Why the Caribbean Tourism Board Said: “You’re Hired!”

It’s 8.00 a.m. on a Friday morning and I’m in Gouyave, on the west coast of Grenada. The beach is crowded with fishermen at work. Some are fixing their nets and sharing stories. Others are already out in the water in their canoes.

Fishing is a big part of life here in Grenada. I approach the men at work and even though most only speak Grenadian Creole, they smile and are happy to share their craft with me. They show me how they repair their nets.

The Local Side of Life in Grenada

It’s my third week in Grenada, but the first time I’ve experienced the local side of life in Gouyave. A lot of tourists come here for the weekly Gouyave Fish Friday, but because it’s an evening festival, they don’t get to see much of the preparation that goes into it. It’s a shame.

My Grenadian driver is enjoying the scene as much as I am, and he’s happy to wait on me while I finish taking photos. He works for the Grenada Tourism Board, who assigned him to take me around the island so I can gather every-day life scenes. Getting images on the beach was the start of my working day.

It’s Easy to Travel Around Grenada

Grenada had been on my travel wish-list for a while, so I eventually decided to travel here solo. Every day I hopped into one of the minibuses to head into downtown St George’s. The Caribbean’s most beautiful harbor (the Carenage), my usual destination. From there, I walked to town for a stroll through the market, admiring the stands stocked with hundreds of spices. Maybe lunch at the Creole Shack, to fill a plate from the Caribbean buffet for under $5.

It was easy to get around the island and explore the beaches and nature parks. Most were a bus ride away. The loud reggae on the buses added to the fun.

Then, three weeks into my stay, I heard from a local friend that the Grenada Tourism Board was in need of new photos for a big website redesign and photo library update. I contacted them, sent in some of my photos and was hired. A week later, I had a driver for a day and a list of scenes to photograph.

After leaving Gouyave that morning, we headed to the center of the island—to the Grand Etang National Park. This is one of Grenada’s most popular hiking areas with a rainforest surrounding a crater lake. The views were breathtaking.

I spent an hour walking around and taking photos and interacting with locals.

When we finally sat down at the end of that day, catching sunset at a relaxed beachside restaurant with a cold Carib beer, I felt immense gratitude. I had just experienced an entire day doing what I love—and getting paid for it.

A Free Month in Grenada

This whole experience came about because I was willing to take a chance. Some people would be reluctant to travel alone, while others would be shy about putting themselves forward as a photographer. But I’ve discovered that when you dive right in, things start to happen for you.

My experiences with the Grenada Tourism Board opened my eyes to the possibilities of earning money from what I love to do – travel and photography. The money I made from that one assignment paid for me to stay in Grenada for another month.

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