Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure

THIS PROGRAM IS NOT OPERATING FOR THE 2021 SEASON. IT IS CURRENTLY PLANNED TO RETURN IN 2022. SEE SESSION DATES FOR 2022 BELOW.

Highlights

Take your language skills to the next level on this French island, known as the “Pearl of the French Caribbean.”
  • Improve your French through language classes and local immersion
  • Serve Guadeloupe’s local communities through community-run development projects
  • Be immersed in the sounds of the Caribbean as you participate in a music workshop
  • Snorkel in deep blue water off the island’s coast
  • Explore the island’s agro-tourism through a visit to a Kassaverie and a banana plantation

On This Program you will...

Explore this French overseas territory that sits pristinely in the Caribbean and is home to diverse communities of European, Asian, African and indigenous descent; explore Creole history and learn about the Caribbean’s role in the slave trade. 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.

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.

Program Type:

Language Immersion

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Put your French skills to the test as you work with and support the local community through meaningful service. You’ll work in conjunction with community leaders to make city beautification projects a reality – painting projects, maintenance, and sprucing up are much-needed in the city’s many outdoor spaces. Through this work you’ll be sure to build cross-cultural relationships and get to know your new home.

Immersive Learning

Improve your French skills through structured practice and local immersion. Dynamic instructors will lead you in lessons designed to develop independence and confidence. You’ll also get to practice speaking and comprehension while interacting with friendly locals. Experience a mix of French culture with a Creole twist and learn about Guadeloupe’s spin on culture and food. Participate in a traditional music workshop, experiencing the Afro-Caribbean beats that give Guadeloupe its special character.

Adventure

Guadeloupe is dotted with old plantations and colonial homes, while local markets burst with color and activity. Hike to a breathtaking waterfall and you’ll be rewarded for your hard work with an opportunity to swim in the natural river pools near the falls. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters off the island’s coast for a front-row seat in the observation of fish and other ocean life. And don’t forget that you’ll be furthering your French immersion each day of your adventure throughout Guadeloupe, as you interact with local speakers in this close-knit Caribbean community.

Lodging

Home Base is located on the island of Basse Terre at a cozy hotel. 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.

Dates & Tuition

Guadeloupe

French Caribbean Adventure

14-Day Program
2022 Dates
 June 7 – June 20, 2022
 
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $4,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 25
Language Hours: 25
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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