The educational system in the Caribbean is developing rapidly. Hybrid learning becomes normal for most. Gone are the days when the islands were only blessed with local institutions, outdated curricula and pedagogy, and local teachers.
Often times, students could be heard joking about the number of foreign West Indians in St. Lucia when the school holidays hit. The UWI and other local community colleges formed the tertiary world in the area, and only students born with a genetic, golden spoon would attend these institutions without demonstrating their intellectual abilities. The naturally gifted students who would inevitably win the scholarships were, of course, the exception to the rule.
Today there is a different scenario. Many foreign educational institutions have invaded the coast of the island’s neighbors. In St. Lucia, we are blessed with several overseas medical schools as well as institutions that offer broader academic and professional fields of study. These include Monroe College, Spartan Health Sciences University, UWI Open Campus, and the Spartan College of Arts and Sciences, which offers a pre-medical program. The Ross University School of Medicine is located in Dominica. Founded in 1978, this institution has more than 10,000 alumni, nearly 90% of whom are from the United States. Martinique and Guadeloupe are also blessed with many domestic and foreign institutions that offer a range of areas of study: culinary arts, fine arts, science, and foreign languages.
Most educational institutions within the island’s neighbors move online. While many continue to debate the pros and cons of such an educational environment, the fact remains that advances in many areas dictate that our educational system must evolve to meet the demands of current labor markets.
Short breaks in the neighborhood
Before heading to Martinique, travelers should check with their insurance company to see if their policy covers overseas travel. Also, don’t forget to bring insurance information such as your insurance ID and application forms. Many insurance companies do not provide coverage to their overseas customers and if they do, most will not cover the cost of emergency evacuation from the island. If your insurance cover is not valid during your stay in Martinique, travelers abroad can take out additional insurance in the event of illness during their vacation. If you have minor health concerns, wear a Travel Medical Kit containing the following items:
• pain relievers such as paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen;
• rubbing alcohol;
• Face masks and / or shield
If you need to bring any prescription medication with you, pack them in the clearly labeled original containers. Designed pill boxes may not make it through customs. Also, include a prescription slip or note from your doctor explaining that you need the medication.
While most vacationers usually stay healthy while on vacation in Martinique and there are no vaccination requirements to enter, there are some health issues that can affect travelers. Here are some of the most common dangers tourists face on the island:
• Excessive sun exposure is one of the greatest dangers for vacationers. Remember to use sunscreen with adequate SPF for your skin and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
• Insect bites are also a problem for people who spend a lot of time outdoors. Make sure you wear mosquito repellent to keep these pesky insects out.
• If you go barefoot on the beach or wade in shallow water, watch out for sea urchins and jellfish, which can seriously injure your feet.
• Travelers should be aware of common vaccinations such as hepatitis A and B, tetanus, and measles boosters before going abroad.
While on vacation in Martinique, be sure to follow these medical and safety tips to help you stay healthy while enjoying the sun on your island vacation.
Historical note! Health care in Guadeloupe is rated as good, there are 5 modern hospitals and around 23 clinics. Get to know your neighbors!
A little French for the visitor
To the drugstore
Expiration date – expiration date
Pilla – la pilul
Skin care – skin care
Syrup – the syrup
Dosage – dosage
Syringe – the syringe
Sanitary napkin – the sanitary napkin
Panty liner – The panty liner
Side effects – side effects
Pain reliever – the pain reliever
Travel sickness pills – Le cachet antiaupathique
Dental care – dental care
Vitamins – vitamins
Capsule – the capsule
Ointment – the ointment
Drops – the drops