The Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) program is a unique opportunity for graduating students in The Bahamas ages 15-18 who have a keen interest in the environment and want to learn more as they transition from high school to university studies. Successful applicants will participate in a 14-week academic semester at The Island School in South Eleuthera and a four-month paid internship at an environmental conservation-related organization. Upon completion of high school, students can use BESS as a gap year experience before pursuing further studies. The BESS Program is administered in collaboration with 'BREEF,' Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation.
As part of the BESS program you will:
- Study Marine ecology
- Conduct research
- Earn SCUBA certifications
- Develop your leadership skills
- Learn about alternate sources of energy
- Consider how to make small communities more sustainable
- Prepare for college
- Connect with the environment around you
- BESS participants may complete their four-month internship at the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, or other environmental organizations in The Bahamas.