About

This program and the nature of its activities will give students an opportunity to explore one of the most unique island groups in the Caribbean. The mountainous topography of the Windward Islands tells the story of their volcanic origin.  The beaches, rainforests, national parks, marine sanctuaries, plantations, and culturally rich villages tell the story of their biological and cultural history. The beauty and nature of St. Lucia and Grenada and its people will be the setting for the development of each student’s unique leadership potential.

During this program, students will not only observe and learn from the outdoor guides and leaders who work with our group, but they will also develop and grow as leaders themselves.  Students will participate in leadership, teambuilding, and community building activities which will emphasize learning to appreciate diversity, gaining cultural competency, and becoming global citizens. This abroad is designed to create the atmosphere and sense of community within our own group that is crucial to any outdoor group that is traveling and working together. Students will also practice group facilitation, processing, and debriefing as ways of creating highly effective teams that can travel and live together harmoniously. The activities we do will build trust and communication skills which are applicable in every aspect of our lives. We will take advantage of all of the wonderful outdoor activities, the unique ecosystems of the land and sea, and diverse cultural activities as we build our skills.

Participants can expect to go hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, zip-lining, jungle biking, swimming with sea turtles, searching for the endangered St. Lucian Parrot, explore cultural heritage sites, and play a pick-up soccer game with the locals.  Under the umbrella of service-learning, we will work with children at a local school, help teach local children to swim, and plant mangrove seedlings!

Academics

Fall Semester 2017

SPST 280: Orientation: St Lucia & Grenada

SH: 1 Attribute: none

This course is designed to give the students the opportunity to prepare academically, culturally, and logistically for the upcoming abroad to St. Lucia. Taught on-campus fall semester 2017.

Winter Break 2017/2018

EDUC 235: Outdoor Leadership: St Lucia & Grenada

SH: 3 Attribute: NONE

Exploration of outdoor education in an experiential and hands-on way with an emphasis on the application of its related theories, skills, and methods. Emphasis on experiential, environmental and adventure education.

Spring Semester 2018

SPST 281: Reentry Seminar: St. Lucia & Grenada

SH: 1 Attribute: none

Taught on campus spring semester, 2018, this required reentry seminar is an opportunity for students to internalize, integrate, and formulate the personal and academic learning gained from their study in St Lucia. Through reflection, writing assignments, and the creation of a documentary presentation for the college community, students will interpret and articulate their growth and experiences.