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
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.