The deaf have to engage differently - they can’t be distracted by other things when they communicate. This form of communication, to me, seemed so genuine and intentional. It was a wonder to sit in silence and yet see so much communication and connection happening all around me. It felt worshipful.
Being able to be a part of the Dispatch Project allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and experience both the Jamaican culture as well as Deaf culture. I was in an unfamiliar place, with unfamiliar people, visiting places out of my comfort zone and working on projects out of my “normal” routine. However, the experience was rewarding, but in different ways at different times. When I say rewarding, I don’t mean it in a way that refers to compensation, incentives, or a way to better myself. I mean it as more of an eye opening experience and an opportunity for me to understand another culture and way of life other than my own.