During your time in Matelot, you will engage with Matelot’s primary school around STEM education and joint experiential learning opportunities. One of the issues identified by Matelot school teachers is that their students have few opportunities to experience life and learning beyond Matelot. This program will support their goal of increasing the number of field trips available to their students to hear about and see, first-hand, the ways they can apply their learning to real-life situations and explore career opportunities. The projects you will be involved in are identified by community groups in Matelot. This experience emphasizes human connections across cultures, and this influences what service looks like in Trinidad & Tobago.
Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Sunday, February 24, 2019
*Note: this experience can accommodate up to 16 participants (including team leaders), assuming airline seats are available; however, this may mean additional participants pay an increased fee (based on new flight prices).
At the end of the Alternative Spring Break program, students participating in this experience will be able to:
This experiences does involve hiking and some physical activity. Your team will be exposed to a true local Trinidadian experience. The ideal participant will be interested in education and gender issues, as well as intercultural exchange with local community members. Students looking for a traditional service experience (e.g., teaching, construction) will find this opportunity challenging. The ideal participant is deeply invested in learning about another culture, and understands that service takes many different forms. If you are adaptable to new environments, and can operate on a flexible schedule, this is the experience for you.
Total cost (subject to change) – $3,200 CAD
Note: ASB participants will be responsible for any luggage costs assigned by individual airlines, airport tax, souvenirs, or additional food/snacks during the trip.
Day 1 - You will fly into the Port of Spain Airport and spend the evening in the city exploring delicious street foods, finishing with a visit to a Panyard where you will here the latest sounds of Carnival.
Day 2 – You will travel to Matelot, about 4 hours from Port of Spain, where you will have lunch and dinner with the Dorcas Women’s Group, and tour the community you will call home for the next 5 days.
Day 3-6 – You will spend your mornings working with the local primary school in Matelot, finding creative, fun, and interactive ways to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to the students. Part of the afternoons will be spent supporting community efforts on a landscaping project, in partnership with the local library (built by Western Students in past years). Other afternoons will be infused with local cooking classes, swimming, and cultural head-wrapping demonstrations.
Day 7-8 – You will be transported back to Port of Spain and, on the way, stop at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary where you will get to explore the swamp and see the breathtaking scarlet ibis, Trinidad’s national bird. You will spend the evening in Port of Spain before departing to the airport.
*PLEASE NOTE: this itinerary is draft, and subject to change at any time.
Amizade coordinates appropriate accommodations that reflect the atmosphere of the region. They do this by working closely with the Dorcas Women’s group, local guesthouses, and homestays. All accommodations are vetted by Amizade and are adequately safe and hygienic.
Participants will eat meals prepared by the DORCAS Women's Association in the main guesthouse. Food will be locally-inspired, and include a variety of rice, beans, vegetables, and meats.
All group meals on the program are included, and participants will be responsible for any personal snacks.