The education authority
Located at the centre of the Antilles arc, Guadeloupe comprises a 1,702km² archipelago of five groups of islands. The La Soufrière volcano peaks at an altitude of 1,467m.
Mainland Guadeloupe is made up of Basse-Terre (848km²) and Grande-Terre (590km²), separated by a sound (the 'salted river').
The Les Saintes archipelago (14km²), La Désirade (22km²) and Marie-Galante (158km²) are smaller dependent islands and there are daily maritime links to these 3 destinations.
The climate here is tropical, with an average temperature of 25°C.
There are 2 seasons:
- a dry season known as the carême, or 'fast', which runs from January to June;
- a wet season known as the hivernage, or 'wintering', running from July to December.
Urban development is rapidly expanding, but the lush, green vegetation of Guadeloupe is proof that it remains largely rural and its many waterways have earned it the nickname of 'ile aux belles eaux' ('island of beautiful waters').
Tourist and cultural attractions
Guadeloupe offers countless opportunities to partake in a variety of water-based sports and leisure activities, with the beaches of Grande Terre and the mountains, rivers and waterfalls Basse Terre proving particularly popular with tourists. Traditional cultural events are organised here right throughout the year.
As a European Outermost Region, the currency of Guadeloupe is the euro.
The place of the teaching assistant within the education authority
Host school setup
The primary education division of the Guadeloupe education authority comprises 10 catchment areas, consisting of 125 nursery schools and 185 primary schools catering for 50,803 pupils. The secondary education division, meanwhile, has 25,397 lower secondary pupils, 7,505 upper secondary pupils following vocational routes and 11,166 upper secondary pupils following general and technical routes, split between 45 collèges and 23 lycées.
Specifics of the role of the assistant within the education authority
The assistant works at 2 or 3 schools that are close to one another and located on Grande Terre, Basse Terre or Marie-Galante. The assistant will be able to use interurban public transport networks to get around (bus connecting one town to another). Assistants may also choose to live with others and to hire a vehicle they can use for both work and leisure purposes.
Surrounded by politically independent Spanish and English-speaking countries, Guadeloupe has a rich and varied population in terms of both language and culture. The assistant will work in a multilingual, multicultural environment with pupils who have grown up in the Caribbean and have often not had the opportunity to travel.
With this in mind, the language assistant has to act as a representative of their country and an ambassador for their culture and their language. They are the interface and the perfect spokesperson to the Guadeloupian pupils they inspire with regards to interculturality and must represent mobility for the young islanders of Guadeloupe.