Survival!

Survival!

The AFM has a swimming pool on its top deck which the whole crew enjoys. However, one day it was put to an extraordinary use. Our Safety Officer took the upper grades (6-12) to the pool to learn about survival at sea. First, they had to don the heavy at-sea survival...
Benin: Learning History and Getting Refreshed

Benin: Learning History and Getting Refreshed

Many of the countries we work in have unique historical and cultural stories to tell. Benin was a port for the brutal slave trade, run largely by the Portuguese. On one field trip, we took the upper grades (6-12) to the Musee D’Histoire de Ouidah at the Forte de S....
Global Mercy Academy – A Teacher’s First Impression

Global Mercy Academy – A Teacher’s First Impression

In early December I said goodbye to the Africa Mercy Academy, my home of over 2 years to embark on a new journey to the Global Mercy Academy. I had seen many images of the new academy, the classrooms, and workspaces but I was extremely excited to see it in person! It...
Christmas in Fourth & Fifth Grades

Christmas in Fourth & Fifth Grades

One year we had a new teacher in the fourth and fifth grade classroom. She didn’t bring any Christmas decorations with her when she came to the ship. (Not a big surprise, eh?) However, that didn’t stop her, even in a country with no shops for teacher arts. She found...
Mike Kirchner – Africa Mercy Social Studies Teacher

Mike Kirchner – Africa Mercy Social Studies Teacher

This is my first year working as a social studies teacher on the Africa Mercy.  One of the things that I love about teaching onboard a hospital ship is the amazing field trips that my students can take.  When my 6th grade class was learning about geography and I...
Gran Canaria Football

Gran Canaria Football

Sometimes when we come into Gran Canaria for the ship’s refit, the Academy is still in session. Gran Canaria. This is a volcanic island, part of the Grand Canary Islands. It is about 100 km west of Morocco, though it belongs to Spain. The Spanish came in the late...