Accommodation

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa

The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, supports education for those in need through its Adopted Schools Program across the Caribbean. From providing teaching training, supplies, and needed equipment to assisting with basic maintenance and building upgrades, The Sandals Foundation seeks to bring these schools to better standards so young minds can flourish.

Guests may also get involved and give back while on vacation with the Reading Road Trip through Island Routes. Through this voluntourism initiative, visitors can volunteer (for a nominal fee which includes the cost of round trip transportation) 2 hours of their time at one of The Sandals Foundation's adopted schools and interact with children and help them with their literacy skills.

We ask that guests give their donated items to our front desks. We do this to ensure that the items are distributed to many schools in the respective regions and not just the schools that have the Reading Road Trip.

Project #1

Whitehouse Early Childhood Pre School serves 120 children from ages 3 through 6 years old.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet and Math

Wall Charts:
(English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books

Computer Hardware/Software:
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

Clothing:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Project #2

Culloden Infant and Primary School, founded in 1974 and located on the southern coast of Jamaica, serves 170 students from ages 3 through 11 years old. Donations also support a Reading Road Trip programme in which guests are encouraged to read and interact with the students and do exciting activities that match with the school’s curriculum, that includes music, language, and computer lessons.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Pens

Flash Cards:
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books

Art Supplies:
Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Watercolor Paints and Brushes

Computer Hardware/Software:
Printers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

Educational Games/Toys:
Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

Music Instruments:
Recorders, Tambourines, and Triangles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Knits for Soccer, and Tennis Balls

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of September 28, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.