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Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure

Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure

Take your language skills to the next level on this French island, known as the “Pearl of the French Caribbean.”

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Highlights

  • Improve your French through language classes and local immersion
  • Practice communicating in French daily with native speakers
  • Volunteer on a marine biology project with the local Aquarium
  • Teach English to children through a language exchange program
  • Zipline through the tropical forest
  • Shop for handicrafts at the local night market

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Overview

Part of the charm of Guadeloupe is that hardly anybody knows about it. Without a large international tourist presence, this French overseas territory sits pristinely in the Caribbean as home to diverse communities of European, Asian, African and indigenous descent. The atmosphere is heartfelt and colorful, with a French passion for cuisine and a Caribbean reverence for the surrounding natural environment. You’ll become a more confident French speaker—the official language here—through language courses and interaction with locals. Be prepared to dance to drum beats and enjoy Creole cooking, yet visit many a local pâtisserie. You are in France, after all!

The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ integrates French language learning into all aspects of the experience, allowing students to take away more of the culture, and also leave more behind. From community service to excursions and cultural events, language is given a new context. French class will never be the same.

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Community Service

With 77% of its territories classified as natural reserves, Guadeloupe is a prime destination for working on initiatives related to environmental sustainability. Work in a community garden that features over two hundred plant species and plays an important role in preserving the area’s natural heritage. This is an important site for community education on different farming methods and how we can sustainably produce food without causing harm to the environment. Help with an ecological project restoring mangroves in damaged areas, and finally, teach at an English camp for Guadeloupean children.

Hands-On Learning

Studying French in Guadeloupe is the perfect way to jumpstart your language ability. Improve your French skills through classroom time and local immersion: In the classroom, dynamic instructors will lead you in a language course designed to develop independence and confidence while communicating in French. You’ll also get to practice speaking and comprehension while interacting with friendly locals during community service. While you’re here, experience a mix of French culture with a Creole twist, and learn about Guadeloupe’s own unique respect for its flora and fauna.

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Adventure

Guadeloupe is dotted with old forts and colonial homes, while local markets burst with color and activity. Enjoy these cultural sites, and then explore the lush tropical forest: Hike to the Le Carbet waterfalls, snorkel off the island’s coast and go ziplining. Take a cooking class and traditional music workshop, experiencing the Afro-Caribbean beats that give Guadeloupe its special character. On our 21-day Flagship Program, visit Habitation La Grivelière, a beautiful coffee plantation, hike the Le Soufrière volcano and spend a day at the beach.

Lodging

Home Base is located in the town of Le Gosier at a cozy hostel. Students will share rooms with roommates and have access to Western-style bathrooms. Meals will be served in a common area and typically consist of meats, rice, vegetables and fruit prepared Creole style.

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Dates & Tuition

Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure 22-Day Program with 8-Day Homestay Extension Flagship
2018 Dates
Jul 7 - Aug 4, 2018
Duration: 29 days
Tuition: $6,998
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 80
Language Hours: 85
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure 22-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jul 7 - Jul 28, 2018
Duration: 22 days
Tuition: $5,599
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 65
Language Hours: 65
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure 15-Day Program with 8-Day Homestay Extension
2018 Dates
Jul 7 - Jul 28, 2018
Duration: 22 days
Tuition: $5,498
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
Language Hours: 65
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure 15-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jul 7 - Jul 21, 2018
Duration: 15 days
Tuition: $4,099
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: 45
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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