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More Backin’ Barbados: Primary school charity visit – and grown men had tears in their eyes

January 7, 2009


One of the best things about the Backin’ Barbados fam trip was a visit to a primary school.

The Barbados Tourism Authority had come up with the idea of helping the Selah Primary School.

Check out this link to see loads of great photos and videos from the day:

It’s in a “forgotten parish”, St Lucy, and Adrian Loveridge, one of the tourist board’s directors, told me the school needed extra funds as it was never really in the limelight i.e. near Bridgetown or close to any of the tourist hotspots.

So a group of tour operators, and some journalists, headed there to help paint the school and dig some holes for plants.

But before all this, the pupils performed for us. This was such a great moment, and really humbling.

They sang for us, recited stories, danced and even played violins to welcome us, and grown men were admitting to their eyes welling up. They seemed so pleased to see us, and the project was a huge success.

So I’ve written about this in Travel Trade Gazette, as part of Travel Gives Back, designed to highlight the positive side of tourism.

Virgin Holidays is talking about combining charity work with holidays, and the Barbados Tourism Authority has told me it will look into making experiences like this available to holidaymakers next year.

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