My Dream Winter Vacation in the Caribbean
You and your best friend have done well in school this year. Both of you made the honor roll!! Now that December is approaching, your parents are promising you the vacation of a lifetime. They want you to trade in the books and homework for fun in the sun in the Caribbean.
Now, the deal is this: your parents will take you and your friend on a one week vacation to the Caribbean country of your choice if you stay within the budget. So, you chose to go to a Caribbean country where you have a pen pal because the pen pal and his family will invite all of you to their house for dinner one evening.
Your parents set the budget per person for the week as follows:
Airfare and hotel - $2,000
Food for 7 days - $50.00 per day or $350 per week
Sightseeing tours, entrance fees, museums, fees for other entertainment, and gifts and
and souvenirs - $50.00 per day
To think creatively and productively about what it would mean to visit another country--what you need to know before you go, and what to expect after you arrive.
To use the Internet and other computer skills to gather information about a Caribbean country.
To interact with members of your group to share information.
To meet the challenge of staying within a budget.
Each person in the group will use the information gathered by other members of the group to write a letter to a friend, describing the country and the trip. Each person will e-mail the letter to each member of the group and to the designated CyberCamp staff person. The group will elect one member of the group to read his travel letter to other campers in the classroom.
Include the following items in the letter. Use the Form for Recording Country Information and the Notes on My Vacation form on the last pages of this module as a guide.
A brief history of the country--just the highlights.
A description of the geography of the country--illustrated with maps and/or photos as needed.
A brief description of the people and the culture of the country.
Cost of the vacation package: airfare and hotel.
Meals and snacks: what to eat, where to eat. Describe some of the foods. Give recipes and illustrations if possible.
Describe what to see, what to do and the cost.
Describe the weather and what clothes to take.
List some things to buy as gifts and souvenirs.
Use the Internet to gather information about the Caribbean country.
Work together as a group by your row. There are three or four campers in each row.
Choose one of the following countries to research:
Divide the responsibilities along these lines: one person will be responsible for travel arrangements and hotel, another for meals and snacks, another for a description of the people and the culture, and another for entertainment.
Alter plans if necessary to stay within the budget.
Activities and Web Sites
Search the Internet to perform the tasks listed below. These are just suggested Web sites. You will certainly find others.
Book It! Find a travel package that includes airfare from Washington, D.C. and hotel for 7 days in your chosen country. [The airport code for the Reagan National Airport is DCA.]
Who are these people? Use these Web sites to find basic information about your chosen country.
Start with Country Fact Books at http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
For basic country information, log onto http://www.ask.com/index.asp and type in the search box "visit Jamaica" or the name of the country you want to visit.
Get a flag of the country at http://www.fotw.ca/flags/
See Maps from around the World at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/Map_collection.html
Country Profiles - http://cwr.utoronto.ca/cultural/english/index.html
Countries Around the World - http://www.yahooligans.com/Around_the_World/Countries/
Yahooligans World Fact Book http://www.yahooligans.com/reference/factbook/
Encyclopaedia Britannica Article on Aruba http://www.britannica.com/search?query=Aruba&ct=fuzzy=N
Basic Information on Barbados,
Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago
Encyclopaedia Britannica Article on Puerto Rico
History of Puerto Rico http://welcome.toooopuertorico.org/history.shtml
Encyclopaedia Britannica Article about the West Indies
Encyclopedic information about
various Caribbean countries.
http://188.8.131.52/english/Maps.html Includes maps, geography, facts, music, and recipes
How's the weather or what to pack for the trip? Describe the weather conditions and climate in your chosen country.
Try World's Weather at http://www.usatoday.com/weather/basemaps/wworld1.htm
What's a dollar worth here? List the value of the following U.S. currencies in the currency of the Caribbean country that you have chosen: $.50, $1.00, and $20.00.
Currency Conversion http://www.turq.com/facts/curconv.html
Hot Spots. Where do you go to hang out? Are there activities in this Caribbean country that people go there just to participate in these activities?
Historical Spots. Search the Web to find historical sites in your chosen country. Choose famous buildings, famous battle sites, or anything you can find.
Art and museum stuff. Search the Internet to find a museum in your country.
Jammin' - Find the history and examples of various types of music from your chosen country.
Log onto Yahoo.com at http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Music/Genres/Caribbean/
Caribbean Party Music http://shop.store.yahoo.com/caribmart/carparcarmus.html
Caribbean Music and Carnivals http://www.travelintelligence.net/wsd/articles/art_676.html
Caribbean Music Online http://directory.google.com/Top/Regional/Caribbean/Arts_and_Entertainment/Music/
What's for dinner? Provide background about the history of Caribbean foods, describing how other countries, tradition, and available resources influence food choices. Find a famous restaurant in your country and tell what is served there that makes the restaurant famous. Select a well-known dish from the chosen country that includes hot peppers, coconut or coconut cream, pineapple, plantains, curry, dried salt cod, or conch. Print the recipe to share with others.
Barbados Food and Drink http://www.caribzones.com/barbadosfood.html
What is Caribbean Cuisine? http://www.palmbeachreggaeclub.com/kitchen.html
The Caribbean: Our Heritage in
Cuisine of the Caribbean
Caribbean Cuisine by Maggie Shi—includes recipes and descriptions of ingredients http://berncity.tripod.com/carib.html
Puerto Rican Culture: Food and Drinks
All About Curry Powder
History of Dried
History of Dried
A Guide to Hot
A Guide to Hot
History of the Coconut
History of the Pineapple
History of the
History of the
Use the following forms to record information as you do your research.
Form for Recording Country Information
Notes on My Vacation in the Caribbean