posted July 16th
When we arrived in the Turks & Caicos islands, we were fortunate to have a place to land with a lovely lady from the couchsurfing network: Lynn. As we were waiting for her in a local restaurant we happened to see children walking by in their school uniforms—obviously on their way back home after school. We were surprised as we had just come from the Bahamas where all the schools had just closed for the summer holidays.
We asked the children which school they were from & quickly hitch hiked a ride there to try to catch the principal before he left. The principal was very helpful & immediately agreed to our doing a drug-awareness program there in the next few days. Not only that, but he phoned the director of education to get us an appointment early the next morning. Thanks to this meeting, we got an official-looking authorisation to visit all the schools in the Turks & Caicos islands to conduct our programs!
In the meantime, our couchsurfing friend Lynn asked around on our behalf & found that one of her friends was going away & needed someone to look after her house while she was gone: perfect timing!!