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Tween Volunteer Vacation Experience with the Sandals Foundation

My mom attended the Beaches Social Media on the Sand Conference

Beaches Teens volunteer completion certificates #BeachesMoms

When I was at Beaches Turks and Caicos, I really wanted to volunteer my time with the Sandals Foundation. Along with a group of teens, I went to a local school that the Sandals Foundation sponsored and painted a classroom. It was amazing! I felt so good that we could help kids that are less fortunate than us feel comfortable in their classroom. I was so happy that I was giving back to the community while on my family vacation.

Little girl painting a classroom in the Turks and Caicos Beaches Teens volunteer completion certificates #BeachesMoms

It touched my heart that I was helping local kids that I had seen walking along the side of the road while exploring the island. I love helping people, and this was my ultimate vacation experience. I love thinking about how happy the kids will feel once they realized they have a fresh new classroom.

A group of kids off to spend the day volunteering in the Turks and Caicos Little girl painting a classroom in the Turks and Caicos Beaches Teens volunteer completion certificates #BeachesMoms

We started off the day by boarding a bus and driving to the local school. When we got off, we were greeted by the school principal and other Sandals Foundation volunteers. They walked us through how to do a good painting job and we all got to work painting the walls. The school principal was walking around and looked so happy. The Sandals Foundation volunteers were walking around and helping us paint.

Painting a classroom in the Turks and Caicos #BeachesMoms

Almost done painting a classroom at a school in the Turks and Caicos #beachesmoms

I made life-long memories with the other kids who were volunteering while on their vacation. We all bonded while painting the walls of the classroom. While I was painting with my friends, my brother was having a blast with his friends. He managed to get all of his friends Instagram and emails so they can connect once returning home.

Volunteering at a school in the Turks and Caicos #BeachesMoms

When we were all done, we had some snacks and drinks and boarded the vans to head back to the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort. When we got back, we all saw each other at the water park and played together.

Kids having fun volunteering with the Sandals Foundation #BeachesMoms

All in all the Sandals Foundation Island Impact was my favorite part of my trip. I can’t wait to go on another trip to a Beaches Resort so that I can volunteer my time again on our next family vacation. I encourage you to please help the Sandals Foundation continue to help children in the Caribbean by making a donation to their organization. Even just a dollar can put a pencil into the hands of a child without one, and help them to be successful in school.

Ella is the OC Mom Blog tween blogger. She is a student by day, and a fashionista by night. She loves baking, teddy bears and nice people.
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  1. Ella, thank you so much for taking time out of your holiday to give back to the children in the Caribbean. Thank you for inspiring others to do the same!! Your efforts go a long way and we are extremely grateful!

    • It was so amazing! I love helping children and this could not have been a better learning experience for me. I am extremely grateful for getting to go on an amazing trip with other amazing kids.

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