OUR CULTURAL IMMERSION PROJECTS, PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES?

    Meet Irie Mom << The World's Coolest Travel Support Network


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    During a General or Specific Crisis Alert Situation like a Hurricane, Irie Mom's Travel Support Network provides Travelers, Topic Experts - and Rescue Authorities - when required - with a Real-Time Map of the Alerter and Each Others’ Locations.

    Irie Mom additionally provides Online Chat Rooms for Coordinating a Response, and Audio/Video sharing capabilities!

    Irie Mom's Walk Good Tourist Support Network is a resource for Visitors to Jamaica to use to encourage Safe Travel and for the Provision of Efficient Assistance, in case of Travel Emergencies.

    For example, if there were an Unforeseen Event – the ability to Quickly Confirm the Exact Locations and Dates of Travel for Community Tourism Guests in the affected areas of Jamaica would be Invaluable.


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    Mission, Vision & Goals

    JAMAICA BACKPACKERS OVERALL MISSION

    The overall, high-level Jamaica Backpackers Mission is to increase Jamaican Community Tourism both Quantitatively & Qualitatively by inspiring the Small Tourism Industry, Business Owners, Employees & Volunteers to turn Every Visitor Encounter into a Positive Experience.

    We want Visitors to feel that we Jamaicans are Happy to See them here so when they go Home they Tell their Friends that People in Jamaica were Helpful, Informative & Fun to Visit!

    Standards & Core Values

    Factors Influencing Ambassador Selection for Meet-Ups & Trips

    The Number of Travelers registered for a particular trip or Meet-Up regulates the number of Cultural Ambassador Chaperones that are required.

    Traveler demographics are very important - an Ambassador Trip with a high number of Male Travelers will require more Male Ambassadors.

    When Tourists Request & Schedule Overnight Ambassador Trips directly with our Office, Male Ambassadors are booked to room with Male travelers while Female Ambassador chaperones room with Female travelers.

    Enviro-Social Responsibilities

    The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program supports Sustainable Tourism and respects Natural and Man-made Environments, bringing both Cultural & Economical Enrichment to Local Jamaican communities, with the Primary Goal of leaving a lasting Positive Image of Jamaican with Each & Every Visitor!

    Additionally, Jamaica Backpackers, Cultural Ambassadors & the entire RastaRoutes.com Project seeks to increase Jamaica's competitiveness in attracting & hosting Value-Conscious Backpacker Travelers in Environmentally, Socially & Culturally Sustainable Ways that Positively Impact our Country's international image & Economic bottom line.

    Government & Focus Groups

    How can Others Support the Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Initiative?

    We welcome Support from Chambers of Commerce & Local Governments, Community Organizations & Volunteers!

    Support will Help to offset the Administrative costs of Establishing & Maintaining this Valuable Community Tourism Resource.

    In many cases, Community & National Citizen Networks - rather than the official Police, can be a More Effective Response to Street and Tourist Crime. Many people affected by Street Crime never report what has happened to them - precisely because working with the Police can be a bureaucratic nightmare.

    Ideally, What is Needed is a National Tourist Support Network where Travelers can receive Good Samaritan Help, Directions & Assistance in Multiple Languages.

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    MISSION & VISION

    The Overall, High-Level Jamaica Backpackers Mission is to Increase Jamaican Community Tourism both Quantitatively & Qualitatively by Inspiring the Small Tourism Industry, Business Owners, Employees & Volunteers to turn Every Visitor Encounter into a Positive Experience!


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    The Goals of Jamaica Backpacker's Rasta Routes Initiative are to enhance Visitor Experiences at Local Attractions, Arts & Cultural Activities, & Special Events here in Jamaica.

    Additionally we seek to build Community Pride through the Encouragement of Visitor Volunteerism & the Involvement of Overseas Volunteers within Local Jamaican Community Development Organizations - be they Public, Private, Faith-Based or Secular.

    Many of these Travelers are Students and/or Work Normal Everyday Jobs as Bartenders, Hairdressers, Taxi Drivers & Teachers back in their own countries & often have Sacrificed Much to Finally be on Holiday in Jamaica.


