Students and faculty will be housed at Posada Enilda Bed and Breakfast located in the south of the Island in an area called Bottom House. Students do not need to reserve their own rooms, this will already be taken care of before they arrive. This posada is a fully modern facility with comfortable outdoor seating areas, shared dining room, and other amenities, such as air-conditioning, in- room safes, and personal refrigerators, and is extremely comfortable. The husband and wife owners are excited about hosting the students and we have enjoyed our stays in past years, immensely. Security cameras monitor the grounds and the main gate is locked at night. Old Providence is a safe island, with little serious crime.
PLEASE NOTE: Rooms are assigned upon your arrival, and you will be randomly assigned one to two roommates; but you may absolutely switch roommates, if needed. Take the first day to get to know your colleagues, and then work out room groupings that will best suit your individual (and thus, the group’s) needs. However, given the circumstances of COVID, these decisions will need to be made the very first day. Thereafter, roommates will form “pods”, or two-person groupings that limit their non- distanced social contact to one another for the duration of the field Program.
Room and board at the Posada includes breakfast, every day, and lunch, Monday through Saturday, which will be served in the field or in the dining area at Posada Enilda. Dinners (and lunches on Sundays) will not be provided by the program, but Posada Enilda will offer a $5.00 (USD) dinner option (every evening – meat and meatless choices) that students can order at breakfast. Additionally, Posada Enilda serves large, economical dinners on their regular menu, and restaurants and grocery stores are available on the Island where students can purchase meals. In past years, students have gone in together to buy a crock pot and took turns making dinners, as well. Food borne illness will be minimized by drinking only bottled water, which will be provided at the Posada so students can fill their bottles, multiple times every day. The owners of the Posada can meet most dietary needs (vegetarians, vegans, and lactose intolerant), other than Kosher, although if given enough advance time to order supplies and with specific instructions/ consultation, the Posada may be able to meet Kosher needs as well, so please contact the Director if this is of interest to you. Laundry services are also offered at the Posada; which you can request when you check in after arriving on site.
Meals at the Posada will be served in the outside dining room and veranda, which is well ventilated. As an extra precaution, students should eat alone or within their room pod at separate tables. Meals are served by the Posada staff and brought directly to your table.
Rooms are cleaned by the Posada staff every other day, but students are required to take steps to ensure proper daily cleaning such as wiping down shared areas (e.g. bathroom, desks, door handles, etc.) multiple times a day and depositing trash in the outside receptacles each time you leave your room. Students should either bring disinfecting products or plan on buying cleaning materials soon after arriving.
There is a laundry facility onsite where you can do your own laundry for free. If you would like laundry services (pick-up and delivery outside your room), you can request and pay for this service at the front desk.