We live in the village of Vidon, on the island of Marie-Galante. We live together as a group in a community center the overlooks the sea. There are bathrooms and showers, kitchen facilities, and a bunk bed awaiting each person.
Our project work begins after breakfast and is done each day by early to mid-afternoon. You typically get to choose between a few different worksites four days per week, and another day is your “homebase day.” Homebase includes a crew of a few participants and a leader, and the group makes breakfast, runs errands and buys food at local markets for the next meals, does laundry, helps our dinner cook, and gets to enjoy a “day in the life.”
Afternoons after work are for cultural activities and nearby outings. There is time to play games with local kids, practice French with friends in the neighborhood, go to the beach, take island hikes, and sometimes just have a bit of downtime before dinner. Weekends and a few other days are set aside for travel and excursions during the first session. The second, shorter session includes some of the same highlights, but condensed into afternoons and one full-day excursion.
Dinners are prepared by a local cook, and include a blend of delicious local and American cuisine. There always are vegetarian and meat options available, and healthy snacks throughout the day. A few times a week, we have meetings in the evening to talk through the volunteer and cultural experience.
VISIONS is not a teen tour with a day-to-day travel itinerary. Instead we live in a home that is part of the neighborhood, and we are part of daily life. From our homebase, we take afternoon excursions and also some full-day travel events. The itineraries show some of the highlights of our time in Guadeloupe.