Bahamians love meeting new people and making friends. When you join our complimentary People-To-People Experience, you’ll be paired with a Bahamian ambassador who will show you our culture and way of life. Similarly, Bahamians looking to participate in our program as an ambassador can contact the Ministry of Tourism for more information. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions to help you get started!
What is the People-to-People Program About?
In The Bahamas, we understand that many of our visitors are looking for a rich cultural experience off the beaten path. Our People-to-People hosting is designed to do just that; it gives you insight into the lives of Bahamians and a personal encounter with our culture.
Is there a cost to participate?
No, the program is free, thanks in part to the generosity of our ambassadors and The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
How much advance notice is required?
Our goal is to find the best host for you, so we suggest that you register online at least two weeks prior to your trip. However, we can accommodate last-minute requests.
Who are the ambassadors and are they screened?
Our People-to-People ambassadors are knowledgeable and friendly volunteers who are screened and certified by the Ministry of Tourism to offer you the best hosting experience. There are more than 800 Bahamians who represent a cross –section of our communities. They are not employed by the Ministry of Tourism
How are hosts matched with visitors?
We match visitors with host ambassadors according to their age, occupation, hobbies, interests or religion.
Do visitors stay with their host ambassador?
No. The primary purpose of our program is to have a one-one cultural exchange between visitors and host ambassadors.
Can I contact my host ambassador before arriving in The Bahamas?
Of Course. You can communicate with each other via the web, phone or mail before your arrival. Your host contact information will be forwarded to your upon confirmation of your People-to-People experience.
Is the experience available on The Out Islands?
Absolutely. We can connect you with ambassadors on nine (9) of our beautiful islands; Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Exuma, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Long Island and Nassau.
How do I register?
Register online here. You will be contacted by a People-to-People representative who will correspond with you via email on prospective hosts. If you have any questions, contact the People-to-People Office at; (242) 356-0435/6/7 or speak to the concierge at your hotel upon arrival.
If you are unable to take advantage of our People-to-People hosting, you may enjoy a delightful afternoon of tea at historic Government House-the state home of the Governor General of The Bahamas.
This complimentary tea party is hosted by the wife of the Governor General and features entertainment by local artists, which include story-telling, fashion show and a live band performance. You will also be treated to tasty Bahamian pastries, finger sandwiches and native “bush” teas.
Tea parties are held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the last Friday of the month: January-May and October – November. Arrange for an invitation to the People-to-People Tea Party with your hotel concierge or contact the People-to-People Unit at (242) 356-0435/6/7.