Broadreach programme pays visit to St. Eustatius

The Broadreach group with their mentor Alex Borreil (second left) and Monuments Director Walter Hellebrand (in background at left.)


ST. EUSTATIUS– A group of eleven youngsters and their mentor of the Broadreach programme for adventurous learning visited St. Eustatius on , and came ashore to explore and extend a helping hand.


  In addition to learning how to sail and scuba dive, part of the Broadreach programme is also to give back to the communities the groups visit.

  Director of St. Eustatius Monuments Foundation Walter Hellebrand was approached by the organisation and suggested a clean-up and clear-up of the yard of the Old Public School in Oranjestad.

  Armed with gloves, garbage bags, shears and enthusiasm the young visitors got to work under the watchful eye of their mentor Alex Borreil.

  The group thought it was “pretty cool” to be working next to an 18th-century building. The historical monument provided Hellebrand with the perfect link to tell the young visitors about Statia’s varied past – as visible through its monuments. One of them – from Canada – reacted: “Wow, so Oranjestad is more than 300 years older than the town where I live.”

  Over the past 24 years, Broadreach has expanded the horizons of over 16,000 middle school, high school and college students. On more than 70 summer adventures in over 40 countries, Broadreach students have pursued their interests, unlocking the world, understanding its people and finding themselves along the way.

  They have earned over 9,000 college credits in subjects ranging from marine biology and medicine to Spanish and photography, and more than 31,000 certifications through hands-on education. They have also logged over 124,000 community service hours while making the world a better place, and travelled countless miles across oceans, off beaten paths and into ancient cultures, Broadreach says on its website.

Source: The Daily Herald