The ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and enriching lives in countries where the ID Travel Group operates.
The ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
To date, we have raised over $100,000 towards relief efforts as a result of recent natural disasters. Currently, these destinations are still in need of assistance as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Please consider supporting our cause with a tax-deductible donation today. We thank you in advance for your generosity!
The Foundation's mandate is to assist the quality of life in areas where the ID Travel Group operates, focusing on the Caribbean, and especially on improving educational opportunities. Its most significant commitment has been to endow a graduate scholarship at Oxford University in Social Sciences, open to residents of Caribbean countries, where the Foundation perceives a chronic need to raise the level of management skills.
In addition, the Foundation makes funds available to provide short term assistance to residents following natural and human disasters, such as hurricanes and health issues.
Maurice Bonham-Carter is a long time hospitality leader with over 35 years of worldwide experience in the industry. He began his career at JP Morgan & Co rising to Managing Director, where he oversaw banking responsibilities for the Caribbean and Latin America.
Previous assignments included spells in London and Singapore, with an active role in financing hospitality and tourism projects. Since leaving the bank in 1988, he has focused his attention on investments in the tourism sector, and has owned and overseen several hotel projects in the Caribbean, including Long Bay Beach Resort that he developed into the largest hotel in the British Virgin Islands at the time. For the past 18 years, he has been an owner of Anguilla’s Arawak Inn.
Over 30 years ago, he founded New York based Island Destinations, with the initial intent of providing reservations and marketing services for his Caribbean resorts. This entity has now expanded to one of North America’s most respected luxury tour operators – known today as the ID Travel Group – with offices in New York and Singapore, servicing discerning leisure travelers though their chosen travel professionals in four continents.
In 2015 Bonham-Carter also founded the ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living, Inc. to assist the quality of life and improve educational opportunities in areas where the ID Travel Group operates, focusing initially on the Caribbean. To date, the non-profit organization has endowed a graduate scholarship for Caribbean residents at Oxford University, has assisted special needs children and a school in Anguilla.
Bonham-Carter was born and raised in England and graduated from Oxford University with a Master’s Degree, majoring in Economics. He resides in Larchmont, New York and is kept occupied by his grandchildren and his business interests.
We come together, in solidarity, to reflect on the impacted islands, as well as our neighbors in the US that have been devastated by the path of the recent hurricanes.
While the immediate destruction of these acts of nature have subsided, our island nations in particular, are left with the daunting task of keeping their families safe and rebuilding their lives.
Our newest mandated mission is to immediately raise funds for our island partners in despair.100% of funds will go directly to purchasing relief items for island nations listed, but not limited to: Anguilla, St. Barths, British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos.
Relief items donated to date:
In keeping with our Foundation's mission to support education, relief efforts will also be focused on schools most in need. Our first two adopted schools are the Enid Capron Primary School in Five Cays, Turks and Caicos and Vivien Vanterpool Primary School in Anguilla.
Relief items donated to date:
As there is still much more to be done throughout these islands that deliver unforgettable vacation experiences, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living’s mission to assist these devastated destinations.
And, should you have a specific island that you'd like to focus your funds towards, please let us know!
Mail Donation: please mail checks, made out to ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living to:
ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living 1875 Palmer Avenue Larchmont, NY 10538
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Maria Hawkins, Mission Field Director - Anguilla
Andy Bickerton, Mission Field Director - British Virgin Islands
Tradewind Aviation - St Barths
Stacy Cox, Mission Field Director - Turks and Caicos
ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living, Founder, Maurice Bonham-Carter and his Field Directors on the ground in Anguilla, with The Honourable Pam Webster, Leader of the Opposition in the Anguilla house of Assembly, distributing relief items to all those severely in need of support from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
ID Travel Group COO, Laurie Palumbo, taking you inside the Foundations effort, the team loading 42 generators, to be driven to Miami from New York, then transported by sea to Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands. Thank you to our generous donors, who have made this possible!
The ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living has endowed a full one year Masters Scholarship at Oxford University’s Christ Church concentrating in the Social Sciences Division, for Fall 2017.
Our candidate, Aria Laidlow (Bequia, St Vincent & The Grenadines) will be working towards her M.S. in Environmental Change and Management.
Scholarship covers all course and college fees with an additional grant for living costs to enrich her abroad experience!
Applications for our 2018 Scholarship are now open!
Oxford University is seeking suitable candidates who are residents of the following Caribbean countries:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands.
The scholarship will again cover course fees, college fees and a grant for living costs for full-time students to further enrich their abroad experience.
For more information, specific deadline information or to apply, please visit: http://www.ox.ac.uk/node/36528#idtravel or call or +44 (0) 1865 286 075
"The ID Travel Group Foundation Bonham-Carter Graduate Scholarship has granted me the opportunity to continue to be the change I want to see. As a resident of a tiny island called Bequia nestled within the multi-island state of St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, the opportunities to attend such a prestigious institution as Oxford are quite far and few.
Today I have found home in the center of global learning, pursuing my MSc. In Environmental Change and Management (ECM), surrounded with new friends from almost every corner of the world, attending lectures and seminars with leading professionals in their field, and YES, enjoying hearty chuckles and valuable conversations within the famous Christ Church dining hall. However, not all such great moments are created within the confines of Oxford. An MSc in ECM has afforded me amazing field trips so far to amazing sites in Dorset and Slapton, Devon and I am definitely looking forward to future trips, namely to Brussels this coming March.
I think more than the wealth of academic knowledge which I have received thus far, the friendships which I have created are priceless and opportunities afforded insurmountable. This semester I have been chosen as a candidate for the Oxford Climate School conducted by the Oxford Climate Society. In addition, I have been selected to take part in the Life For Impact Leadership Program organized by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship within the Oxford SAID Business school. Hence, overall development is not confined within your department here at Oxford. The city of Dreaming Spires is definitely filled with tons of charm and lots to see and do, and I would have never been able to experience it all without having received this scholarship.
The world is in need of people who are committed and longing to make a change, the experience here at Oxford is definitely the vehicle to help you along your journey."
- Aria Laidlow, M.S. in Environmental Change and Management - Bequia, St Vincent & The Grenadines
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