Reckonings and Risings


Duration 9 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Legacies of History
Cultural Immersion & Conservation


Reckonings and Risings: The History of Colonialism in Guadeloupe


Guadeloupe, a beautiful French territory in the Caribbean, has a rich yet troubled history of slavery and colonialism, shaping its complex socio-economic landscape today. Despite being a part of France, there's ongoing debate over autonomy and fairness, with periods of protests reflecting tensions. Through cultural and linguistic immersion, this program delves into Guadeloupe's intricate story, uncovering layers of historical and political themes alongside local perspectives.

“The Caribbean sun kisses sandy shores and lush rainforests. “


“An archipelago where French and Creole cultures blend, creating a vibrant tapestry of flavors and traditions.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Upon their arrival in Pointe-à-Pitre, the group is met by Envoys leaders. We take a forty minute journey to our accommodations in Le Moule. We have lunch and conduct a lenses of inquiry activity. After exploring the town, we have a celebratory dinner of local specialities near the shore.

Day 2

We explore Sainte-Anne's farmers' market, where students interview vendors and shop for our cooking class. After preparing and enjoying a traditional meal together, we visit Geograines, a local artisan's studio for a crafting workshop. Later, we go to Plage du Bourg for swimming, soccer, and dinner.

Day 3

We visit a local school. Then, we have lunch in town and journey slightly out of town to visit the Maison Coloniale de Zévallos and the Sucrerie Gardel, the last active sugar refinery on the island. We drive up to Pointe de la Grande Vigie for sunset and a picnic dinner to wrap up the day.

Day 4

We go to Pointe-à-Pitre to visit the ACTe Memorial, dedicated to the history of the Caribbean slave trade. After lunch, we enjoy a Two Ka music dance class. Then, we tour the Plantation Grand Café banana plantation and stop at the women-owned Maison de la Kassaverie, before arriving in Bouillante.

Day 5

Following a light breakfast, we head to Plage de Malendure for a snorkeling adventure in the Jacques Cousteau reserve. After lunch and a break at the hotel, we enjoy a chocolate-making workshop. On our way back to Bouillante, we visit a vanilla garden before dinner and rest.

Day 6

We travel early to Deshaies, a historic fishing village on Basse-Terre's northwest coast. Exploring landmarks like the Church of Saint-Pierre and Fort Royal, we conduct empathic interviews and visit the bustling waterfront. Back in Basse-Terre, we reflect, dine, and rest for the evening.

Day 7

The group embarks early on a hike up La Grande Soufrière, the towering volcano adjacent to Basse-Terre. We trek through the national park, stopping for a picnic amidst breathtaking views and hot springs. After a day of exploration, we return to Basse-Terre for relaxation and dinner.

Day 8

We explore Fort Delgrès, named after Louis Delgrès, who led a rebellion against slavery. Following lunch by the shore, we journey to Habitation La Grivelière, a historic coffee plantation with insights into coffee production and slavery history. Back in Bouillante, we enjoy dinner and live music.

Day 9

On our final day, we return to Pointe-à-Pitre, settling into our hotel and visiting Place de la Victoire for our closing ceremony, marking the end of our journey. After bidding farewell to the Envoys leaders, students head to the airport for their flights home.

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Lenses of Inquiry


Legacies of History

Guadeloupe's history is deeply intertwined with slave trade. Despite abolition in 1848, the impact endures in societal structures. Students explore this history, learning about emancipation and ongoing struggles for equality. They gain insight into the global ramifications of the slave trade.


Cultural Immersion

Students explore Guadeloupe's rich and diverse culture through music, cuisine, and festivals. Visit museums and landmarks and immerse in the vibrant Creole culture, connecting with locals. Enhance French language skills and cross-cultural communication.


Environmental Conservation

Guadeloupe boasts diverse ecosystems like coral reefs and mangroves, yet faces threats like habitat loss and pollution. Students learn about efforts to promote sustainability in agriculture, fishing, and tourism, witnessing the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change.


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