Florida Student Spends Summer Vacation Volunteering in the BVI

Florida Student Spends Summer Vacation Volunteering in the BVI
BVI Tourist Board facilitates Voluntourism and Sports Tourism project



Tortola, British Virgin Islands, July 17, 2019…Jupiter Florida High School student, George Moroncini’s love of the environment and keen interest in the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board’s Seeds of Love program, led him to spend some time in the Territory participating in community service activities.  After expressing his interest in the Seeds of Love program to the BVI Tourist Board, George not only agreed to assist the students at the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) with the development of their herb gardens but he also offered to introduce them to the sport of Lacrosse.   For two weeks of his vacation (July 8-19) George has been teaching Lacrosse in the morning and participating in the gardening project in the afternoons.  A high school Lacrosse player, George also generously donated the Lacrosse equipment, water bottles and backpacks for twenty students.

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“This activity not only highlights sports tourism, but also voluntourism as George Moroncini is dedicating his time to teach the sport and participate in sustainable conservation activities with the youth of the BVI. The BVI Tourist Board is sincerely appreciative of such a generous act by this young man.  We are also grateful to YEP and its Director Stacey Mather for enthusiastically agreeing to partner with us on this activity”, said Sharon Flax-Brutus, Director of Tourism.

Photo Credit: Stacy Mather

Photo Credit: Stacy Mather

George Moroncini is assisted by Mia Blyden, a Science teacher at the Elmore Stoutt High School who also plays lacrosse.

Photo Credit: Stacy Mather

Photo Credit: Stacy Mather

Stacy Mather, Executive Director of YEP commenting on George’s summer engagement said, “Each summer we at YEP seek to create an active and purpose driven programme filled with activities that engage our YEPpies. We are very grateful to the BVI Tourist Board and the Moroncini family for their efforts to bring a new sport to our youth and for advancing our garden project at YEP. It has been a wonderful experience for all 23 teenagers involved and this experience will last them for years to come.” 

Summer is a time for fun and play and this year students of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) are experiencing an exciting time learning and making a difference.