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Overview

Experience the vibrant French Caribbean Creole culture, language and way of life on an island paradise.

Welcome to a unique slice of France nestled in the heart of the Caribbean French West Indies. Here you'll dive right into Creole-inspired language activities while exploring the charm, color and community of this off-the-beaten-path destination. From tropical rainforests and pristine beaches to city markets and remote island plantations, this butterfly-shaped island has it all. Hike volcanic peaks. Kayak through crystal clear waters. Eat authentic French and Creole inspired food during a homestay. Surf. Explore. Live local. Now that's how you learn French. The true measure of this trip won't only be the dramatic improvement in your French speaking skills or the college credits you earned. It'll be measured by the friendships you made, the memories you helped create and the lives of Guadeloupians you touched.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 19 - July 7 HS19 days$4,980Open
July 11 - July 29 HS19 days$4,980Open
Earn & Learn
West Indies French & Culture Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

West Indies French & Culture offers 3 French language college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 15 hours of documented community service.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • 1 year high school French
ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT
Course Description

This French language course is designed so students with varying levels of French proficiency will improve their level of comprehension and speaking as they gain an appreciation of the culture of the French West Indies, particularly Guadeloupe. In addition to formal language instruction, students will experience different aspects of the French West Indies culture through history lessons, various cultural workshops, an oral history project, a 6-night homestay with local families in the town of Sainte-Anne, and participating in community service work with local youth.

Course Objectives
  • The main objective of course is for students to improve their French listening, reading, writing and speaking skills through formal and experiential learning
  • The course is designed for students with varying levels of French language experience and proficiency; the specific objectives for each language level are different
  • Grammar, vocabulary and cultural topics will be covered through written and oral assignments and discussions
  • Exposure to French Creole culture will be developed through discussions, workshops, lectures, home stays and cultural exchange activities
  • Social interaction in French and use of the language for completion of daily tasks will be fostered during the student’s home stays
COMMUNITY SERVICE

Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. On this program, work with a community-run ecological organization that initiates community action projects to protect Guadeloupe’s unique environment. You will also work with a local school for language lessons and exchange activities. The service projects on this program offer cross-cultural learning and exchange opportunities to become engaged with members of the community in a communicative and meaningful way.

  • Cultural exchange with local students
  • Partner with a local organization for a hike and beach cleanup
  • Volunteering with an ecological organization on their local community action projects

15 Service Hours

3 College Credits

West Indies French & Culture Itinerary

Itinerary

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An overseas territory of France, Guadeloupe offers French learners something different ‘ a unique tropical landscape and a mixed Francophone heritage with just a hint of Creole. Guadeloupe is comprised of two islands; Basse-Terre and Grand-Terre — Basse-Terre boasts towering volcanoes and lush tropical forests, and Grande-Terre showcases white sandy beaches and thriving coral reefs. Basse-Terre is your jumping off point for a French language adventure that will ultimately lead to greater proficiency in French and a deeper appreciation of French Creole culture. Jump right in with a hiking excursion through Guadeloupe’s spectacular jungle terrain and kayak to a campsite on a tiny palm-fringed island. The history of the French West Indies comes alive as you chat with local guides about your new surroundings. As the evening sets in, prepare for the next phase of your learning adventure. Allons-y!

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Move from rural Basse-Terre to the cultural hub of Sainte Anne, where you are enticed by beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees and quaint villages. In this relaxed environment, begin interactive French language studies at a beachside community language school. Mornings are spent practicing and conversing with experienced language instructors in small study groups. In the afternoons, take your skills out into the community to converse in real-world settings and soak up the festive island atmosphere. Visit vibrant local markets where women dressed in colorful Creole attire sell everything from fresh mangoes and papayas to local Caribbean crafts. Participate in drumming, traditional art and cooking workshops, and learn the history of the Creole culture through hands-on experiences. Before beginning your exciting homestay, relish the opportunity to try your hand at surfing the turquoise blue water off the shores of St. François. Your experienced French surfing instructors teach the art of catching the perfect wave and introduce you to the culture of this laid-back fishing village, en Français. It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate and prepare for the rest of the journey ahead!

