Study Abroad

Book Deliveries

January 16, 2017

This semester, we worked hard collecting donated books and school supplies from our friends, families, and members of the Lasell community. Each person travelling to Antigua filled a suitcase worth fifty pounds of books and supplies, totaling about 500 books that would be donated to TNK.

Bright and early at 7:45, we started our morning with a nice breakfast at the hotel to get us going. We quickly packed the car up with our 14 suitcases, got in the van with our favorite driver, Wayne, and made it to TNK just in time for the bell to ring. After bringing our book donations into the library, we met the students and staff of TNK at the courtyard for their special Friday morning prayers. We also watched the whole school sing "Happy Birthday" to one students, which was really special to see, because it was sang much different than how we do it!  

We spent the day teaching our classes, playing in the sunny field, and enjoying a pot -luck lunch with many teachers from TNK. One teacher made the most amazing pumpkin soup that I think we will be talking about for the next year!! We also spent some time taking TONS of pictures with all of the students! (They especially loved the special filters on Snapchat!) The best part of the day was distributing the new school supplies to all the students, and seeing their faces brighten up instantly. One student exclaimed that it was the best day of his life!  

As the end of the day was nearing, we all began to realize how sad we were, knowing that it was the last day we'd be able to be with these amazing students. Due to the snow, we were only able to spend two days with them instead of five, and by the end of the day today, we realized how much longer we wished to be here with them!  We spent extra time at TNK saying our goodbyes, and then headed back to the hotel.  

After school, we were able to squeeze in some beach time before dinner! Unfortunately our beach time was cut short due to a passing rainstorm that caused us to hide under beach huts. Fortunately however, during our time in the huts, we met the "Master Weaver of Antigua," Mansfield. While chatting with him, he took about 30 minutes creating a rose out of palm tree leaves for each of us! After that, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our dinner out.  

To end our night, we went to the roadhouse, where we enjoyed some burgers and fries with some of the teachers from TNK! We spent the nights dancing are hearts away, and returned to our hotel for some much needed sleep for a very long and exciting day ahead of us! 

Team Antigua