Have you ever planned a luxurious vacation at a five star resort that happens to be on a poor island or in a developing country and then struggled to really enjoy yourself because you feel guilty when you are surrounded by such poverty?
Many travelers have shared with us that they prefer to not book vacations in poor countries because it can be so uncomfortable to enjoy the amenities when a child down the road is going hungry. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that many resorts support the local community. Recently, Travel Connections was staying in Jamaica and while reviewing the property we were asked if we would like to visit the local school on Jamaica’s South Coast supported by the resort.
They have a great relationship and any guest is welcome to visit the schools and donate much needed items. It’s also very safe, a driver from the resort escorts you and the poverty is not so extreme as to really upset a child. I’ve been with high school kids on mission trips who have been completely overcome by the desperation that surrounds them.
The next time you travel ask the resort if they support a nearby school, hospital or orphanage. We will be traveling down to Jamaica in a few weeks and would like to make a donation to a local school on Jamaica’s South Coast. We are accepting donations for school supplies for these wonderful and deserving children…pens, pencils, crayons, color pencils, stickers, coloring books, rulers, flashcards, used books, used book bags…we would truly appreciate anything you would be willing to donate for them!