Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure


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.


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.


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.

Program Type

Are you passionate about creating community through shared language?
  • Take classes that improve your French, no matter your skill level
  • Use your new language skills to get to know locals in your host community
  • Volunteer on a meaningful service project and practice speaking on the work site
  • Explore the world through a new and exciting lens

Dates & Tuition


French Caribbean Adventure

14-Day Program
2021 Dates
 July 6 – July 19, 2021
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $4,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 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

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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