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Voluntourism and Cruising  March 2016
Nancy Schretter, Together for Good's Founder, is featured in a session entitled "Shorex and the Rise of Voluntourism" at Seatrade Global 2016, the cruise industry’s premier conference. This session covers how cruise lines and others are catering to travelers' interests in combining volunteer opportunities with leisure travel and ways ports can adapt and cater to this voluntourism trend.
Presenters include Tara Russell, President of Fathom & Global Impact Lead, Carnival Corporation & Plc; Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten; John Stoll, Vice President, Land Programs, Crystal Cruises; and Yoshioka Tatsuya, Founder and Director, Peace Boat.

Great Press!

Together for Good was recently featured in articles in

  • Agent@Home magazine
  • Fox News
  • Travel Channel
  • Chicago Tribune
  • and other media outlets.
We've also been included in stories in Leisure Group Travel magazine, USA Today, the International Business Times, Porthole Magazine, and many other print and online publications. See our Stories page for links and more information. Thanks for all the media support.

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Nassau, Bahamas:

The Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel is a short-term residential group foster home and child care facility for over 30 children ranging in age from infants up to about 12 years of age. Items that are needed are children’s clothing for babies and children up to 12 years of age, toiletries and personal hygiene items, children’s Tylenol, children’s multivitamins, children’s cold/cough medicine, band-aids, toys, backpacks, pens, pencils, colored pencils, paper, rulers, school supplies, children’s books, new underwear and socks, new bathing suits, sports equipment, bath towels and washcloths, and bed sheets. The address is Mckinney Drive off Carmichael Road, Nassau City, New Providence, Bahamas. The telephone numbers is 242-361-4124 and 242-341-1951. Their fax number is 242-361-7471 and the e-mail address is bceh@coralwave.com. Their Facebook profile is Bahamas-Childrens-Emergency-Hostel

The S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women is an organization that assists teen girls and young women throughout New Providence and the outer islands of the Bahamas. The organization operates an after/out of school youth development program that has impacted thousands of teen girls throughout New Providence and the Outer Islands of the Bahamas. The organization is seeking the following items: Reference books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, research manuals, text books (high school and college), reading books (novels for older girls, teen mysteries, etc.), coloring books (middle school students), school supplies such as book bags, pencils, pens, erasers, glue sticks, arts & crafts supplies, etc., games including board games (chess, backgammon, Sorry) and sporting equipment such as balls, softball equipment, etc. The organization is located at #307 Soldier Road, Nassau, Bahamas. They can be contacted by e-mail at info@strawincbahamas.com, by telephone at 1-242-328-2304, 1-242-676-0149 or 1-242-328-0425. The contact person is Therena Cunningham, the organization’s president. Visitors should call or e-mail in advance to arrange a drop-off. To learn more, visit their website at StrawIncBahamas.com.

The Bilney Lane Children’s Home is a small orphanage/foster home for children ages 5-18 operated under the auspices of The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. The address is Bilney Lane off Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-205, Nassau, Bahamas. The telephone number is (242) 393-0271 and the Administrator's name is Janet Brown. Items that are needed are children’s clothing for kids ages 5-18, toiletries and personal hygiene items, backpacks, pens, pencils, colored pencils, paper, rulers, school supplies, books, new underwear and socks, sports equipment, bath towels and washcloths, and bed sheets. Visitors may also help the children with homework and reading.

The Ranfurly Home for Children is a foster home for children ages 5-18. The home provides child care for children who are displaced from their homes due to death of parents or guardians, separation, abuse, abandonment and other circumstances. The address is Mackey Street, Nassau, Bahamas. The Home can be contacted by phone at (242) 393-3115, by fax at (242) 394-0834 or by e-mail at ranfurly@bahamas.net.bs. Items that are needed are children’s clothing for kids ages 5-18, toiletries and personal hygiene items, backpacks, pens, pencils, colored pencils, paper, rulers, school supplies, books, clothing, new underwear and socks, sports equipment, bath towels and washcloths, and bed sheets. For more information, visit Ranfurly Home's website.

The Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home is a residential childcare facility for up to 50 boys and girls ages 11-17. Items that are needed are children’s clothing for boys and girls between the ages of 11-17, toiletries and personal hygiene items, Tylenol, multivitamins, cold/cough medicine, band-aids, backpacks, pens, pencils, colored pencils, paper, rulers, school supplies, educational puzzles and games, books, computer equipment, new underwear and socks, sports equipment, bath towels and washcloths, and bed sheets. The children's home address is Zimbabwe Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas. The telephone number is (242) 324-4630 or (242) 324-4645 and the fax number is (242) 324-4646. The Home can be contacted by e-mail at eech@coralwave.com.

Grand Bahama Island:

The Grand Bahama Children's Home cares for up to 40 boys and girls from infants through age 12. Opened in 1980, the home cares for children who have been removed from their families due to abandonment, abuse or neglect. The home could use children's clothing, toys, dolls, games for toddlers and children, stuffed animals, dress-up clothes and costumes, arts & crafts supplies, books, school supplies and personal care items. The Grand Bahama Children's Home is located at The Village, Tripp Lane, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The phone numbers are 242-352-7852 and 242-352-6076. Their fax number is 242-352-4236. For more information, visit their website at: GBChildrensHome.com

Exumas, Bahamas:

Island Routes offers visitors to the Exumas the opportunity to go on a Reading Road Trip and help local school children through their 'Community Routes Program.' Participants will interact with children at a local school, read a story to a small group of school children ages 3-10 years of age, and help school children improve their listening and comprehension skills. Donations of age-appropriate books to the school's library are warmly welcomed. For more information on this volunteer program, visit: IslandRoutes.com Reading Road Trip.

Additional Resources in The Bahamas:

Pack for a Purpose works with a number of resorts in The Bahamas to positively impact local organizations and communities. Check out the supply lists and drop off points on their website: Packforapurpose.org.

Note: From the United States, dial the international country code access number 011 when making telephone calls.