The ultimate Caribbean adventure - play beach soccer with locals, learn about St. Lucia's unique history and culture. Enjoy a unique rainforest bike adventure, and explore a working cocoa plantation. Learn to speak St. Lucia's native language of Kwéyòl.
St. Lucia is the a perfect vacation destination - a stunning natural landscape of palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains are the setting for breathtaking views, friendly locals and rich culture that will impress even the most seasoned traveler. St. Lucia seems like an island plucked from the South Pacific and set down in the Caribbean, with the Pitons soaring dramatically 2,000 feet up from the sea and sheltering magnificent rainforests where wild orchids, giant ferns and birds of paradise flourish. The rainforest is broken only by verdant fields and orchards of banana, coconut, mango and papaya trees.
You’ll experience all the island has to offer including learning about the island’s pre-colonial history, exploring the local rainforest on a guided bike tour, visiting a cocoa plantation and learning how to make chocolate and learning to speak the local language known as Kwéyòl.
Despite its appearance as a tropical paradise, life isn’t easy for everyone on the island. Unemployment is high and young people in low income areas face challenges like lack of education, drug and alcohol dependency and gang culture. You’ll join a local NGO which uses soccer - a hugely popular sport in St. Lucia - as a hook to provide opportunities for education and employment.
DAY 1: Depart for St. Lucia. Arrival at Hewanorra International Airport. Transfer to accommodations, check in at hotel. Introduction to your Local Host and meet the staff.
DAY 2: Interactive Educational ‘Child Safeguarding’ session with local participants and youth. Soccer training session. Cassava preparation & tasting tour of St. Lucia's local fruits. the third half curriculum workshop #1 - Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals.
DAY 3: Interactive Educational ‘Conflict Resolution’ session with local participants and youth. the third half curriculum workshop #2 - Conscious Leadership.
DAY 4: Guided rainforest cycling adventure tour. ‘Helen of the West Indies’ History & Museum Tour. Friendly soccer match against a local team on the beach.
DAY 5: Interactive Educational ‘Beyond Us’ session with local participants and youth. Soccer training session. Parlay Kweyol – learn to speak the Language of Saint Lucia.
DAY 6: Interactive Educational ‘Girls Rule’ session with local participants and youth. Hiking tour of St Lucia’s historical nature trails. Soccer training session.
DAY 7: Friendly soccer match against a local team. Free time on the beach and barbecue. the third half curriculum workshop #3 - Sustainable Development Goal #4 - Education.
DAY 8: Sacred Sports Foundation soccer festival. Free time on the beach and barbeque / reflection time.
DAY 9: ‘Bean-to-Bar’ Cocoa Plantation Tour. Sacred Sports Foundation soccer festival. Farewell with Sacred Sport Staff.
DAY 10: Depart St. Lucia. Arrive home.
Your trip will be hosted by the respected non-profit organization Sacred Sports Foundation. Their mission is to assist disadvantaged communities through socially-inclusive sports development programmes for young people aged 6-25 in low-income areas. You’ll help Sacred Sports Foundation as they deliver educational programming focusing on communication, conflict management, gender awareness and health. Thanks to your visit, Sacred Sports Foundation will be able to achieve goals like; Employ four unemployed youth coaches to work with our after school programme for three months Use and maintain a soccer field within a community for a whole year Change the lives of 15 disadvantaged local teenage kids by delivering child safeguarding certification, life skills training and leadership mentoring for an entire year.