We are delighted to be working in partnership again this year with the University of Birmingham on a number of really exciting projects and initiatives. This page has been put together to help you navigate our summer opportunities and the number of funding options that may be available to you.

If you would like to apply we ask that you do so by applying through the relevant page for your preferred programme.

Here are our Summer 2023 Programmes for UoB Students


How can I find out more? For the politics programme there is a dedicated UoB Zoom Event which is being run in partnership with the Business School.

Monday 13th February at 15:30 contact harry@caribbeanelective.com for the link

There will also be a dedicated call with the Law school which is TBC and will be communicated by Paul McConnell in mid February.

Funding opportunities: Here are the links you need to find out more and apply for funding. Please note that funding details have yet to be released for 2023 however these pages will be updated when details are released. You can also contact Careers Network for more info.

UoB Work Experience Bursary (Available to all students. Up to £500) 

UoB Gateway Bursary (Available to certain priority groups, criteria can be found throughout the link. Up to £1000) 

UoB alternative funding opportunities available 

View our article on different funding ideas for more inspiration.

Turing Scheme Funding

Turing scheme funding is available for all of our projects this summer, Click here to find out more.

If you are interested in our “Politics in the Community” or “Supporting Legal Aid” Programmes then these departments have already been allocated funding and you should contact us in order to be updated on the process.


Budget estimation: In general you should estimate your living costs in Saint Lucia to be very similar to your costs in the UK. We would estimate a weekly budget of £100-130 to cover the essentials such as your food shopping, a couple of short taxi rides and buying something affordable to eat for example at local food outlets and BBQs which offer good local food at reasonable prices. Costs of eating out in the evening range dramatically, you can eat very well at local places for £8-12 or can really spoil yourselves at local hotels and luxury venues for significantly more. You do not need to budget for laundry or domestic bills apart from buying laundry powder etc.

Additionally to this, we recommend you bring some extra money should you wish to do some activities and travel around Saint Lucia in your free time, we will endeavour to support you in doing this as affordably as possible wherever we can. Here are some estimates of how much certain activities could cost with transport included: Catamaran boat day £85-105, Sulphur Springs & volcano tour £30-40, Pigeon Island day £15-25, various beach days £0-40 depending on which one you travel to, Piton hike £60-90, rainforest zip-lining £40-50. (Costs vary according to availability, number of people you do the activity with and any options or peak times of day you choose to book)

If you have any further questions then please contact Harry on harry@caribbeanelective.com

Please remember that places on our programmes are often extremely competitive and you should complete an application on the page of the project you are interested in as soon as possible. You must apply by the end of March.

Please do not apply for funding without first applying to join a programme, as we need to know who is planning on joining us in the summer!

To apply for funding from your university you will need to supply certain details about Caribbean Elective on your application form. Please find these here…

Contact person: Harry Spear (Director & Co-Founder) 07789967795 harry@caribbeanelective.com

Caribbean Elective registered address: 42 Twynham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 5AS

Distance category for Saint Lucia on the Turing Scheme form is 4000 to 7999KM

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