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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
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  • 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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Roatan, Honduras

La Clinica Esperanza is a local low cost/no cost medical clinic in Sandy Bay, Roatan.  Office supplies and medical supplies are needed for the operation of the medical clinic. These include over the counter children's medications, over the counter adult medications, cough and cold medications, aspirin, adult multivitamins, children's multivitamins, and a wide variety of office supplies including scotch tape, masking tape, glue sticks, pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, paper clips, permanent markers, staples, envelopes, Post-It Notes, sharpies and more. A complete list can be found on the website: ClinicaEsperanza.org. Volunteers are also needed to help at the clinic. See the Volunteer page on the website for details and an application. For more information, email info@clinicaesperanza.org or call 504-2445-3234.

Arnaldo Auld Public School in Gravel Bay is a small kindergarten through 6th grade school located in Constelation Bight, very near one of Roatan's cruise piers. Over 500 children attend this school in morning and afternoon sessions. The school needs English language reading books, pencils, backpacks, crayons, construction paper, composition notebooks, copy paper, vitamins, new or gently used children's clothes, black shoes and white socks for both boys and girls and white board erasers. A list of what is currently needed can be found on the Roatan Children's Fund website at RoatanChildrensFund.com. School supplies may be dropped off during school hours from February through November.  Items can also be dropped off with Yancsy at Playa Miguel at the CoCo View Resort in French Harbor or at the Rotary Booth at the cruise ship piers. Roatan Children's Fund is a U.S. non-profit and can be contacted at 925-932-8625.

Majken Broby Children's Home in Gravel Bay is an orphanage that is located very close to one of Roatan's cruise piers. The home is supposed by the Roatan Children's Fund, a U.S. 501c3 non-profit corporation. The Children's Home could use book bags, school shoes, composition notebooks, pencils, black pens, blue pens, red pens, craft paper, construction paper, and other school supplies. Grocery items are also appreciated. A list of what is currently needed can be found on the Roatan Children's Fund website at RoatanChildrensFund.com. Please email lynn@roatanchildrensfund.com well in advance if you wish to visit the Children's Home. Do not bring any candy and pictures of the children are not permitted. Items can also be dropped off with Yancsy at Playa Miguel at the CoCo View Resort in French Harbor or at the Rotary Booth at the cruise ship piers. Roatan Children's Fund is a U.S. non-profit and can be contacted at 925-932-8625.

Elfrida Brooks School in Coxen Hole is located near one of Roatan's cruise ship piers. The school has approximately 180 students in grades K-6. The school needs Band-aids, cotton balls, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, band instruments, crayons, pencils, backpacks, erasers, coloring books, Spanish-English dictionaries, black shoes and white socks for boys and girls in grades K-6, new or gently used children's clothing, children's vitamins and more. Please do not bring any candy or gum. A complete list of what is needed can be found on the Roatan Children's Fund website at RoatanChildrensFund.com. Please email lynn@roatanchildrensfund.com for information regarding the Elfrida Brooks School.  Items can also be dropped off with Yancsy at Playa Miguel at the CoCo View Resort in French Harbor or at the Rotary Booth at the cruise ship piers. Roatan Children's Fund is a U.S. non-profit and can be contacted at 925-932-8625.

Juan Lindo School is located in Juticalpa on Roatan. This school has 120 students in grades K-6, housed in two classrooms. The school needs crayons, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, arts & crafts supplies, construction paper, composition books, backpacks, snacks, cookies, coloring books, black shoes and white socks for boys and girls in grades K-6, new or gently used children's clothing, bar soap, bilingual (English/Spanish) children's books, children's vitamins and more. Please do not bring any candy or gum. A complete list of what is needed can be found on the Roatan Children's Fund website at RoatanChildrensFund.com. Please email lynn@roatanchildrensfund.com in advance for information regarding visits to the Juan Lindo School.  Items can also be dropped off with Yancsy at Playa Miguel at the CoCo View Resort in French Harbor or at the Rotary Booth at the cruise ship piers. Roatan Children's Fund is a U.S. non-profit and can be contacted at 925-932-8625.

