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Island Impact: Giving Back at Boscobel Primary School


Today’s experience was truly special. It wasn’t just about learning the ropes of hospitality; it was about making a difference in the lives of young Jamaicans. FIU, in collaboration with the Sandals Foundation, organized a phenomenal community service project at the Boscobel Primary School.

We arrived at the school, a vibrant building buzzing with energy, armed with school supplies and a passion for sharing our knowledge. Jordyn and I were paired up to teach a preschool class. The moment we walked in, we were greeted by a sea of curious faces – Naima, Britney, Davonte, Abigale – names that will forever be etched in my memory.

Their boundless enthusiasm and thirst for learning were infectious. Even with the language barrier, we managed to connect through songs, games, and simple activities. Their smiles and eagerness to participate warmed my heart. It brought back cherished memories of my own time as a Brownie, Girl Guide, and Ranger. Giving back to the community was always a highlight of those experiences, and today, that feeling came rushing back, stronger than ever.

The afternoon flew by in a whirlwind of laughter and learning. Seeing the impact we were making, even if just for a day, was truly fulfilling. Witnessing the dedication of the teachers and the joy of the students solidified my belief in the power of education and the importance of supporting local communities.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, we embarked on a magical journey to the Luminous Lagoon. Gliding through the bioluminescent waters, watching them shimmer like a million tiny stars, was an unforgettable experience. It was the perfect end to a day filled with heartwarming connections and the joy of giving back.

This experience served as a powerful reminder that hospitality isn’t just about luxury and service. It’s about creating positive experiences, fostering connections, and making a positive impact on the communities we interact with. The time spent at Boscobel Primary will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on me. The love and light in those young eyes will continue to inspire me as I navigate the world of hospitality and tourism.

So, here’s to Naima, Britney, Davonte, Abigale, and all the amazing students and teachers at Boscobel Primary. Thank you for making this an unforgettable day. Stay tuned for more adventures as my eco-tourism exploration continues!

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