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Bonjour! Our Global Works Trip Leader greets us in the Fort de France airport on arrival in Martinique. We transfer by private bus across the island to Tartane, settle in to our hotel, then gather for welcome and orientation activities. Dinner out in town marks the end of our first day.
Following a good night’s rest, we head to the bustling morning market in Fort de France for a scavenger hunt! Learn about local goods and perhaps practice French with the local vendors as they sell spices, jams, fruit, and colorful fabrics. Have you tried fresh mango? Next, we take a walking tour of Fort de France to learn about the history of the capital city. In the afternoon and the following day, we continue our introduction to the history of Martinique. Visits include the Savane des Esclaves or Empress Josephine’s Birthplace to learn about Martinique’s colonial past, and the Banana Museum or Cane Sugar Factory to understand these important island exports. Our Global Works leader leads discussions and group reflections to help us reflect on what we’ve learned.
The next few days feature exchange activities and community service projects. We organize and run an activity day at a local elementary school and hold round-robin discussions with high school students. The students are so excited to meet us! We learn French (and perhaps even Creole) as we help to teach English through games, songs, and activities. We also volunteer with an eco-education association, a non-profit which teaches school children about ocean conservation and protection. We help run programs at schools, planting native plant gardens or building benches out of resourced materials.
After our projects are done each day, we learn to dance Bèlè or unwind with swimming time at one of the island’s beautiful beaches!
Traverse the island to the town of Trois-Ilets, where we take a unique kayaking trip through a submerged Mangrove forest. Along the way, our guide points out mangrove trees, crabs, and lizards. (Alternative adventure activities available on request.) Later, we watch a pottery demonstration by a local
artist in Village de la Potterie. Top off the afternoon with snorkeling in the quiet black-sand cove of Anse d’Arlet!
On our final full day in this beautiful place, we take an excursion to explore Mt. Pelée, the infamous volcano in the tropical north end of the island. We take a guided hike/swim through a stunning river gorge to take a dip in a waterfall. This is often a highlight of the trip! In the town of St. Pierre, we
visit the ruins of the former capital and learn the story of the 1902 eruption. We end the day enjoying some final beach time and a celebratory dinner.
It’s time to pack our bags and return to the airport for our flight home. It may be the end of a trip, but it’s the beginning of a new awareness about ourselves and French Caribbean culture.
Want to up the adventure? Select from the following activities to increase the adrenaline! Additional fees apply.
- Surfing Lesson with professional instructors (1 Hour)
- High Ropes Course (2 Hours)
- Canyoning Adventure (2 Hours)
- Catamaran/Dolphin Watch Excursion (1/2 Day)