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.