Somehwen in 2015 I came up with the decisision that I want to do something for improving my language skills in French. Some of you probably know that I don't like winter time too much. For that reason I was looking for opportunities with a more tropical climate and ended up in January 2016 in Martinique in the Carribean which belongs to France. I booked a 4 weeks language stay living in a Carribean Homestay and extending the stay with two weeks of holidays to get around other islands. One day I was even working as I do have customers on the island and I took the chance to visit them too, but beside that I was glad that I could arrange a deal with unpaid holidays to make this stay happen. As I experienced a great organisation during my stay in Australia, I decided to book through the same organisation Boalingua again and I didn't get disappointed. By the way, if somebody is interested in reading my experience in German, I have written a guestblog Entry for Boalingua which you can find here.
What I heard a lot before I left: What? Martinique? You will never learn proper French there, they use a lot of slang and mix it up with their Créole. Who said I am into learning perfectly French and having not that much fun staying in a room for entire day? Fair enough i would say :) and it looked like I still learned something as I passed successfully the DELF B2 Certification test back in Switzerland one month later. But that's another story, continuing with my trip now:
After a long way (Train to Geneva, Flight to Paris, change Airport in Paris by Bus, Flight to Martinique, don't ask me why I booked that way, I think there are better options now), I finally arrived in Martinique. By Taxi I got to my hosts Eliane & Serge whose children are adults and here daughter has three kids including twin babies who are living on another floor in the same appartment. My family for the next 4 weeks were super nice, they took great care of me - cooked fantastic, introduced me to their family and friends, including good insights into the rum culture and I really enjoyed the stay there.
The school was located in the capital of Martinqiue, in Fort-de-France. I went there by bus, there is no schedule, I didn't find out the rules about when a bus is coming. You just have to go to the bus station and hope the best. Luckily my stop was on a route to / from an university and therefore the bus was driving more regularly than in other places. The drive took about 15 minutes which was quite comfy, especially when the school starts at 8.30 am.
Most of my other school friends stayed on the other side of the island (les Trois-Ilets) and they had do take the ferry to get to school.
The language school itself is pretty small with two classes. As you can book a language class for one week only, we did had new schoolmates every week. I really liked the big range of different ages as well as different nationalities. Obviously the Swiss are everywhere and hence we got a long very well, we spent most of our free time together.
We were two at the beginning who booked a standard course only (non-intense class) and we decided that we have to organize a car to rent. Else you don't have a lot of chance to get around the island. First advice if you will ever go to Martinique: YOU NEED A CAR! The streets are usually not too bad, there is even a high-way. You just need to know as the streets are not too bad, the people are driving insanely and like there's no tomorrow and you will maybe see some accidents.
When we were off school, we often took the ferry to the beaches or the nice beachbar or the car for getting further away and exploring the island.
What I can recommend:
What I can not recommend:
If you follow these rules, you will experience PANI PWOBLEM and love it!