Voluntourism – is travel which includes volunteering for a charitable cause.
A few months ago I came across a thread in the Turks and Caicos Forum of Trip Advisor along the lines of helping out / donating to a worthy cause while visiting the islands. Also, in reading a recent article on Oprah.com about How to Volunteer During Your Vacation, it seems that this is something that is quickly catching on. It’s amazing that there are people in the world that would love to leave a small token of gratitude in the way of contributing to a meaningful cause for the good of the people of that locale. If you are one of those persons that ask “is there anything that I can help with or do to contribute at all to the well-being of others?” Well… YES! Here are just a few things that I think you will enjoy real benefit from as well as leaving a little something behind.
The Turks & Caicos Tennis Federation
The Turks & Caicos Tennis Federation (TCITF) welcomes visitors to its TCI Tennis Club located on Venetian Road across from the National Stadium. Guests may join in their social club night on Wednesdays from 6pm or Sunday mornings from 8am. Guest fees are only $15 per person. This entitles you to full doubles play in a round robin format so everyone gets to play everyone else. This promotes meeting many of the members and further allows guests to make their own arrangements with a member to play as their guest for a regular singles or doubles match outside of the social sessions.
If a guest wishes to book a court for play then the fee is $20 per person per hour. The guest will arrange a court booking time through the club pro on 649-431-8367 and the pro or secretary will book the court for them using our electronic booking system. Should the guest wish to have coaching lessons or a hitting partner that may be arranged through the pro on the number above. When tourist plays at these courts their money is supporting junior tennis throughout the islands.
For more information on the Tennis Federation and the TCI Tennis Club please visit their website.
Provo Children’s Home
Provo Children’s Home is a great way to offer sincere aid for the benefit of others. Provo Children’s Home is a residential care facility and long term orphanage in Chalk Sound, Providenciales. Donations and volunteering of time is always welcomed. You can visit their website here and see their list of needed items.
The Potcake Place & TCSPCA
Two of my personal favorites are The Potcake Place and the Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. ‘Potcake’ is the name given to the dogs of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. It came about because the locals fed the caked remains of the cooking pot to the dogs. Having owned a pot cake for over five years, I know how they become so much a part of the family that you sometimes make little sacrifice for their comfort as you would your very own kids. My son Cameron, with our dog Polo landed “Most Looks Like Owner” and ‘Best in Show” 2008 dog show here on island. Polo was a rescued puppy found in Wheeland by Cameron. The Potcake Place allows you to adopt a potcake to take back from vacation and ensure that every rescued dog has a caring home. The TCSPCA works to spay and neuter animals, advocate for responsible pet ownership to local owners and facilitates fostering of animals.
These are just a few but there are many other ways that you can give back to the local Turks and Caicos communities. You can also donate to the Red Cross or the Salvation Army or make a direct donation to the Youth Center, a school or a religious organization.
What would be more rewarding than a little charity while in paradise?