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. 

As Group B's experiential learning is beginning to die down, there is an increase in energy at the work sites in an effort to get as much done as possible before departure on Friday. Dr. Valla and 1/C McGrann took eight cadets back to the Habitat for Humanity Restore where they finished their painting project from yesterday. Their work also included chipping and a crash course in ladder safety courtesy of 1/C McGrann. At Site A siding was completed on the exterior walls and gables and painting began. On the interior of the house support beams were placed to ensure maximum structural support. Over at Site B, the cadets were split between the two homes originally worked on yesterday.…
  Group B arrived onsite eager to begin their final week of work. The cadets were sent to three different sites today. The first crew was led by Dr. Valla, they traveled just down the street from the Domestic Global Village to the Habitat Restore. A Restore is a thrift shop that is operated by the Habitat For Humanity. They resell soft goods and home goods to the public at a discounted price. All the profits made in the store are put right back into Habitat projects. At the Eustis Restore, Doc and the cadets preformed general upkeep on the building. Their work consisted mainly of painting. Tomorrow another group of cadets will return to the store to continue the preservation of the…
Today was a great day. It was a beautiful day 85 and sunny. I worked on job site B finishing up the siding with the group I’m working with. Lately we have been getting the hang of the siding job so it has been coming along smoothly. All in all it was a normal work day. Had fun playing around with the lizards at lunch. Also got to play around with the neighbors dog that comes to visit every once in a while. There is about 4 days left and we are excited to see how the houses look in the end.     
Today we had the amazing opportunity to go and help out and Habitat for Humanity's Veterans village, we helped clear brush on the lake side, spread mulch, and took place in a dedication ceremony for some of the homeowners.   Lunch was provided by the Knights of Columbus. After a the day of work we came back to the DGV and blew off some steam with some volleyball, a campfire and play some Xbox with the boys    
  Group B wrapped up the weekend off by traveling to St. Augustine. Upon arrival at “America’s Oldest City,” the cadets toured the Castillo de San Marcos. The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest fort in the United States. It was originally constructed by the Spanish to protect their colony from the indigenous population. The fort has changed hands many times over its years of service, the Spanish, the British, the Confederacy, and finally the United States. Today the National Park Service operates the fort. After walking the walls of the fort, the cadets were fortunate enough to witness the firing of one of the fort’s many cannons. The group was then released for the day to explore…
Today the cadets enjoyed their time in the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. After morning chow and the hour long ride, the cadets were set free to venture the park. The day was filled with rides and amusements, fun and games, on top of the insane prices in the shops. Group B enjoyed their time in Disney. Arriving back at the DGV they were joyous, but tired after the long day. They will need to rest up tonight for another day away from the job sites tomorrow. Tomorrow Group B will journey to St. Augustine to tour the Castillo de San Marcos and enjoy the day on the town.     
Today was an awesome day in St. Augustine! We began the day by watching them blow off the cannon at fort the Castillo de San Marcos. Then we all rented mopeds and drove around and explored the city. We stopped and got pizza for lunch then a whole crew of us went over and explored the lighthouse and different hidden beaches. It was by far the best day of the trip thus far and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next.    
  Hola! It’s Nick again. Today was the long anticipated beach day on Isla Tortuga. We started out the day taking a ferry over to the island at 9am, and got to the island at 11 AM. The water in the surrounding area was absolutely stunning, the bluest and best saltwater I’ve ever seen.   The first activity that we embarked on was snorkeling around the coral reef located a few hundred yards away from the island. The guides chummed the water, and fish of all different species were teeming through the water. While snorkeling, a Manta ray was spotted, octopus, and even a red starfish was found.   The next thing that we did was a banana boat ride, which was spectacular as you could not…
Text below Day 4 in Bermuda and we learned more about the ecosystems here on the island. My group started the day with a trip to the Bermuda Aquarium.  As we arrived there we got a private tour of the behind the scenes view of how they care for and feed the variety of animals they are responsible for. My favorite animal was the fossa, which is the top predator on the island of Madagascar. We got to see how they house all the underwater creatures and the lighting required for the corals they have. They also have massive sea turtles and tiny baby ones they are caring for until they are big and strong enough to return to the wild. After returning to BIOS we got a crash course on…
  Day 4 in Bermuda didn’t quite start out like most of us had wanted it to. Strong winds and torrential downpour woke people up throughout the night and greeted us head on during our walk to breakfast. Thankfully as we learned more about the reef system with our Coral Identification Lab this morning, the sky cleared and made way for a nice afternoon at BAMZ (Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo). We took a behind the scenes tour and got to see how the animals get admitted to the facility and put into an exhibit for the public to see, or get rehabilitated and released back into the environment. We were also one of the first to see 5 lemurs that had just arrived at BAMZ and were yet to be…