One of 529 Districts around the world Rotaract District 7030 stretches from the beautiful Caribbean twin islands of St. Kitts & Nevis down the chain to Trinidad & Tobago and includes the exotic, multicultural, South American nations of Guyana and Suriname and French Guiana. As of 2017, District 7030 has expanded to included the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.
Established in 1986 the District now boasts 47 active Rotaract clubs with over 600 Rotaractors, and continues to grow. Spread across 17 territories, the District is a melting pot of diversity, encompassing many different cultures, customs, origins, languages and religions.
The majority of the countries in the District are English speaking former British colonies with citizens of predominantly African descent. Many of these islands however were at some point occupied by the French, and as such have a Créole heritage, often speaking a French Patois as a second language. Martinique as part of the French West Indies (FWI) has a cultural blend of French and West Indian influences, speaking French as their primary language, while English speaking Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana have a mix of African and East Indian descent. Perhaps the most diverse of all is Dutch speaking Suriname consisting of people of East Indian, African, European, Indonesian (Javanese), Amerindian, and Chinese heritage. Religions in the region range from Christian (Roman Catholic and Protestant faiths), Muslim, and Hindu denominations.
This diversity, and language differences present a challenge to the District, but also serves as its strength and makes it unique among others. Rotaractors in the District are constantly exposed to its various cultures, learning different customs and ways of thinking, giving them a unique perspective on how to tackle the issues of their respective communities.