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Your language exploration continues in the small, coastal town of Le Moule. Live like the locals as you engage in community activities, spend an afternoon at the beach going for a hike and taking part in a beach clean up, participate in an African dance workshop (Gwo Ka) and join in a friendly volleyball match with a local sports organization. An oral history project provides you with the opportunity to converse in-depth with the people you meet as you attempt to answer the question “What does it mean to be French-Caribbean and how does this differ from France?” On this community-focused segment, delve into the local life, practice your French conversation skills and connect cultural concepts to Guadeloupe’s diverse cultural heritage.

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The final leg of your journey is spent on the small island of Marie Galante. Missed by most tourists, this remote Caribbean island provide the perfect spot to relax and celebrate the end of our travels. Hike rocky shorelines to see natural bridges, snorkel in crystal waters, stroll to stone fortresses, taste sugar cane and sail the ocean waves. It’s your last opportunity to benefit from this vibrant island culture, and you’ll spend your last days soaking it all in. As you gear up to head home and part ways with your new friends, it’s not adieu, but à bientôt!

high school summer study abroad program in French West Indies
  • Trip Highlights

  • Learn French through cultural community interactions
  • Live with local families during a 6-night homestay experience
  • Study at a language school just steps from the beach
  • Participate in cultural workshops and activities
  • Wander through colorful markets and relax on pristine beaches
  • Learn to surf, hike and sea kayak
West Indies French & Culture Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Denise Ratcliffe from Wayne, NJ

Broadreach’s attention to every detail of the planning and the trip itself gave me the confidence to put my 15-year old daughter on a plane by herself at JFK, knowing she would have the experience of a lifetime…and she did! Her confidence in travel, her cultural awareness and her connection to her host family and friends…. all remarkable gifts from this trip! Thank you.

Lynda Foresman from Arroyo Grande, CA

My son left a little nervous about traveling alone (to get there) and came back a confident man, unafraid of any new adventure, raving about how AMAZING the trip was in all regards, but most importantly the friends he made that he knows will be for life. His French is improved dramatically, and his confidence in speaking it is as well.

Katherine Hunsaker from Dallas, TX

I absolutely loved this trip. The country of Guadeloupe is so gorgeous and the food is beyond incredible. If you’re hesitant to go on this trip, I promise you it will be the time of your life. All of the people on my trip, including the staff were super cool and friendly. And the itinerary is to die for- classes by the beach, cooking workshops, snorkeling in the Caribbean, and sunsets on the boat. There is truly no better way to spend a vacation. I definitely recommend doing this trip.

Laura Lee from Winnetka, IL

Our daughter had an amazing experience! Everything went so smoothly and was very organized. The leaders were fantastic! She loved learning about a new culture and having so many new adventures. She made several friends for life. Her French totally improved and she didn’t want to come home! We couldn’t have been happier with her experience!

Sophie Rodosky from Pittsburgh, PA

My favorite places on this trip were the Basse Terre, the surf camp, and beach in St. Francoise, the beach in Ste. Anne, and The Saintes. My favorite activities and experiences were exploring waterfalls in the rainforest of Basse Terre, the cultural workshops (especially the chocolate and coconut one!), surfing, kayaking, camping on an island, sailing and living on the boat. I improved my French a lot while I was here and I learned a ton about Guadeloupean cooking, dancing, and other cultural activities. The experience was unbelievably worthwhile and I know that I will remember it for the rest of my life. I saw and did things that were so cool, fun, and beautiful that I almost didn’t believe they were real. It was incredible. I made really good friends with all of the other people in my group and I am confident we will stay in touch and remain friends in the future. This experience gave me a new perspective on life and taught me to enjoy every minute and to keep an open mind.

