RSVP St. Lucia

Capital: Castries
Population: 184,000
Size: 617 square kilometers (238 square miles)
Official Language: English
Other Language: French Creole
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollars
Weather: Warm tropical climate
Food: A mix of flavours, seasonings and spices (from mild to spicy) used in meal preparations and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
Main Industry: Agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, clothing, fishing and food processing
Motto: "The land, the people, the light"
Location: Gros Islet
Programmes Available: Child Care and Protection, Teaching, Medicine and Health Care, Nursing and Sports
Programme Duration: See Programme and Project Information for specific details
Price: From $1,400USD per person, see Programme and Project Price for more details
Accommodation: Host Families
What the Experience Offers: Needs-based programmes and projects, an opportunity to make a difference, ongoing support and wholesome fun.

St. Lucia is one of the small Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It is located in the Eastern Caribbean between Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and to the north of Barbados. Although only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide it offers two islands – Rodney Bay in the north offers a charming and more modern flair nestled in a beautiful bay and in the south Soufriere, which has plantations, lovely beaches and a geologic wonder like none other. It is nestled between two Pitons (Gros Pitons and Petit Pitons) and said to be one of the scenic highlights in the Caribbean. There are many fishing villages and a rainforest interior with waterfalls.

You can enjoy the lush interior of the island featuring towering mountains, rainforest, valleys and acres of banana plantations. There are many iconic natural places to discover and historical sites to explore. Pigeon island, national park, Fort Rodney, Castries market, the former French Port of Soufriere, Marigot Bay and Gros Isle are places that you should definitely visit. You can also enjoy the sulphur springs (try mud bathing), white sand beaches, hiking and rock climbing. St. Lucia has a very vibrant oral and folk tradition and known for its pulsating rhythm through calypso and soca music.