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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! 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, then visit the Sugar Cane Museum or the Savane des Esclaves to learn about Martinique’s history and colonial past.
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!
It’s time to meet our homestay families! We spend 4 nights with local families, practicing our French and sharing our cultures. During the days, we come
together as a group for service projects, exchange activities, and cultural visits. We return to our host families in the late afternoon.
We organize and run activity days at local elementary schools 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. In the past, the local students have presented local fruits, jams, juices, baked treats for our groups, and even preformed a class play!
We also volunteer with an eco-education association, a non-profit which teaches school children about environmental conservation and protection. We help run programs at schools, planting native plant gardens or building benches out of resourced materials.
It’s not all work and no play; after our projects are done each day, we continue with a cultural activity, such as a visit to Empress Josephine’s birthplace or the botanic gardens, and have time to unwind and explore the beautiful local beaches.
It’s time to say goodbye to our homestay families, and travel accross the island to the town of Tartane. 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 and learn the story of the 1902 eruption. We also visit the Banana Museum and learn to dance bèlè; a cultural tradition! (Adventure activities optional for additional fee: river canyoning or surf lesson. Coordinator to determine if addon(s) will be offered.) We end our trip 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. Au’revoir, Martinique!
- Surfing Lesson with professional instructors (1 Hour)
- High Ropes Course (2 Hours)
- Canyoning Adventure (2 Hours)
- Catamaran/Dolphin Watch Excursion (1/2 Day)