Families & Significant Others

For students considering having their significant others or children join them, the Significant Others (SO) Organization can be an invaluable resource. The SO is an organization comprised of spouses and significant others of students attending SGU, and can help you and your loved ones prepare for life in Grenada and to help you both transition when you arrive. You can visit their helpful website at http://www.sgusignificantothers.org/ or you can e-mail the SO Organization with any questions you may have at soorgsgu@gmail.com.

Mission

The mission of the Significant Others (SO) Organization is to facilitate the transition of students and their significant others to Grenada.

  • To provide social and recreational activities for significant others and their families
  • To act as an informal support group for significant others and their families
  • To participate in and organize philanthropic activities in the Grenadian community
  • To work together with students and administrators of St. George’s University on various projects and activities

About

Significant others will have lots of free time while their loved ones attend classes. The community of spouses who have been here all agree that keeping busy is the key to maintaining an even keel. It is unlikely that you will find employment in Grenada. Work permits may be difficult to obtain, as they are issued to persons to work in areas where there are shortages of qualified Grenadians. Partners have earned income as resident assistants on campus, but these opportunities are limited and highly competitive.  Since there is no guarantee that you will be able to work on campus, this potential income should not be factored into your budget.

To make the most of your time here, you should plan to take up hobbies that you may be interested in pursuing, get involved with local organizations, or finally start on that long reading list you have been meaning to get to. Taking up a hobby or stating a book club is a great way to meet other people in the area!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities through the SO Organization and independent of it, are plentiful and the community is desperately in need of your skills. Consider giving some of your time to the hospital, schools, orphanages, or other Grenadian agencies and organizations.

Child Care

The Grand Anse Playgroup (GAP) provides an enhanced, structured playgroup to student, staff, and faculty families in the SGU community. The GAP operates out of four playrooms on the Grand Anse campus. Programs include the Infant Playgroup, Toddler Playgroup, Jr. and Sr. Playgroup (3 years and older), as well as a Family Drop-in. The grouping of children in each program facilitates children’s natural learning while also providing interaction with children of different ages. The Family Drop-in allows parents and children to participate in daily activities within the different age programs, or enjoy playtime on their own in the SO room. Every week, the staff (comprised of SGU demonstrators and local Grenadian care providers) selects a new and interesting topic to facilitate learning through songs, art, books, toys, and group discussions. Special activities are scheduled everyday: Monday and Wednesday are physical education; Tuesday is beach day; Thursday is music; Monday and Friday are swim days.

The program fills up quickly and there is usually a waiting list for participation. The GAP also acts as an informal referral service for SGU families who are looking for information regarding child care, nanny services, and/or schooling in Grenada. For more information, contact the GAP team (gap@sgu.edu)

Education Opportunities For Children

There are both public and private schools available in Grenada. In the past, American students have enrolled their children, in private schools that offer primary (ages 3–11) and secondary education (ages 11+), such as the Westmorland School, Beacon School, and the Grenada Montessori and Preparation School. Other private schools that offer primary education are Alpha Junior School, 3R’s Junior School, and a new primary school called Grace Lutheran School.

Children of SGU students have attended public secondary schools such as Presentation Brother’s College and Grenada Boys Secondary School (for boys), and St. Joseph’s Convent and Anglican High School (for girls). Grenadian students from the above schools have received scholarships to excellent colleges in England and the United States after completing their education in Grenada.

Children tend to adapt to their new environments quite well, but it is recommended that you arrange for a tour and interview for you and your child at their potential new school upon arrival in Grenada.

Cost of Attendance
The cost of attendance varies from school to school. It is advisable that you begin the process of acquiring information on the schools of your choice as early as possible, as there is a waiting list for most private schools. Getting the application forms and having your questions answered early on in the process may help ease your mind.

Educational Opportunities For Adults

St. George’s University offers undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees—both of which may be of interest to family members living in Grenada with their SGU student. The newest addition to our graduate programs is a unique MBA program embracing the best features of distance learning with twice weekly online classes and two required one-week residencies on the True Blue Campus. Additional information about St. George’s undergraduate and graduate programs can be found here.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is a weekend event where family members of enrolled students in all programs are invited to visit the St. George’s University campus. This bi-annual event usually occurs twice a year in January and August and draws families from all over the world to the True Blue Campus to learn about the University, spend time on campus, and experience island life. In addition to campus and island tours, the event provides time to experience the beautiful island of Grenada and offers sea excursions, cultural performances and free time for exploring local venues.

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