Guadeloupe: French Caribbean Adventure

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

Highlights

  • Improve your French through language classes and local immersion
  • Practice communicating in French daily with native speakers
  • Support Guadeloupe's local communities and precious ecosystem with environmental and educational service projects
  • Teach English to children through a language exchange program
  • Snorkel off the island’s coast
  • Shop for handicrafts at a local market

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 on ecological-related service projects that play an important role in preserving the area’s natural heritage. Consider how global changes are affecting local communities, and how best to communicate and inform people about them, even when there’s a language barrier. Finally, you'll get the opportunity to teach English to 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 a waterfall and snorkel off the island’s coast. Participate in a traditional music workshop, experiencing the Afro-Caribbean beats that give Guadeloupe its special character.

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

French Caribbean Adventure
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio:
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours:
Language Hours: N/A
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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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