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DIY Down Island Trip!

Ever think of coming back to Eleuthera and doing some exploring? Well, we are making it easy for you with this Do It Yourself Down Island Trip (DIY-DIT) guide. Check out the sites, eat some local food and relive the down island trip you took as a student. To make the trip a little sweeter, don't forget to check out the great deals at the Cape Eleuthera Marina & Resort for Island School alumni and alumni families. The Friends and Family discount is only available through December 22, 2014. Be sure to drop by campus and say hello as you set out on your DIT! DIT map-01You can download a copy of the map here: DIT map.

 

 

Summer Term 2013: Student Update July 6, 2013

Orientation Week continues with kayak and SCUBA! P7050849

The kayak trip was a great experience for all Island School students.  We learned the basic kayak skills, such as what to do in a situation when the kayak tips over.  The current was both with and against us at different points during the trip.  We traveled from campus to Triangle Cut then through the Marina to Sunset Beach.  At Sunset Beach, we began a lesson about the moon phases and how the position of the moon affects the tides.  We enjoyed a short snorkel and swim at the beach.  For lunch, we ate awesome PB&J tortilla wraps with great GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) on the side.

After lunch, we got back in our kayaks and made our way to No Name Harbor, where we explorP7050840ed the mangroves while fighting the current which tried to push us to shore!  The wind began pushing us back to campus as we started our travel in our kayaks. Although we were tired and sore by the time we got back, it was a great day on the water.  We finished up our kayak day by washing the kayaks and lifting them back under the boat house and we were free to explore the Cape for exploration time!

In addition to kayaking on the surface of the water and exploring the island on vans on the South Eleuthera Road Trip (SERT) this week, we began to develop a sense of place for South Eleuthera through SCUBA diving!

“We are ok!” Student’s head out to dive on the Cobia.

We took our first breath underwater and plunged deeper and deeper into the ocean.  In order to be certified divers, most of us had to develop skills such as buddy breathing, buoyancy, and other basic skills.   In addition to these requirements for certification, we had a great time taking in our surroundings.  A couple of ways that we made the dives fun were break dancing in the water and doing handstands.  While underwater, we also had the opportunity to see some really cool marine life such as: sting rays, battle stars, and many colorful fish.

Students on Boys Dorm Beach for the 4th of July bonfire.

Even though our orientation week has been really busy, we are learning a lot about where we are and we even found time to unwind on the Fourth of July to celebrate America’s independence. We roasted marshmallows on the bonfire and we made s’mores (which for some of us was a first!) out on Boys Dorm Beach. We laughed and sang songs that reminded us of home. We realized how close we had become in only a few days!  We lit sparklers and hung out all together.  We are getting even more excited for the Bahamian Independence Day celebration tonight in Governor’s Harbour!

Thanks to Taylor, Tim, Sophie, and Sydney for this Student Update!

 

 

Hallig House Grand Opening!

[slideshow] The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) welcomed government officials, Bahamian dignitaries and esteemed guests to the grand opening of its Hallig House. The event was celebrated within the context of the One Eleuthera Foundation’s Earth Day Weekend, as a symbol of how community partnerships with shared vision can support a future of sustainable development in The Bahamas.

Chris Maxey, co-founder of the Cape Eleuthera Island School, encouraged event guests to envision the impact of innovative green design technologies: “Imagine building systems that are a net exporter of energy and water, that use the sun to heat water and to cool living spaces, that process waste in a responsible way that helps restore ecosystems and beautify the seascape.”

Hallig House was designed as an educational model for island nations. Led by Warren Wagner of W3 Architects and designed by a team of conservation systems specialists, the building features innovative elements, which solve specific regional issues. The building’s structure and shape, construction materials, and renewable energy and waste management systems all demonstrate how local and national development can maximize locally available resources while minimizing impact on local environments.

The opening marked the first time that the Cape Eleuthera Island School has been honored by the presence of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes Governor-General to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He gave the keynote address at the event, seen in the video below. 

His Excellency thoughtfully articulated the history of The Bahamas, its current economic and environmental state, and warned “the beauty and abundance and richness that we take for granted are in danger. Our coral reefs, the source of marine wealth, are in danger.”

He placed the Cape Eleuthera Island School’s sustainability initiatives within the context of a greater global movement. “Among the peoples of the world who have reason at all to answer the call to mobilize in order to save our environment and the future of humankind of the planet those of us who live in these blessed islands should be at the forefront.”

