I’d like to say welcome to the island for those of you who are new here as well as our returning crew. All the best for this upcoming term to everyone! Although many of you know all the events we do here in Grenada, for those of you who are new and don’t, or for someone who may just not know but wanted to get involved, here are some of the ways you can spend your time in Grenada.
There are lots of things you can do to get involved with volunteering here in Grenada if you have the time and the interest! Here are some details of the things we do, but we are always looking for new ways to help out where we can. Remember a little bit goes a long way!
Once the term gets underway we will continue with weekly trips to Queen Elizabeth Home for Children in Tempe. SGU provides a bus that will pick up anyone who wants to come. The bus will leave around 3 (best to come a little early) and will leave the home around 5.
Next door to the Queen Elizabeth home is the Dorothy Hopkins Centre which houses residents with mental and physical disabilities and you can choose to spend time there as well using the same SGU bus on Mondays.
The Bel Air is another orphanage its in the Calliste area out towards the airport. There are a lot of great kids their who would love having visits by volunteers willing to donate their time. We don’t currently have any transportation specifically going to Bel Air, but if enough show interest an SGU bus could be set up once or twice a month to take volunteers out for visits.
Another great opportunity is volunteering with the Limes After School program which meets at Limes field every Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5. Limes mentors and the kids play games, do crafts, complete homework, read to each other, and are given other educational activities. For more information contact the Limes coordinators Laura Lackey and Kim Brewer and they will be happy to provide more details.
SOs may join students for beach days run by the Orphanage Students Organization (OSO). They meet Saturdays at the Grand Anse campus from 10am -12pm to swim and play with kids from Queen Elizabeth and Bel Air homes and provide the kids with lunch as well. Its a good way to do something with your student, if he or she has an extra time on the weekend. Nicole Woody would be happy to answer any additional questions you might have about OSO beach days.
For all you animal lovers, Allison Gray began a tradition of volunteering at the Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) which we would like to continue with this coming term as well. If you like walking and playing with (very sweet and loving) dogs and giving attention to the cats as well this might be for you. Trips are periodic and we will try to give plenty of notice as to when they are happening. We are always looking for volunteers to drive, as well as those those who just would like to come donate their time with the animals.
The Programme for Adolescent Mothers (PAM) up in St. George is an organization that helps pregnant teenage women complete their secondary education as well as teaching them valuable life skills that will help with their futures. Contact me for more details about PAM and how you can get involved.
There are also some new potential projects for Spring 2013. We are trying to collaborate with some other SGU groups (AMSA being one of them) to get involved in a blood drive that SOs can take part in. There is also a vet student initiated project in the works to help out a horse stable here in Grenada that is in desperate need of assistance. These are just a couple things that we would like to get started for this term.
Also, if YOU have any ideas about volunteering opportunities that you would like to see happen please let me know. I’d be happy to get some other things going. For any questions, concerns or ideas email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or