Paradise beaches, French and Creole influences, and fresh tropical fruit are just a few of the many reasons to spend time in Guadeloupe while in high school. Situated in the French West Indies, Guadeloupe is close to famous islands like St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Martin.

Guadeloupe is great for students who are interested in the history of the West Indies, have a passion for oceanography, want to practice their French, and want to participate in community service work.

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If you're interested in doing high school abroad in Guadeloupe, you can choose from:

  • Teen Travel
  • Service Learning
  • Language Immersion
Teen Travel

Spend 12, 17, or 21 days on a voyage at sea. Students can choose from pursuing diving, SCUBA, conservation, or yachting certifications with this program. While aboard a yacht, students will get the chance to see St. Martin, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadine, and the US Virgin Islands. Participants with advanced experience can even earn emergency response credentials.

Service Learning

Enroll in a service learning volunteer opportunity that lasts from 1-4 weeks, depending on the project. Students can choose from teaching English to kids at Centre de Loiser, helping to build parks, or working on other environmental initiatives. You'll also be able to explore and learn about the history of the sugar mills while taking in the scenic beachfront views.

Language Immersion

Students with at least one year of French instruction can enroll in a 3 week long intensive language program over the summer in Guadeloupe. Take classes at a local school and put your language skills to the test in real world scenarios in your community, while on excursions and participating in community service opportunities.

Popular Cities
  • Marie-Galente: known for its beautiful beach views and ocean adventure activities
  • Basse Terre: museums, cathedrals, and great hiking
  • Pointe-à-Pitre: largest city in Guadeloupe, filled with markets, live jazz, and beaches
  • Les Abymes: famous for historical war memorials and monuments

American citizens may enter and stay in Guadeloupe for up to 90 days without the need to acquire a visa. Because programs are generally a month or less, students do not need to worry about visas.


During their time in Guadeloupe, students will be placed in dorms and volunteer houses with other program participants.


Because Guadeloupe is French territory, it uses the Euro. A typical lunch ranges from 6-13 Euros, and dinner usually costs between 10-20 Euros.

Programs range from one week to one month and cost between $2,950 and $5,750. Some meals are included in the overall program costs, but students should plan to bring spending money to purchase food and souvenirs at local markets.

Packing Tips

The wettest months in Guadeloupe are between July and November, when it on average rains 14 days a month. The rest of the year is pretty hot and dry for the most part though. Because of its tropical temperature, we recommend packing the following:

  • Sandals and reliable sneakers
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Breathable horts and shirts
  • Light sweater for nighttime
  • Rain jacket
  • Type C, D, or E power socket


Prior to entering Guadeloupe, it is recommended that travelers get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B, Influenza, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Cholera, and Rabies. Dengue fever is also an issue in Guadeloupe, as travelers should avoid areas with standing water.


Like many other countries around the world, the only real safety issue in Guadeloupe is petty theft and pickpocketing in touristy areas. Travelers should take typical safety precautions, such as wearing money belts and making copies of important documents to be safe.

Contributed by Danielle Ortiz-Geis


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