He recognized the achievements of the organization, adding that “what is happening here at the Cape Eleuthera Island School is, I believe, not only exciting but essential and, perhaps, even indispensable to meeting the environmental challenges confronting us.”

Honored dignitaries who spoke at the opening also included Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China Hu Shan and President of the Senate  Lynn Holowesko. Also in attendance were The Honorable James Oswald Ingraham Member of Parliament for Central and South Eleuthera, representatives from the U.S. Embassy, and Her Excellency Giulia Broghese Ambassador and Plenopotentiary of San Marino.

CEI and the commitment to research, education, and outreach have been growing since being formed in 2007. Early on, the Board of Directors identified the need for a space to house scientists, donors, researchers, and other special guests on campus to share the expertise of their work. The multifunctional and collaborative space—Hallig House—now provides a context for idea sharing and educational collaboration.

The creation of Hallig House was made possible by a network of partnerships including local contractor John Norris Carey, and through the charitable contributions of Bobbie Hallig, Daniel Prigmore, Francesca Forrestal, Sally Searle, and Fred Danforth.

His Excellency finished his keynote address by congratulating all benefactors who were responsible for the creation of Hallig House, calling it a “magnificent experiment” in building and design.

Visitors are invited to tour the Hallig House and the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s ecologically designed campus. For more information on design systems or educational programming, visit ceibahamas.org

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Job and Internship Opportunities with the Cape Eleuthera Island School

We are currently accepting applications for a number of positions with The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Deep Creek Middle School. Please see below for each position for more information and links to applications. Island School Teaching Positions

The Island School is currently accepting applications for full-time Literature, Histories, and Mathematics teachers for the 2012-2013 school year. More information about the job and how to apply can be found on our website.

Island School Master Teacher in Residence

The MTiR position is a semester-long position designed for educators with at least 8 years if experience who are craving the opportunity to mentor young teachers and experiment with vanguard ideas in teaching. The Island School is currently accepting applications for master teachers in all disciplines for the 2012-2013 school year. More information about the job and how to apply can be found on our website.

Island School Teaching Fellowships

Year-long teaching fellowships are great entry opportunities for young professionals new to teaching. The Island School is currently accepting applications for fellows in all disciplines for the 2012-2013 school year. More information about the job and how to apply can be found on our website.

Deep Creek Middle School Social Studies Teacher

In this position, you will utilize a variety of instructional strategies consistent with the DCMS mission to teach national curriculum and the core values of the school. Our curriculum and pedagogy allows for a lot of flexibility as teachers focus on the real world concepts, skills and values that the students will need to be successful community members. Place and project-based lessons with experiential components are used to engage students. For more information and how to apply can be found on our website.

Cape Eleuthera Institute Spring, Summer, and Fall 2012 Internships

The Cape Eleuthera Institute offers college students a solid internship program that provides real work experience, professional development, outdoor exploration activities, and access to professional networks while living on a beautiful green campus with diverse people from all over the world. For more details and to apply online visit our website. Limited scholarship opportunities are available.

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Outdoor Education
  • Aquaponics
  • Informational Technology
  • Permaculture
  • Patch Reef and Flats Ecology
  • Lionfish Research & Education
  • Open Ocean Aquaculture
  • Shark Research & Conservation
  • Dive Locker
  • Marketing and Design
  • Boat House and Waterfront
  • Queen Conch
  • Sustainable Systems

Accounting Manager

The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of Finance and is responsible for providing financial, administrative and clerical services. This includes processing and monitoring payments, being responsible for the accurate and complete bookkeeping, assisting with purchasing, and helping with the daily operations of running a remote research facility.

Aquaculture and Wet Lab Manager

Primary responsibilities require teaching research, managing the day-to-day operations of a 5000ft2 solar powered wet lab, and all associated support systems, including a flow through seawater system, pumps, filtration systems, air blowers, oxygen generators and freshwater recirculation system.

Information Technology Specialist

Primary duties include, but are not limited to, hardware and software support for individuals throughout the three campuses, systems administration, and network administration. Working directly with the Director of IT, the successful candidate will be self-starter, with strong work ethic.

K4 Underway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MysxE7j0ix0

On Halloween morning, the K4 group departed the Cape for their eight-day voyage. K4 group paddled through the current cut into the Cape Eleuthera Marina and then onto open seas, where they will make their way around the southern part of the island.  This is the last of the groups to make the trip and they are expected to return next Monday.

Bon Voyage!