Gap Program Update #4

This Tuesday nine of us embarked upon a sea kayaking trip -- destination: Lighthouse Beach for our 48-hour solo experience. With choppy waters, we paddled a whopping mile from campus before having to beach the boats and camp out for the night. Day two, we try again: only to encounter more sea-sickening waves and exerting far too much effort for the distance traveled. We stop for lunch and a nap on the beach, then out on the water again. Alas, we make it one-third of the way to our destination before resulting to hitching a ride the rest of the way to Lighthouse. Along the way, some lovely conversations, bonding over games of Wizard, and the best campfire pizza bliss. Valentine's Day dawned upon us and we spent the holiday alone -- in the most literal sense. Thursday marked the beginning of our48-hour solo. Seven of us scattered along the shore of Lighthouse Beach with nothing but pink sand, our thoughts, and the horizon of each new day before us. 

Solo: a time for self reflection, awareness, acceptance. Ye of little faith who may be wondering, "What in the world do you plan on doing with your life?" Well, I took some time during my solo to contemplate this question and let me affirm your doubts by responding--I still have no idea. "But," you say, "weren't you supposed to figure that out on your gap year?" I, too, had in mind an idealistic notion that my gap year would provide all of the answers to my confused teenage angst over what to do with my life. But, you see, us gappers -- we're still figuring things out. I rest assured that I'm worlds away from the person I was when I graduated high school, and no college textbook could have taught me what I've learned this past year about my place in this world. As I reflected upon this thought with the crashing of waves before me, I realized how perfectly okay it is to not be completely consistent in my beliefs. To contradict myself is what it means to become a young adult. So I say: soldier on, wandering warriors. Life's short. Defy those societal pressures and live the life you want to live. 

by Sarah Sasek

Now Hiring: Communications Associate

The Cape Eleuthera Foundation seeks an enthusiastic, motivated and driven individual to join its communications and marketing team. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience building communications and marketing materials in the non-profit context. This individual will work with all facets of the organization to promote our facilities and programs and share our work and ideologies with our alumni base, the scientific community, and the wider world. The successful candidate will build strong relationships by exercising outstanding design skills and tailoring the medium and message to the sophisticated and discriminating audience. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position at the Lawrenceville Office, reporting directly to the Director of Communications and the Director of Development. Responsibilities: Publications

  • Prepares graphic files for publication
  • Seeks and obtains bids from printers and mailing houses
  • Manages print quality and control
  • Coordinates the timely, error-free, and cost-effective production of all publications, including writing, editing, design, photography, and print and electronic management
  • Provides editing eye for flawless final production

Graphic Design

  • Designs organization’s publications
  • Designs ads and other public relations materials
  • Monitors continuity of school’s graphic image

Website Maintenance

  • Inputs data
  • Creates pages as necessary
  • Manages and edits photos for publications on website


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field
  • Fluent in the latest technology/software pertinent to the role (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Current in field of e-communications, social media, internet
  • Exposure to graphic design principles
  • Journalistic skills—the ability to tell the story
  • Strong people and management skills Organized and proven commitment to deadlines
  • Outgoing and inquisitive
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver a high degree of accuracy

This is an overview of the position but responsibilities are not limited to the above list.

Terms: Looking for an individual interested in a career in communications and marketing and has long-term employment goals. Compensation includes salary and benefits. Specifics on health care benefits and vacation will be discussed during formal interview.

If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience and interest by March 1, 2013.

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To see all other open positions at The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Deep Creek Middle School, please visit the employment page of our website.

Eleuthera's Efforts to Eliminate Styrofoam

Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) partners with One Eleuthera and Out Island Eco Company to provide alternative disposable products to Styrofoam, on the Island of Eleuthera.

The Island School and CEI’s journey to becoming a zero-waste campus while extending the concepts of this model to our neighbors on the island of Eleuthera has taken patience, but we are now excited to announce we are one step farther.

This particular initiative began in 2010 as CEI outreach collaborated with the Deep Creek Homecoming Association at its annual homecoming festival “Conch Fest” using the tagline “da Creek gone green”. CEI worked diligently with the food vendors to source products that promoted sustainability and were a viable alternative to using Styrofoam. The venture was particularly challenging, as sourcing the right company to provide the products proved difficult. The import duty on Styrofoam-alternative products was 45%, which made using these replacing Styrofoam an unattractive and expensive option for the average resident. Through generous sponsorship CEI provided the products to the vendors, which drastically reduced the cost of going green.

Extensive research and communication with wholesalers of these products led CEI to connect with Out Island Eco Company (OIEC), formerly affiliated with BioShell Bahamas, a non-profit company located on the island of Abaco and led by Ms. Juliette Deal. As this partnership evolves, OIEC has successfully launched an educational and outreach model in Abaco and has worked diligently with the Bahamas Government to reduce import taxes on these ecologically friendlier items.

In 2012, One Eleuthera (OE) joined the cause and partnered with CEI and OIEC on this issue of promoting sustainability on Eleuthera through the use of bio-degradable products. One of the early initiatives focused on educating community groups about the use of the bio-degradable, compostable, and disposable products. Local groups and businesses were extremely receptive to the idea. Following these meetings Burrows, a local food store in Governors Harbour, led the charge becoming the first food store to stock the products, offering them to customers at wholesale and retail rates. Other groups on the island using these products include the Cancer Society of Eleuthera, the Rotary Club of Eleuthera, and Governors Harbour Homecoming.

As we launch phase II of this initiative January 21-25th, we are focused on obtaining three objectives;

  • Encourage restaurants and hotels to use bio-degradable disposable ware by creating sales agents (job creation)
  • Establish wholesale/retail relationships with local food stores including the Rock Sound Market and North Eleuthera Shopping Center
  • Launch an education campaign to be used in the lower schools throughout Eleuthera

Gap Year Program Update #3

Why hello there! Here it is…the much-awaited update of the Gap Year lord and ladies. The highlight of this week was our down-island trip, during which we got to see some groovy spots on the island. Starting at the Laughing Lizard Café with a breathtakingly close encounter with Lenny Kravitz, we journeyed north to Harbour Island. We put on our ritzy pants and ventured into the resorts, only to discover that Cape Eleuthera is a far more beautiful, righteous, and down to earth place to be. After scrounging around looking at menus of the various restaurants, we decided that instead of spending our college tuition money on a steak and accompanying beverage, we would retire to the fried food shacks and eat al fresco. A great time was had by all as we watched the sun set, munched on questionable fried items, and listened to the sage life advice of Scotty and Taylor. The next day we toured Spanish Wells, which was enticing insofar as it felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone, and the accents were delightfully funky. In order to understand what I’m talking about, one must travel to Spanish Wells and experience the magic therein. We went on to explore the Hatchet Bay Caves, bathing ourselves in spa mud and spelunking through the darkness. We spent the night at the abandoned navy base beach, ate delicious camping food, and fell asleep under the stars, which could be seen through our tent after removing the rain cover, and conveniently, it rained that night. Ah, nature, the sly little minx.

On our final day, we broke fast in Governor’s Harbour and toured the beautiful pink library, which awakened within me a deep desire to read children’s chapter books in a beanbag chair. As a final hurrah, we visited the Native Plant Preserve, which was by far my favorite portion of the trip. Our guide revealed to us a myriad of botanical solutions for aches, pains, itchies, and sexual lethargy. It was quite a lovely walk through a beautiful garden, which ended in bush tea shots all around. Yeehaw!!! A wonderful trip, another wonderful week. Dang, it’s good to be a Gapper.

by Hannah Shaper