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Blue Economy Tourism - St. Lucia

Application Deadline: Jan. 05, 2024
Dates: May 2024 (1 week)
Location: St. Lucia
Estimated Cost: $4,100 (Program fee & Insurance)
Bursary amount: $1,500 /$2,500
Physical activity requirement: Level 2


Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) will host a group of NSCC students and employees for one week in May 2024. The program theme will revolve around blue economy tourism and its importance in the local context. Program activities will involve sit visits to various blue economy tourism operations, team building exercises and a presentation on learning.

Blue economy tourism relies on a country's ocean, sea, or coastal region. Coastal tourism is the largest market segment in the world, accounting for 5% of GDP and contributing 6-7% of total employment. Furthermore, coastal and maritime tourism will employ 1.5 million additional people worldwide by 2030.  Coral reefs, seagrass reefs, sandy beaches, sandbars, marshes, flood basins, estuaries, peninsulas, mangroves etc. are a few examples of the aquatic life. Blue economy tourism encompasses a diverse range of activities, including beach tourism, scuba diving, snorkeling, yachting, coastal cruises, marine wildlife encounters, and coral reef exploration.

 This program will provide students with a better understanding of blue economy tourism practices in St. Lucia and an overall sense of the importance of this emerging and important tourism area. NSCC and SALCC students will be given a blue economy tourism challenge and work together to find a solution based on information gathered through the site visits to service providers. The final project will have the groups present on their solution to the challenge in front of a panel of judges and a winner will be selected.


  • Apply knowledge, skills and attitudes from tasks and projects in an international setting;
  • Outline the benefits of cross-cultural collaboration for work-related projects and tasks;
  • Build evidence of experiences and new learning (both personal and industry related) for portfolio development and the education of others;
  • Assess safety and risk pertaining to international travel to make informed decisions about traveling abroad;
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and St. Lucia



Subject to change

October 2023 - Applications launched

January 5, 2024 - Application deadline

January 2024 - Student selection

February 2024 - Online pre-departure course begins

April 19, 2024 - Pre-Departure conference

May 2024 - Program in St. Lucia

June 2024 - Evaluation and debrief

Fall 2024 - Celebration of learning

Student Eligibility

This program is open to students in any program at NSCC who are interested in the blue economy and tourism. Students must be in good academic standing. Some international learning programs can fall under the Prior Learning and Assessment (PLAR) Procedures | NSCC. Students interested in this process should seek advice from a faculty advisor and academic chair prior to travel to review whether the international learning program could satisfy program or course outcomes.

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Cost Breakdown

Item Cost (estimated)
Program Fee (includes airfare, local accommodations, in-country ground transportation, program activities and some meals) $4000
Passport and any associated travel documents (if having to apply for one) $200 travel insurance (mandatory purchased through $100
Immunizations & prescriptions (cost will vary depending on individual) $200 - $500
Transportation to and from Halifax airport (depending on distance from airport) $200
Other meals and incidentals (will vary depending on individual) $200
Items of personal nature, tourism activities and excursions outside of the program and souvenirs (varies depending on individual) $200

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