Build a Book Cove trip is a short-term service trip where you can volunteer abroad with Caribbean with Purpose
WHAT IS A BOOK COVE?
With Caribbean with Purpose, you have the opportunity to impact hundreds of children around the Caribbean.
Because of the help of people like you, schools improve and completely transform. When a child has access to books, they have the opportunity to expand their mind, creative problem solving, and explore a new world of possibilities for their future. Through this transformation, students achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life.
Learn how you can join us as a volunteer by choosing from the options below.
TRAVEL AND BUILD
Take a volunteer trip while immersing yourself in a new culture. Caribbean with Purpose offers you various opportunities to build BOOK COVE’s, Read Around the Isle, and experience vibrant cultures throughout the Caribbean with our Global Village program.
READ AROUND THE ISLE
Read Around the Isle was created with that goal in mind. We strive to introduce children to stories, leaders, and inspirational voices that will ignite the spark to a child’s bright future.
Book Camp is a summer literacy and enrichment program for students in grades kindergarten through 6 grade. Book Camp aims to build students’ social-emotional skills around what the program refers to as “the 7 strengths”—belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope—by incorporating these concepts into reading and writing texts and lessons and combining them with an engaging summer camp approach.
We welcome everyone who wants to contribute to our work, no matter your age, background, religion or race. Previous construction experience or fluency in a second language is not required. Please note, however, that manual labor is a part of the trip, so all participants should be in good health. If you are under 18, please see our minor policy.
You can apply for any trip listed on our website. As trips fill up, they are removed from the website so it’s best to apply now rather than later.
Caribbean with Purpose offers volunteer opportunities through Build A Book Cove for both individuals and existing groups. Visit our trip schedule to view all of the trips open to individuals.
If you’d like to organize a trip for an existing group such as a school, church, business, friends, family, or colleagues, contact us at [email protected] or 800-358-4090 to discuss locations and timing that work for you and your group.
Caribbean with Purpose has a long history of working in other countries, and volunteer health and safety is our top priority. Our partners in the Caribbean know and live in the area, and help ensure a safe and valuable experience for volunteers year after year. We also regularly follow international travel advisories closely. While we cannot guarantee personal safety, we do everything possible to keep volunteers out of harm’s way, both on and off the work site, and also include travel medical insurance in the trip cost. However, it is up to each individual to assess the host country and trip details for their own comfort level. You must also be willing to follow the Caribbean with Purpose trip guidelines and follow the instructions of trip leaders and in-country connections for the best experience possible.
Building a Book Cove is no simple task! Construction activities vary in length, but our goal is always to complete the build of the Book Cove from start to finish in one week.
Your trip isn’t just about the work you’ll complete on the build site. Build A Book Cove trips are holistic experiences in which you’ll deepen your understanding of the local culture and community in addition to working alongside educators to create strength, stability and self-reliance among early child and primary school-age students in under resourced schools.
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Make a difference in someone's life!
When students and teachers have access to the right resources, books, technology, and support they can achieve great things and make their mark on the world.
Read Around the Isle
BOOK COVE Programs
INVESTING IN STUDENTS
Beyond access to great books, each student will have the opportunity to envision a future of endless possibilities through:
A partnership with administrators and educators are each school is an essential element to the success of each Book Cove and includes:
PARTNERING WITH COMMUNITY
A child’s prospects for the future increase when they have support from parents at home. Our goal is simply to:Make a Global Village trip donation.