One of the Peace Corps’ requirements for volunteers is, within the first three months of arriving at your site, you are required to complete a Community and Sector Inventory, or CASI. This is a comprehensive analysis of your community – community which is defined by you, the volunteer. The purpose of the CASI is for the volunteer to familiarize oneself with the community. There are a number of tools the volunteer can use to gather data and compile an analysis of the community. One of these tools is a Community Map.
A Community Map is created by walking around the community and mapping out items of interest and importance. It was useful in that it really helped to familiarize me with Port Antonio.
I chose to define my community as the Port Antonio Development Area. This is a large area consisting of 7 smaller Development Areas, one of which is Boundbrook, the community in which I live.
I spent several days (a few hours at a time because it was too hot to be out walking for any length of time!) walking around Port Antonio. The pictures below are pictures I took when I walked up the hill behind my house as well as pictures of Monkey Island. The views, as you will see, are spectacular. I hope you enjoy them!