Trinidad and Tobago
Location | Matelot, Trinidad and Tobago
Photos | Found here
Blog | Read more about Amizade in Trinidad & Tobago
Service Opportunities | Help develop eco-tourism in the area through restoration of the coastline, local hiking trails and access roads; support leather back turtle conservation efforts; serve with the local fisherman’s association on agricultural education and establish agricultural processing facilities and much more!
Cultural and Recreational Highlights | Witness and participate in local events, sports, music and life. Visit the Castles around the Queen’s Park Savannah and the Caroni bird Sanctuary. Take the two hour ferry ride to the beautiful Island of Tobago and visit some of the best beaches in the Southern Caribbean, Tobago is home to the famous Nylon pool and Buccoo Reef and a rich and unique blend of people foods and festivals.
Programs in Trinidad and Tobago take place primarily in Matelot, which is one of the most remote settlements in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the last village on the North Eastern Coast of Trinidad, on the Paria Main Road. It is approximately 30 miles from the capital Port of Spain and is accessible via a single paved road which runs from Toco in the east and is separated from the rest of the island by the hills of the Northern Range. The population of Matelot is approximately 1000 and has remained fairly constant due to a continued exodus of young and productive persons who seek employment in urban areas. As the major sources of income for the remaining residents of Matelot are from fishing, hunting and agriculture, this provides a unique setting for students to experientially learn the complexities of agriculture and sustainable development.
Lodging | Local hotels and guesthouses
Food | Vegetables, fruit, rice, fish
Visa | U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for travel to Trinidad and Tobago.
Communication | Cell networks, internet, etc.
Closest Airport | Port of Spain, Trinidad
Our Community Partners
DORCAS | In Trinidad and Tobago, Amizade works with a number of local community organizations including DORCAS Womens’ Group and the Matelot Fisherman’s Association. Amizade works closely with the community to identify the needs of the community and how our volunteers can best be utilized. This may include working with eco-tourism groups to revitalize local hiking trails, access roads and coastlines; helping the community to construct recreational facilities for the community or establishing agricultural processing facilities.
Learn more about the DORCAS Womens’ Group here!