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The Grenadines

Friendship, leadership, fun, and sun.

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The Caribbean islands are breathtaking.

White sand beaches, crystal clear blue water, coral reefs teeming with aquatic life, spectacular natural blowholes, mountaintop views, all framed by idyllic sunrises and sunsets. In this stunning island setting, Global Routes will engage in hands-on service learning projects to promote cross-cultural communication and exchange. Guided by experienced trip leaders, our students will take the time to get to know the people of the islands and then, after learning a bit about island culture, they will design and create two five-day summer camps for local children. These “Windsor Mountain-style” friendship camps are the core of The Grenadines program and will be your main vehicle for interconnection and cultural exchange.

Who Should Participate?

This program is designed for Windsor Mountain alumni students interested in traveling to share in cross-cultural experiences, community service learning, and continued leadership development. We are looking for students who are interested in working with younger children and who are eager to teach and share new sports, games, theater, dance, arts, crafts, music and other creative activities. Students who have had some leadership experience in their school, community, or summer camp will excel on this program.

Highlights

Discover, explore, and enhance leadership and teaching skills by creating and leading a two-week Windsor Mountain-style friendship camp for the island kids.

Get a taste of ‘real Caribbean life’ by spending two weeks in a small and authentic Caribbean community.

Work with Peace Corps volunteers on community service projects.

Swim, snorkel, hike, and explore the natural beauty of the islands.

Sail the classic schooner The Friendship Rose.

Make new friends and have the experience of a lifetime!

The program gave Will a broader perspective, deeper understanding, and profound appreciation for what is important in life. We are grateful to Global Routes for providing such a spectacular opportunity for the group members to become caring global citizens and develop their best selves.
Janice, Parent, Grenadines 2017
The bonds I made while on my trip gave new meaning to what it means to connect with people and really appreciate what it means to be a friend. Global Routes allowed me to realize the importance of human connections and cultural immersion, and I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world.
Colette, St. Vincent 2017
By living in such close quarters and working so closely with his fellow LIAs, they made incredible bonds of friendship between them. Thank you so much for and exposing our kid to the world with such fun, rigor, and thoughtfulness. And for taking such good care of him.
Parent, Grenadines 2016
Despite having gone on this program 6 years ago, it's still something I think about all the time & rave about to friends and family. This program pushed me to become a better leader and a better person. Not only did I make lifelong connections with the people in my group, but I got to experience a way of life I never could have imagined.
Kyla, St. Vincent 2011
Program Details
Dates
July 8th to August 5th, 2018
Starting/Ending Point
Windsor Mountain International Summer Camp, NH
Learning Goals
Camp counseling, cooking, leadership, construction
Service Hours Earned
50-80 hours
Language Requirement
None
Climate
High 90°F, Low 75°F
Group Size
9-18 students, 2-3 U.S. leaders, 2 local community members
Spaces Available
2
Cuisine
Seafood, fresh produce, breadfruit
Program Fee
$5,795 before 5/15. $5,995 after 5/15
Travel expenses to and from Windsor Mountain and then to and from St. Vincent are not included in the tuition. Round-trip airfare from Boston to St. Vincent will be approximately $1,000-1,500. Bus transport to and from Windsor Mountain will be available from the NYC area.
Accommodations
Group homestay, Hotel, Rustic Cabins/Camping

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Your Journey
DAYS 1 - 3: ORIENTATION AT WINDSOR MOUNTAIN SUMMER CAMP

Join in the summer camp fun at Windsor Mountain for the first three days of this program. This is a great opportunity to connect with the Windsor Mountain community while taking the next step in your leadership training journey. Get to know your group, shadow a camp counselor, and begin to prepare for your journey. On day three, pack up and fly all together with your group to Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Once there, you will begin to get to know this unique cluster of islands, with team building and initiative games and then meet with a Peace Corp Volunteer for a brief introduction to the Caribbean- Island Culture 101.

DAYS 4-18: COMMUNITY SERVICE & CULTURAL EXCHANGE, ST. VINCENT

After a few days in Kingstown, your group will travel to the small inland town of Lauders and settle in to life on ‘island time’. While there you will explore the hidden culture of the island by meeting new people, trying new foods, and learning to work efficiently as a group. Activities include swimming, bodysurfing, hiking La Soufriere Volcano, visiting Dark View Falls and the Owia Salt Ponds and finally relaxing at the beach. Based on what you have learned about the island, you will then work together as a team, along with local teens, to design and lead a Friendship Camp for children in the community where you will be living. The activities will range from field games, theater, sports and arts and crafts.

DAYS 19-23: SERVICE AND EXPLORATION

After your incredible experience on St. Vincent, your group will head across the sea to Bequia, a small island just south of St. Vincent. Once there you will join the local school for a day of afterschool activities, volunteer at the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, snorkel, and unwind at the breathtaking Lower Bay Beach. Explore the differences of the two islands, their land, culture, and people.

DAYS 24-28: PROGRAM WRAP UP

Gather your bags and head back through St. Vincent to Windsor Mountain! Enjoy time with your group participating in closure activities, debriefs and reflection on an amazing month in the islands. Share your experiences with the camp community and enjoy being back in New Hampshire.

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