The French Caribbean is not just beautiful. Its status as part of Europe gives it the wealth of France while retaining its Caribbean culture. Guadeloupe’s history in particular – which includes an early abolition of slavery in the late 1700s – has remained relatively authentic. It is neither overly Europeanized nor unduly dominated by tourism. Our hosts will therefore be able to provide ambassadors with insights into a remarkable past, as well as a unique appreciation for the continued relevance thereof.
Host Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Guadeloupe.
Live With a Local
- Because of its particular history, despite being administered by Paris, Guadeloupe has preserved and celebrated its cultural and natural resources well, compared to elsewhere in the region. Whether with regard to creole cuisine, traditional music and dance, local language, cultural events, historical sites, or the innumerable natural resources, ambassadors and their host families have countless experiences to choose from – in addition to the cultural delights already included in the group’s daily itinerary.
- For much of its history, the population of Guadeloupe resisted oppression through covert cultural practices. The local language of Creole (Kreyol), outlawed or heavily stigmatized for most of its history, is foremost among them.
- Likewise, Gwo-ka music in its various forms – recognized since 2014 as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – played a distinct role in defining local identity during and after slavery. Certain musical events, such as the late night Lewoz are still practiced as insider events today.
- Through their local hosts, however, ambassadors may access some of this heritage, unavailable to them by other means, like for example the "Grap a Kongo" ceremony, a local celebration of the Day of the Dead.
- Guadeloupe is home to numerous natural gems, in part because it consists of two distinct islands: (a) Grande-Terre, flat with white sand beaches, rolling hills, and coral reefs offshore, and (b) Basse Terre, higher altitudes with a rain forest, hot and cold springs, an active volcano, and a plethora of secluded beaches ranging from light to pitch black in color.
- Guadeloupe has diverse micro-climates and a dozen or so offshore islands, ranging from uninhabitable rocks to full-fledged agricultural communities such as Marie Galante.
It was a very good experience for us. All the members were very welcoming. Our host family became a real family for us because we are still in contact with them. - Previous Ambassador
Discover the Slave Trade History in Post-Colonial Guadeloupe
9 Days / 8 Nights Program and Itinerary:
October 26, 2018 – November 3, 2018
Coordinator: Paul P. Meyjes
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Meet with host families.
Day with the hosts.
Day trip/cruise to Marie-Galante.
Take a guided tour of the island.
Day trip to Grande-Terre
Guided tour of the historical town of Petit-Canal: Old Slaves Market, Old Dungeon, and the Liberation Remembrance Stone
Guided tour of the old sugar factory Beauport in Port-Louis
Meal/Picnic at the beach in Port-Louis
Day trip to Basse-Terre.
Guided tour of the Fort Louis Delgrès in Basse-Terre.
Guided tour of the Bologne colonial dwelling in Baillif, with lunch in an old sugar factory in Saint-Claude.
Guided tour of the historical site of Anglemont.
Visit the famous Memorial Acte museum in Pointe-a-Pitre.
Meal/picnic at the beach in Sainte-Anne.
Day with the hosts.
Grap à Kongo ceremony in Cambrefort Capesterre Belle-Eau – a local celebration of the Day of the Dead
Morning with your host.
$807 USDPrice Includes: All meals as per our day-to-day program, Welcome & Farewell party, boat trip to the island of Marie-Galante, entry fees to all monuments and museums mentioned in the program, and explanations from professional guides in French, with the assistance of an English translator.
Know before you go
- In Guadeloupe, the climate is tropical, with a hot, humid, and rainy season from mid-June to mid-November.
- Depending on the area you will be visiting, the weather can get a little wet, so you'll want to pack a rain jacket, poncho, or umbrella.
- Hiking boots will be handy if you plan to visit the rainforest or hike to the top of the volcano.
- Guadeloupe is part of Europe and the currency is the Euro.
- All guided tours will be organized by historians and/or researchers in French with simultaneous translation into English.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.