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Aruba joined Quota International’s network in 1987.
Aruba is the home of Quota International of Aruba.


Bon Bini! That means “Welcome!” in Papiemento, the native Aruban tongue made up of Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and English that has blended together over the centuries.

Aruba is a small island off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea that is famous for its warm temperatures, sandy beaches, and unique scenery. The constant trade winds make the climate idyllic and force the native divi-divi trees into their charmingly stooped shapes.


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The island is named for its first inhabitants, the Arubaes, an Arawak tribe that migrated from South America. In 1499, Alonso De Ojeda claimed the island for the Spanish crown. But the Spanish weren’t too interested in Aruba, so they enslaved the people and sent them to work in copper mines in Hispaniola. In 1636, the Dutch took over Aruba after defeating Spain in the Eighty Years’ War, and Aruba became a colony of the Netherlands Antilles. It remained one of six islands in the Antilles until January 1, 1986, when Aruba became a separate entity within the kingdom of the Netherlands, which includes Holland, the Netherlands Antilles, and, now, Aruba.

Because of Aruba’s rich cultural heritage, English, Spanish, and Dutch are all spoken on the island. Dutch is the official language, but the natives also speak Papiamento. Tourism makes up the largest portion of Aruba’s economy. Visitors flock to the island to sunbathe on its beautiful beaches, windsurf in the consistent trade winds, and dive and snorkel on the reef that parallels the coast. Shopping and museums abound in the capital city of Oranjestad. And hikers enjoy the Natural Bridge and Arikok National Park. It’s really a vacationer’s paradise—and a lovely place for Quotarians to continue their good works, helping those in need.

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