Your Vacation Can Make a Difference
Campers meet their Anguillan counterparts and realize their similarities and shared love for the game. They also come to understand the differences in resources between their homeland and the tiny island. It is not about feeling guilt; rather, it is about understanding and resolving to help.
Our campers arrive full of anticipation and excitement. They meet their fellow campers and the staff and explore their surroundings while adjusting to new rules and expectations. Typically, our campers arrive without much exposure to the poverty experienced in much of Anguilla. While they expect some kind of juxtaposition, they are usually quite impacted by it.
Through journaling, team bonding experiences, and nightly activities, our campers begin to acknowledge and harness the impact their influence can have on others. Interacting and developing friendships with the Anguillan players, as well as sharing their tennis facilities, leads to intimate reflection on how best to serve them. You don't know what others need until you experience their hardships and joys.
Some campers have a hard time reconciling where they come from and the local children’s hardships. While it is uncomfortable, we help them work through it, as it prepares the ground for a deeper emotional connection. After this stage, campers usually open up more in our nightly gratefulness sessions and seem to gain a better sense of perspective when looking at their own life struggles.
Campers experience that existential moment when they realize that they are more than just a teenager---each one has the power to shape the world through every encounter, starting now.
Once children unleash their full potential, you better stay out of their way. They will shine bright and take on the world.