February 15th - 18th


From each glorious morning sunrise to relaxing sunset, Jamaica presents a magnificent kaleidoscope of color and beauty that has made the island one of the most precious jewels in the Caribbean. It is a land of warm and welcoming people, inspiring scenery and so many unique and engaging ways to experience it visitors want to come back again and again.

Imagine spending four days with these amazing teachers, Jill Shafer, Bridget Spackman....and other experienced, and like-minded Bookbag Tour Travelers where, together, we will have deep reflections and conversations. A space that will allow you to think bigger and more deeply about how you will show up to your classrooms and in the world.

Plus, you deserve this relaxing trip in February!! Unlike our regular trips, you are staying in one place, except to visit the schools, or go exploring on your free time.

We will be staying at the Riu Ocho Rios all-inclusive resort...YES, this is ALL INCLUSIVE.....ALL MEALS INCLUDED. An all-inclusive plan refers to, in addition to provide lodging, also a wide range of other amenities such as unlimited food, beverages, daily and nightly entertainment non motorized sports, activities. All taxes and gratuities are included in the rate too!

Our school visit will be in May Pen, Jamaica visiting an amazing K-6th grade school on Monday, February 17th.

This trip is open to EVERYONE. Although this was a trip originally offered to Alumni, we have opened a bunch of spots for non-alumni that want to learn about our regular trips from our Alumni as well as experience the Jamaica School System and PD from Jill Shafer! These spots are very Limited. Book Now, before sold out!

Your Amazing Trip Leaders:


Jill Shafer @hello_fifth

The Lettered Classroom

Bridget Spackman @theletteredclassroom and YouTube


Taina Benitez, BBT Director

What's Included In The Price

Please visit our FAQ page for additional information!


  • 8+ hours Professional Development in Jamaican Schools and PD
  • Hang out with Jill, Bridget and Taina the entire four days!
  • Unlimited Meals
  • Unlimited (non-alcoholic) drinks
  • Jamaica School Visit
  • Transportation to/from School
  • Beach Front All Inclusive Resort
  • Daily and Nightly Entertainment at Resort
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Background check
  • Welcome Dinner with Jamaican Teachers
  • Workshop with Jill Shafer (PD Credit Given)


Please note that itineraries and schools are subject to change because of school events, school leadership changes, etc.... We will keep you updated when there is a change.

Arrive in Montego Bay Airport (MBJ) : Fun and Relaxation

  • Meet Jill Shafer and Bridget Spackman!
  • Welcome Reception
  • We will have sooo many activities to do at resort, all included. Or just sit and relax by the beach.

day 1

Fun and Relaxation : Welcome Dinner : PD

  • We will have sooo many activities to do at resort, all included. Or just sit and relax by the beach.
  • Welcome Dinner in evening with our Jamaican Teachers and the School Principal.
  • Workshop with Jill Shafer, Hello_Fifth, both BBT alumni and Jamaican Teachers will be in attendance.

day 2

Visit School

We will be chartered to and from our school. It is approx. 90 minutes from our resort.

day 3

Return Home

day 4