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Bahamian People

Most Bahamians are of African descent -- about 85 percent. The remaining white population is directly descended from Loyalists, Eleutheran adventurers and sailors. Some families have been Bahamian for over two centuries.

Bahamians are a dynamic, independent and friendly people who love music. Religion is an important part of their lives and churches are plentiful.

English is spoken throughout the islands.

People-to-People is a year-round Ministry of Tourism program intended to give visitors a genuine and informal view of Bahamian hospitality and culture as you might see it when visiting a friend. Volunteers holding interests similar to yours are available to give a sample of Bahamian life in a convenient, personal way. You may join them at home for pleasant conversation and an authentic Bahamian meal, at civic or social clubs, at a church service or sports event, or see the sights with a native interpretation.

People-to-People is a popular activity. More than 1,000 volunteers are available in Nassau and about 100 in Freeport. They come from all walks of life and undergo an eligibility screening prior to becoming enrolled. Visitors are matched with residents of similar age groups, interests and professions -- for example, pairing a visiting schoolteacher with a Bahamian teacher. Because many volunteers are professionals, most get-togethers take place in the evenings or on weekends and volunteers will gladly donate their time in the spirit of international goodwill.

One of the main organized events of the programme is the monthly Tea Party at Government House, held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the last Friday of each month (January to August). It is open to 200 guests, who are hosted by the wife of the Governor-General of the Bahamas. Other highlights are:

bulletHome-Away-From-Home Programme: Volunteer hosts become foster parents to foreign students attending Bahamian colleges.
bulletPen Pal Programme: A great way to increase international understanding and communication.
bulletSpouses Programme: Activities are planned for spouses while delegates attend conventions.

If you're coming to Nassau and would like to consider our People-to-People Program, please complete this form for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

If you are already in Nassau, drop by one of our Tourist Information Centres, which are located at the Airport and at Rawson Square, or contact us by phone 242-356-0435/7/8 or by fax 242-356-0434.

If you are coming to Freeport and would like to consider our People-to-People Program, please complete this form for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

If you are already in Freeport/Lucaya, visit our Tourist Information Centre at the International Bazaar or call 242-352-8044.

We'll supply you with more information on how you can enjoy our People-to-People Program. Use the form to let us know as much as possible about your interests.

Please complete the form at least three weeks in advance of your visit, and you will be contacted by an official of the Ministry of Tourism about the arrangement made especially for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Bahamas.

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