Life at St. George’s University

Island Living - Family Life Spouses and Significant Others

Finding employment in Grenada is unlikely. Work permits are extremely difficult to obtain and when vacancies arise, Grenadians, rightly so, have priority for hiring. The SGU Student Government Association employs a few spouses and significant others in its copy center. Spouses have also earned incomes as Resident Assistants on campus. Some have also earned money by cooking and baking for students. However, such opportunities are limited, highly competitive, and should not be factored into your budget.

As the spouse of a student, therefore, you should come to Grenada prepared to deal with a lot of free time. The communities of spouses who have been here all agree that keeping busy is the key to maintaining an even keel. Take up hobbies you’ve never had the time for and read books you’ve always meant to read. Volunteer opportunities are abound. You can volunteer at the hospital, schools, orphanages, or other Grenada agencies and organizations. Take time to enjoy the beaches and venture forth and discover Grenada.

The Significant Others Association is a support group for the families of students living in Grenada which organizes activities for leisure and learning.

Education

For preschool-aged children, there have in the past been weekly playgroup sessions. If interested in this activity, seek out parents and try to initiate such a group. There is also a preschool program for three and four year-olds. Check time and days.

There are both public and private schools available on the island of Grenada. The school system may be different from what you are used to. There are pre-primary (for age 3-5), primary (for age 5-11) and secondary (for age 11 and older) schools. The costs of schools vary and children usually adapt to the differences with few problems. All schoolchildren wear uniforms.

There are waiting lists at most private schools. Writing to the school over the summer for information, application forms, etc., may ease your mind and give you an advantage in getting your child’s name off the bottom of the waiting list. Personal contact is the most valuable means of having your son or daughter enrolled. It is advised that you make contact and schedule an interview for you and your child within the first days of your arrival in Grenada.

Before you leave for Grenada, ask your child’s teachers what he or she would have been taught had you remained at home. Look at books and materials so you can compare them to Grenadian materials. When you return to your home for the summer, recheck your child’s skills with this teacher to see if she/he stayed at the appropriate level or if there are any gaps that need to be filled during the summer. Since Caribbean history and geography will be studied, you may want to bring some history books relevant to your home country / region so your child will not fall behind in those studies.

More Information - For more information, visit the Significant Others Organization’s website.

Supermarkets

Although hours vary, most supermarkets open at or before 8:00 am and close as late as 9 pm, Monday through Saturday, with reduced operating hours on Sundays. However, Real Value Supermarket, located in the Grand Anse Spiceland Mall, is open until 10:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and until 7:00 pm on Sunday.

Supermarket prices might vary a few pennies on an item in any given store. Different supermarkets do not always carry the same stock. The Grand Anse prices are generally slightly higher. Real Value generally has a good selection of foreign products, and has a deli.

While there is a constant supply of fresh food into Grenada, sometimes you will find large quantities of something you value, only to return the next day to find the shelves empty. So, you might consider buying favorite items when you see them. In any case, you may have to go to more than one food store to get what you need.

The City Market
The City Market

In the market square in St. George’s you will find primarily fresh fruits, vegetables and spices. The market is open air, so when it rains, business comes to a standstill. The best selection is found early (7am) Friday and Saturday mornings. Always bring EC one-dollar coins and five-dollar bills while shopping there. You may not be able to get change for a twenty. Always bring a basket or knapsack; nothing is packaged.

There is a new open-air seafood market in St. George’s which is open Monday through Saturday.