Voluntary work in Guadeloupe
Information & guidance about volunteering projects in Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is a small French territory with just over 400,000 diverse inhabitants – most Guadeloupeans hailing from a mix of African, European, Asian, and indigenous ancestry – that live on the over a dozen on sunsoaked islands. Its two main islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, constitute the majority of Guadeloupe’s land area, finely connected by a few rope bridges and a swamp. Grande-Terre, the eastern island offers a string of beach towns and glorious white stretches of sand to soak up the sun. Mountainous Basse-Terre, the western island, offers adventure in the lush Parc National de la Guadeloupe, spectacular waterfalls and the impressive La Soufrière volcano.
Where to volunteer in Guadeloupe
Pointe-à-Pitre is the main town on Grande-Terre and, due to its central location between Guadeloupe’s two biggest islands, is perceived as the capital city of the nation due to being a major economic and transportation hub. A population of roughly 170,000 inhabitants makes Pointe-à-Pitre Guadeloupe’s largest city and home to nearly half of the overall population, and the most popular location for voluntary work in Guadeloupe.
There are a variety of smaller cities located throughout the islands where you can also look for voluntary work in Guadeloupe. Saint-Anne is an especially popular destination; located on the southern shoreline of Grande-Terre island with a population of just over 20,000 locals, Saint-Anne is fast becoming one of the more popular travel destinations for volunteers in Guadeloupe.
Volunteering projects in Guadeloupe
As a French territory, the nation has enjoyed a stable path to development – however, there are still communities that can benefit from the help of voluntary work in Guadeloupe. Youth sectors and community development are popular areas to volunteer in, to provide the populations in both rural and urban populations that can go overlooked.
As a place of natural beauty, it is no surprise that many opportunities for voluntary work in Guadeloupe are within the fields of conservation and water and wildlife surveying. As a conservation volunteer, you will have the chance to be working amongst the island’s stunning scenery daily, and get up close to the amazing species that inhabit the land.
Voluntary work in Guadeloupe can last from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the placement and the time the volunteer has to commit to the project. As a French speaking nation, volunteering in Guadeloupe will also volunteers to practice their language ability and come home with new skills!