Accommodation

    Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort

    A small space in your luggage goes a far way when you @packforapurpose.

    Help @sandalsfdn give the gift of reading by bringing along 5 pounds of story and activity books on your upcoming Sandals or Beaches Resort vacation.

    #OurSoryForYou #literacy #sdg4

    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

    The Balata Primary School is a small community educational institution, located in the inner heart of Balata, Castries. Our school is home to 151 students, comprised of 80 boys and 71 girls from various backgrounds and personalities.

    In house, we have two kindergarten classes and one of each grade 1 through 6, in which we teach the academic personalities of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, music, and physical education. We also provide students with a variety of extra-curricular activities, which includes swimming, arts and craft, drama and dance, junior achievers and chess.

    Throughout the school year, students are also exposed to various other activities and competitions which encompass reading, science, mathematics, spelling & language, track & field, football, cricket and others.

    Project #2

    Gross Islet Press School serves 55 children from ages 2 through 5 years old.

    Project #3

    Micoud Pre School serves 45 children from ages 2 through 5 years old.

    Project #4

    The Gros Islet Infant School is located in St. Lucia and serves a total of 169 children between the ages of 6-8 years of age.

    Guests are welcome to visit one of our schools during this school term on our weekly Reading Road Trip through Island Routes. We ask that guests give their donated items in at 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 Reading road Trip.

    Project #5

    The Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre is located in St. Lucia and serves a total of 87 children between the ages of 4-16 years of age. We serve students with a range of disabilities from hearing impairments, physical, mental and emotionally challenged, autistic and down syndrome, blind and visually impaired and students with learning disabilities. The supplies you bring 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.

    Guests are welcome to visit one of our schools during this school term on our weekly Reading Road Trip through Island Routes. We ask that guests give their donated items in at 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 Reading road Trip.

    Project #6

    The Babboneay Primary and Roseau Combined schools are located in St. Lucia and serves a total of 364 children between the ages of 4-13 years of age. The supplies you bring also support a Reading Road Trip program 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.

    Guests are welcome to visit one of our schools during this school term on our weekly Reading Road Trip through Island Routes. We ask that guests give their donated items in at 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 Reading road Trip.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 16, 2021
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    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. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    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.