High School Program

Martinique, a Caribbean jewel, blends French heritage with distinct island culture, offering a rich historical tapestry and the captivating bélé dance amidst its scenic beauty. Dive into an immersive experience.

Dance & Culture

Martinique is known for its natural beauty, rich history, and its musical traditions, specifically in Dance. Martinique is a part of the Caribbean islands and the Lesser Antilles, an overseas region of France. The French and Creole history here creates an in-depth and complex mixing of cultures which has created wonderful artistic expression through dance and music. A unique form of dance in this area is in the form of bélé, the oldest Creole dance of the French West Indian Islands. Throughout this program many different forms of dance will be introduced and practiced as well as the history behind them.

About Martinique

Martinique is known for its natural beauty, rich history, clear waters, and scenic vistas. It is a part of the Caribbean islands and the Lesser Antilles, an overseas region of France. Its French and Creole history shapes a unique culture where students can practice their French in Caribbean style. This program focuses on themes of environmental sustainability and marine ecology. Learn about mangroves and their significance in the ecosystem. Participate in a waste audit to analyze the most frequent refuse that washes ashore and discuss zero waste initiatives. Visit sea turtle habitats and collaborate with organizations leading coral reef restoration. Leave Martinique with a deeper understanding of its ties to the waters that surround it and the changemakers fighting to preserve this island environment. 

Theme alternatives

Fully customizable authentic experiences

At Insight, our program itineraries are as unique as your students. All our program itineraries are customized with teacher chaperones to ensure that it meets the needs of your students.

With the support of a variety of local vendors and NGO’s, we promise that your students will get an authentic, local experience.

What's included

All our trips include:

Program highlights

  • Visit unusual places, along a black sand beach, the historic ruins of Saint Pierre, a town destroyed by the volcano, passing through the tropical forest with two stops in rivers and the famous Balata church

  • Visit the downtown of Fort de France 

  • Then head to Anses d’Arlet, a small fishing village. You will discover the village church facing the sea. A snorkeling spot with an observation of the reefs and fish is accessible.

  • Lucie, your passionate cook, will  invite you into her lovely house to prepare several Creole dishes (usually a starter, a main course, a dessert)

  • Learn the ancestral gestures of working the land as well as the basic steps of the bèlè to the sound of the ti-bwa and we also taste the flavors of the fruits. and “peyi” vegetables.

How it works


Want to take your students outside the classroom? Review our program locations and suggested themes.

Connect with one of our High School Educators who will help custom design your program.

With our assistance, submit required paperwork and details to your Administration and School Board.

Announce the trip to your students! (We’ll provide all the materials you need).

Invite us to your school to host a Student & Parent Info Night! We will be there to answer questions and support student sign-up!

Sample Itinerary

  • Travel from home to ​​Fort de France, Martinique. 
  • Get to know the flora of the island with a boat Mangrove tour. During this mangrove tour, your guide will show you everything that surrounds the bay of Génipa: its geography, history, fauna, and flora.The mangrove of the bay of Génipa is the largest of Martinique. It covers almost two-thirds of the island’s 1,800 hectares of mangroves. You will learn about the importance of this ecosystem and your guide will also show you the huge variety of mangrove fauna: crabs, crustaceans, fish, insects, but also the many birds. Stop at Petit Îlet to discover more plant species, their history and their use in daily life, in dishes and even their medicinal properties.
  • Get your hands dirty on day one with a waste collection and audit. You will conduct a litter pickup before analyzing the items and considering how waste can be reduced in our daily lives.
  • Marine turtles are a protected species in Martinique. Spend the morning at the beach learning about their habitat and how the local species along the Caribbean coast work together.

  • Move from the ocean to the riverside to learn about the management, protection, and restoration of wetlands. Immerse in the nature of the river and uncover how habitat management contributes to the protection and restoration of Martinique’s ecosystem.

  • Visit a permaculture farm and spend the day learning from local farmers. Inherited from the first inhabitants of the Caribbean, the Creole garden at the farm is an example of nature-friendly agriculture inspired by the ecosystem of the forest. Learn how natural materials are used to maintain the garden and farm. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch with local dishes made from farm fresh foods. After a hot day on the farm, enjoy some relaxation at the local river.
  • Explore the protected nature preserve peninsula of La Caravelle on an easy hiking loop. The unique ecosystem is home to forests and local mangroves where you can take an optional swim in the Baie des Trésors. You may see the white-throated mockingbird, an endemic bird present only on the reserve.
  • Participate in a workshop on the many sustainable uses of bamboo in a bamboo grove.
  • Spend today with local organizations that are working to restore coral reefs around the island and protect local endangered species. Learn about Martinique’s corals and how these organizations are leading their protection, then get into the water yourself to see the corals up close!
  • Visit an innovative and eco-friendly sugarcane field to learn how a local farmer is managing her land with plants and other natural strategies to prevent pests and weeds.
  • Discover Robert Bay on a kayak tour. Your local guide will lead you through mangroves to the Islet Chancel where you will be able to see ruins and endemic endangered iguanas that only live on that islet.
  • The AGOA sanctuary allows visitors to observe cetaceans in the French Caribbean waters while protecting these critical species. Learn about the species of the sanctuary, what is threatening them, and how to advocate for safe interaction with these species in their natural environment.
  • Wrap up your time in Martinique by visiting a former agricultural plantation that has been transformed into a hub for education on the natural environments of the island. Explore vast gardens at the foot of Mount Pelée to discover biodiversity and medicinal plants. Take a tour of the Domaine d’Emeraude (exploration pavilion, forest, Creole garden) with a mid-mountain guide specialized in knowledge of ancestral practices and heritage. Wrap up your visit by planting trees and tasting local flavors such as fresh fruit juice, seasonal fruit, traditional sweets, and cassava toast.
  • Complete the journey home.

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