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Exploring Trinidad


Experience the first step of African American History firsthand while gaining a deeper understanding of cultures and diversity



Participants of this program will not only visit typical sites such as museums and monuments, but will also experience Trinidadian culture through daily interaction with locals. Participants will also enjoy cultural activities organized around Carnival such as mask making and the playing of the steel pan. Most importantly, this experience is a chance for participants to appreciate a different culture in a way that is in keeping with the university's mission to promote multiculturalism and global awareness as one of its primary academic functions.



  • Nine nights in tropical Trinidad
  • Combine a learning experience with fun cultural activities
  • Experience WKU faculty to help enrich the experience and give insight to the culture.



The Program Leader may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants need to meet these requirements: 

  • Full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Permission of instructor.
  • Complete Registration form.
  • Passport Requirements - Each participant must have a passport that includes an expiration date, which is 6 months beyond the last date of the voyage. The expiration must be beyond August 15, 2014.

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Program Leader

Dr. Andrew Rosa is an historian, whose teaching and research interests are in the areas of African American intellectual and social movement history and African American Studies. His related interests include racial foundations of academic thought, Black radicalism, comparative slavery, Black Atlantic history, communities studies, and transnational social movements. In all of his courses, he enjoys challenging students to think critically and creatively about what it means to be citizens of the world, especially in light of globalization, which has affected human societies differentially and unequally. His courses centralize the experience African Americans while recognizing the diversity and complexity of the experiences of African and African descended populations across the globe. His teaching also brings together themes and topics in 19th and 20th Century U.S. History with African American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and African Studies.

A graduate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in 2006, Rosa briefly taught at Oklahoma State University before arriving to Western Kentucky University. At WKU, Rosa has truly found an intellectual home in African American Studies and the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. Rosa has also been a fellow of the Gilder Lerhmen Institute of American History, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a fellow at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago. In 2013, he was awarded a fellowship from the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library. His work has been published in Race and Class, American Studies, and History of Education Quarterly. Currently, Rosa is writing an intellectual biography on the African American anthropologist St. Clair Drake. Under contract with the University of Georgia Press, Rosa's book examines Drake's life history, as a scholar activist, along specific routes of black migrations, settlements, solidarities, and conflicts in the Black Atlantic World. His next major book project will be a comparative study of Black Power movements in the United States and Caribbean.


Program Package

Base Package:  $2,400 (est based on spring 2014)

  • Ten-nights of accommodations
  • Transport from Trinidad to Tobago
  • Round-tip flight from Nashville to Port of Spain
  • Group Excursions in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Program-related ground transportation
  • International medical insurance
Excluded from all Packages
  • Items not explicitly listed in package.
  • Transportation between your departure airport and your home.
  • Independent travel (non-program travel).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone service, and Internet access.
  • Tips for guides and drivers not included in program-related activity.
  • Travel cancellation/interruption insurance. Highly recommended.
  • Baggage fees and costs associated with flight changes.
  • Visa/immigration fees.
  • Meals & Services and beverages not mentioned in the program

Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.


Payment Schedule

  • October 1 - Priority deadline for application with non-refundable $250 deposit
  • December 1, 2014 - Final deadline for application. Final payment due.


Penalty due to Withdrawal or Non-payment:

  • After October 1: 25% of program costs
  • After November 1:  50%
  • After December 1: No Refunds
  • If a balance remains after the payment due date, the participant may be dropped from the program.



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Planned Schedule (coming soon)

Day 1 Arrival in Port of Spain and settle into UWI
2 UWI Campus tour
3 Tour of Gasparee Caves and Asa Wright Nature Center
3 Tour of the National Museum and Art Gallery,
Leary Cricket Complex, and Queens Park, Savannah
4 Carnival Mask Making
and Steel Band lecture, workshop, and performance
5 Tour of Maracas Beach and North Coast
6 Tour of local market and downtown Port of Spain
7 Tour of Central and South Trinidad --
Pitch Lake, Temple in the Sea, Hanuman Statue
8 Trip to Tobago -- nature preserves, markets,
colonial forts, and African slave sites
9 Trip to Tobago -- nature preserves, markets,
colonial forts, and African slave sites
10 Return to Nashville

The schedule is subject to change due to educational opportunities that may arise unexpectedly, the vagaries of weather, and other factors beyond the control of the course instructors and staff.



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(coming soon)



  • Port of Spain
  • Tobago
  • Trinidad and Tobago


  • January 2015


  • $2,400 (est based on Spring 2014)

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