Reading Road Trip in Turks and Caicos

Last November when my husband and I went to Sandals Negril, the one Island Routes trip we desperately wanted to take, was the Reading Road Trip by the Sandals Foundation. Unfortunately, we just missed the bus {literally}, and we wouldn’t be there for the next one.

Fast forward a month when my daughter and I stayed at Beaches Negril, we had the opportunity to attend a Christmas Party with the Sandals Foundation, where we gave back to the kids of Jamaica – in a big way. It was a moment in time that I’ll never forget – one which touched my heart and soul so deeply.

When our family headed to Beaches Turks and Caicos this Spring, we took the Reading Road Trip to a local school. Launched in 2011, this voluntourism initiative is aimed at improving literacy, comprehension and vocabulary among students.

Not only is the Reading Road Trip a great chance to leave the resort and spend time with the people of the country, but is also a chance to make a difference and give back to Caribbean communities.

The $20 cost per person to go on the Reading Road Trip is a complete donation to the Sandals Foundation and includes the transportation to and from the school, from the resort. Children up to age 12 can go at no charge yet must be accompanied by an adult.

The local school that we went to in Providenciales is an elementary school. My kids really noticed the difference between this school and theirs here, especially that it was open-air and not one huge enclosed building.

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We first went into their library and chose a bunch of books to read that day. Instead of bring books with us to Turks and Caicos, we chose to bring bags of school supplies and craft items for the kids and teachers.

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Myself, my husband and my oldest took turns reading to 2 classes, first a Kindergarten class and then a Grade 1 class.

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At one point I even had a lengthy discussion with the teachers, they told me all about the educational system in Turks and Caicos as well as the curriculum. In the Kindergarten room, I spotted many of the same worksheets that my twins were currently working on here in Canada. 

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Once we were done reading and visiting in the classrooms, we joined the kids outside for lunch recess. My kids loved playing at their park, laughing and running with the kids. Instant friends.

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Going on the Reading Road Trip made me smile from ear to ear, such a great experience. I’m so happy that my kids came with, they learned a lot on this day.

They were very quiet on the ride home, just looking out the window. After thinking for a while they started talking with each other about how great the trip was and how much they want to do it again someday. We’d all love to – it’s a great experience and all for a great cause.  

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The Reading Road Trip takes place every Thursday, is available through Island Routes Adventure Tours at the Grand Pineapple, Sandals, and Beaches Resorts – in Jamaica, Antigua, the Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Lucia and Exuma in the Bahamas.

You can even donate to the Sandals Foundation online

 

 

Comments

  1. Teresa Claire says:

    Such a wonderful ‘feel good’ post. It is experiences like these that enrich children’s lives. Thank you for the donation link…it looks like a very worth while cause!

  2. Amber says:

    What an amazing adventure! Not only is it educational; but I bet the kids loved having you visit and read to them too!

  3. That is lovely! If I ever make it down there, I am definitely signing up to participate in this. Amazing.

  4. amazing experience – and very cool that they don’t charge for kids to experience it!

    • You know, that surprised me. What’s $10 when it goes to such a good cause?! Truthfully though, I donated more to the foundation when I got home{3rd time doing so}, I love what they do!

  5. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Aww, I love their reading area and classroom. The teacher in me smiles!

  6. myrah says:

    What a great experience!!

  7. Meagan says:

    What an unforgettable experience. My husband lived in Jamaica for 2 years and continues to tell me stories about the culture!

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