Familias Saludables (Healthy Families) is a non-profit Canadian non-governmental organization (NGO) working in Roatan to help with AIDS education and to reduce the mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Approximately two-thirds of Roatan's population lives on less than $2 US per day and chronic malnutrition affects about one-third of the children under five years of age. Familias Saludables works closely with the population in need on the island to promote healthy family living. Needs include powdered infant formula, infant vitamins, children's vitamins, adult vitamins, Pre-Natal vitamins, Pedialyte, antibiotic creams, children's Tylenol, infant Tylenol, adult Tylenol, children's and adults' cough medicines, new or gently used baby clothes, new or gently used children's clothes, new or gently used children's shoes, children's socks, baby blankets, disposable diapers, small infant toys, children's small toys, coloring books, crayons, little girls' hair bows and barrettes, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste and more. A complete list of the organization's needs is located on their website: FamiliasSaludables.org. Familias Saludables is located in the Sam Grant Building in Coxen Hole. Volunteers are also needed to help with the organization's work. For more information, contact Familias Saludables by phone at 011-504-445-0352 or 011-5-403118.

Froylan Turcios School is located in First Bight on Roatan. The school has 120 students in grades K-6. The school desperately needs pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, backpacks, construction paper, lined binder paper, composition notebooks, crayons, washable markers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, dental floss, first aid kit items, English to Spanish dictionaries, and white socks for grades K-6. A complete list of what is needed can be found on the Roatan Children's Fund website at RoatanChildrensFund.com. Please email lynn@roatanchildrensfund.com in advance for information regarding visits to the Juan Lindo School.  Items can also be dropped off with Yancsy at Playa Miguel at the CoCo View Resort in French Harbor or at the Rotary Booth at the cruise ship piers. Roatan Children's Fund is a U.S. non-profit and can be contacted at 925-932-8625.

Pedro Nufio School is located in Politilly Bight on Roatan. The school has 100 students in grades K-6, housed in two classrooms. The school desperately needs crayons, pencils, pencil sharpeners, backpacks, erasers, coloring books, shoes and white socks for boys and girls in grades K-6, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, children's vitamins, children's books in English and Spanish, composition notebooks, new or gently used children's clothing, and Spanish-English dictionaries. A complete list of what is needed can be found on the Roatan Children's Fund website at RoatanChildrensFund.com. Please email lynn@roatanchildrensfund.com in advance for information regarding visits to the Juan Lindo School.  Items can also be dropped off with Yancsy at Playa Miguel at the CoCo View Resort in French Harbor or at the Rotary Booth at the cruise ship piers. Roatan Children's Fund is a U.S. non-profit and can be contacted at 925-932-8625.

Partners in Education - Roatan (PIER) is a US 501c3 nonprofit organization that encourages education on the island of Roatan. The organization operates a library and Teachers Resource Center, a bookmobile service and much more. The organization welcomes volunteers to help them carry out their mission. They also need school supplies, backpacks, arts & crafts materials, games and puzzles. Specific needs include pencils, markers, paper, Spanish children's books, glue sticks, crayons, markers, books of games and activities in English and Spanish, tape and scissors. For more information, visit the organization's website at: Pierroatan.bravehost.com. For more information, contact them via email at PartnersInEducationRoatan@yahoo.com.

Transportation to these places and other locations in Roatan can be arranged by contact Carlos Rodriguez at Islander Tours (IslanderTours.com), Victor Bodden at Bodden Tours (BoddenTours.com) or through a number of other tour companies on the island. Taxis are also widely available at resorts on Roatan and at the cruise ship terminals.

Throughout Honduras

Project Honduras is an online information and communications network (ProjectHonduras.com) providing details on a wide variety of volunteer options throughout Honduras. A number of these could be interwoven into individual trips and vacations to Honduras. See the Volunteer page on the Project Honduras website for more information and links to organizations.

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