I just read of a recent development that Guadeloupe will have 3rd & 4th grade students meeting cruises at the cruise terminal to welcome passengers. They will act as ambassadors participating on excursions, sharing their history, culture and geography with visitors. The young students will be those who are studying English and German. This sounds like a win-win situation for everyone. The students get to practice their foreign languages and the passengers get to meet delightful youngsters and learn first hand from them about life in Guadeloupe.
Guadeloupe Students Greet Passengers
This is also a great opportunity to introduce them to the hospitality business. Many of them will end up working in the industry if they remain on-island.
I love this idea.... Why it took so long to get there?
It is a great idea, we had students from grade school come out and do native dances when I stopped at Loreto Mexico on HAL back in 2003.
When we were in Japan on a cruise, very young students came to greet us with their teachers and probably parents. In a couple of other foreign ports, older students performed for us either dancing or in a band performance. In America Samoa, a very large group of students actually came on board and performed a complete show. Passengers packed the theater. It was very moving. HAL donated a large check to the school and the kids all received a complimentary lunch.
Sharing and learning about other cultures is what makes travel fun and interesting.
Thanks everyone for replying. I enjoyed reading your comments. Gloria
As we are looking into excursions for our SoPac cruise this fall, we noticed that on the small islands, high school students serve as tour guides. Again, I think it is a great opportunity for both the students and the tourists. We are still trying to figure out what we want to do with regard to excursions, but I was impressed with this aspect of the tours available through the line.
Young people are a great resource for small islands. Tourists enjoy interacting with them and the students benefit substantially too. A win- win situation for everyone.