Ana Stolle from Providence, RI

My favorite places where were the forests, the beaches, and Ile des Saints. I loved the dancing, the French, the bowl making, swimming, and generally being with everyone. I learned a lot of French. Absolutely memorable and worthwhile because I was constantly happy here. Yes, I really liked everyone on the trip. I’m glad it was a small group so cliques didn’t form and you can get to know everyone.

Autumn Herndon from Halfmoon, NY

This trip has opened up my world in a way that only Broadreach ever could. I’m a full scholarship student and before this trip, I’d never really traveled anywhere before. Hiking through tropical rainforests and kayaking through rainforests and to a half-sunken hut restaurant and boating all around islands has given me a level of experience in three weeks that I never could have gotten in any other way. Broadreach has made me adventure hungry and travel ready!

Cat Jennings from Asheville, NC

I loved the surfing resort we stayed at and surfing in general was awesome. I also loved sailing in the Saintes with our skipper and catamaran. Ryan and Steph were hilarious and kept the trip running smoothly despite island time being completely inconsistent. I definitely learned how important it is for everyone on the trip to have a positive attitude. Everywhere we stayed was wonderful, all the food was delicious and all of the people and staff were fantastic. Over this trip I’ve gotten so close to everyone on the trip because it was such a great group of people. I loved it!

Delaney Sondag from Florence, Italy

During these past three weeks in Guadeloupe I have really learned a lot. My French has definitely improved from interacting with locals and going to school during the week. The highlights of this trip were definitely surfing, the homestay, and the four day sailing trip. I really learned a lot about myself, made many new friends and had an experience of a lifetime!

Gertie Van den Goor from Marlette, MI

Seeing how Anne handled every challenge and adventure during this trip, how she took every chance to grow, I think she is more ready to move on to college next year than I am.

Jodi Picoult Van Leer from Hanover, NH

Kyle loved the trip and learned that you can be different from someone and completely enjoy their company. He loved the adventure parts and the interaction with Guadeloupians.

Julianna Lee from Winnetka, IL

Everything about this trip was new to me, so you definitely have to be ready to adjust. My favorite activity was the surfing camp- a little sore after, but so worth it! The academic part of the program is very challenging, so you should be prepared for that as well. The experience was worth it- it went by really quickly. I made new friends and i’m looking forward to keeping in touch with them.

Mary Raring-Hart from Lampasas, TX

The experiences provided by Broadreach had a profound impact on our daughter. They introduced her to a new way of seeing the world and her place in it. Madeleine went on this trip knowing no else and came back with twelve close friends.

Nathaniel Wade Hubbs from Camden, TN

The trip manages to combine the classroom learning experience with amazing adventures in the Caribbean in a way that amazed me. I feel like I had enough experiences for a lifetime! I loved the homestay, classes, surfing, sailing, and especially the people of the group!

Reid G. from Mountain Lakes, NJ

Snorkeling and living on the boat was very fun. Living so close forced communication in French. I learned a great deal about French and the culture of Guadeloupe. Everyone became very close due to the immense amount of activities we did together. It taught me to think in a new and insightful way. One can truly not judge a book by its cover!

Samantha Neville from Tuscon, AZ

I learned about the Guadeloupian culture; the dance (gwoka), the food, the people. I learned important vocabulary words and became more comfortable in the French language. My experience was definitely memorable- being out of your country and experiencing culture is always impressing. Everyone was supportive.

David Gilliam from Danville, PA

The entire trip from the learning of the language to the activities was one big cultural immersion and the food was great. I believe anyone who went on this trip would greatly benefit from it.

Charlotte Savage from Guelph, Ontario

I loved this trip, and it was a pretty good mix of different activities (ie academic immersion, workshops, group activities)- I would say this is a very good place to learn French.

West Indies French & Culture FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What do the academics involve? What if I don’t take the program for credit?
Answer:

Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

Question:
How do college credits work? Where are those credits accepted?
Answer:

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic high school and college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more details, click here.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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