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    At Jamaica Backpackers, our role firstly is to provide a Responsive & Supportive online environment that helps Budget Travelers & Cultural Immersion Tourists Plan & Make Sound Decisions regarding Travel to Jamaica - then delivering Positive, Supportive Interactions, Experiences & Advice as an Organization once Visitors arrive!

    Welcome to the Business Home of Jamaican Community Tourism

    Tourist Rest, Assistance & Convenience Centers

    Each Walk Good T.R.A.C. Center is uniquely hosted and operated by the Well-Established, Respected Businesses and Community Leaders in the Rasta Routes Walk Good Tourist Support Network (TSN) - located in several Jamaican Cities, Towns and Districts.


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    In addition, it can only help Yuh' have a more perfectly enjoyable experience here in Jamaica if you talk with and listen to travel advice from well-meaning locals who know what they are talking about. Irie Mom Walk Good T.R.A.C. Centers are an important part of the Rasta Routes Tourist Support Network of well-meaning locals!

    Yuh' can find Rasta Routes Walk Good T.R.A.C. Centers hosted in any clean & available space in a variety of Jamaican establishments.

    Hostels, Restaurants, Bars, Churches, Community Centers, Neighborhood Watch Offices and even in a few Private Homes of Business Leaders and Community Stakeholders that want to promote the Travel Safety and Tourism Support available at their local destination!

    Many, if not most Irie Mom T.R.A.C. Centers are open to help Tourists with Valid Passports on an As-Needed basis. This means that if Yuh' need Help or Haven and they're available, then they're Open. If not, then Yuh' just have to Try another T.R.A.C. Center!


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    Each T.R.A.C. Center has it's own available Resources and Limitations, however ALL operate with the Primary Goal of Helping Stranded Tourists Safely along their way AND leaving Visitors with a lasting Positive Memory of Jamaica & our Hospitality!

    Good Samaritan Up Yuh'self -- Help Keep Them On T.R.A.C.!

    Most Everyday Jamaicans that Yuh' meet on the Street are willing to Help Yuh' anyway! Walk Good T.R.A.C. Centers just make things a bit more Organized & Efficient for our Guests.

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    Volunteer Yuh' Church Hall or Business Lounge Room

    The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador’s Mission is to Develop & Enhance the Worldwide Image of Jamaica as a Cultural Immersion & Backpacker Tourism Destination by connecting Visitors with Knowledgeable and Enthusiastic Volunteers that Enjoy Sharing their Passion for Jamaica & Our Multiple Plethoras of Enviro-Socio-Cultural Heritages, Legacies & Traditions!

    This Mission can only be accomplished with Passionate, Friendly, Courteous, Helpful, Reliable - and yes - Punctual Volunteers that Love what they Do...

    Each Cultural Ambassador Must agree to abide by the Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program Policy and sign at the end of this or a similar document.

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    I agree to uphold Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Values and Mission. I have Read and Understood the Policies of the Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program, and by continuing on to the Application Submission form, I am agreeing without reservation to abide by the Spirit and Letter of this Policy.

    Volunteer Yuh'self -- Represent Jam'Down!

    Knowledge of any Foreign Language or American Sign Language is Helpful but not Required. Preference will be given to Inquiries & Submissions by Degreed &/or Professional Persons.

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    Walk Good Program Policies -- Transparently Open!

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    The Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador\’s Mission is to Develop & Enhance the Worldwide Image of Jamaica as a Cultural Immersion & Backpacker Tourism Destination by connecting Visitors with Knowledgeable and Enthusiastic Volunteers that Enjoy Sharing their Passion for Jamaica & Our Multiple Plethoras of Enviro-Socio-Cultural Heritages, Legacies & Traditions!

    This Mission can only be accomplished with Passionate, Friendly, Courteous, Helpful, Reliable - and yes - Punctual Volunteers that Love what they Do...

    Each Cultural Ambassador Must agree to abide by the Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program Policy and sign at the end of this or a similar document.

    I agree to uphold Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Values and Mission. I have Read and Understood the Policies of the Rasta Routes Cultural Ambassador Program, and by continuing on to the Application Submission form, I am agreeing without reservation to abide by the Spirit and Letter of this Policy.

    Volunteer Yuh'self -- Represent Jam'Down!

    Knowledge of any Foreign Language or American Sign Language is Helpful but not Required. Preference will be given to Inquiries & Submissions by Degreed &/or Professional Persons.

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