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A journey propelled by the spirit of adventure and, more tangibly, the wind. 

 

 

Through expeditions the Island School’s mission, leadership effecting change, has the opportunity to expand throughout the world. Exploration in remote and untouched landscapes presents students with the unique ability to be immersed in a new culture and environment, and make a difference. 

Exploration

Our classroom is made up of sandbars, palm forests, cliffs, and coral reefs.  While sailing to a new place each day, the theme of exploration is always close at hand.

The Island School’s Expeditionary Summer Program is a partnership with Hurricane Island Outward Bound. This course is not only academically rigorous, but takes place in a physically intensive environment. As such, accepted students must exhibit an impressive eagerness to learn, adaptability, and perseverance. 

Our classroom is made up of sandbars, palm forests, cliffs, and coral reefs.  While sailing to a new place each day, the theme of exploration is always close at hand.

Sailing

After an initial week rotating through academic lessons and sailing training, we move onto the decks of 30ft Sharpie Schooner pulling boats and begin our expedition with an intensive open ocean sail across the Exuma Sound. Out on the water, the boat acts as a closed system. Students will learn about the importance of reducing and reusing the resources allotted on the boat. This mobile classroom will also teach students many lessons in sustainability and beyond. Throughout the 18 days at sea, students develop sailing and navigation skills in a multitude of open water conditions. Training includes understanding points of sail, weather patterns and tidal effects. On board, everyone is accountable for the success of the sail with rotating skipper responsibilities. 

Campsite

The Island School campus acts as an initial means for students to learn about marine ecology, conservation, and how sustainability can be tied into their daily lives at home. When on campus, students will camp in platform tents and drink rain-collected water extracted from cisterns with solar-powered pumps. 

Solo

The 'solo' experience is a staple of both The Island School and Outward Bound courses and the associated solitude will afford students a pause for reflection during an otherwise busy expedition. At the end of the expedition, students have the opportunity to reflect upon and solidify their experience with a 48 hour solo.

Research & Conservation

Another unique aspect of this course is the opportunity to spend time in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea park. This 176 square mile sanctuary is the world’s oldest marine protected area. During the program, students will be assigned to research project in partnership with the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI). Students are presented with three research topics concerning the three most economically prominent species referred to as the “Holy Trinity” of Bahamian fisheries; Nassau Grouper, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, and Queen Conch. After learning the taxonomy, ecology, cultural significance, and economic importance of these species, students choose to take on the topic which most interests them. Under the tutelage of head researchers, students will gain the tools to collect data independently across study sites throughout the Exuma Islands. This baseline data will be built upon in future years to identify differences between populations due to the species’ susceptibility to overfishing. 

 


Application Timeline

 

Rolling admissions starting October 1

Summer Sail: $9,130

June 30 - July 30

This program is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors


CONTACT

For more information e-mail us at expeditions@islandschool.org or call (242) 334-8552


 
 
The pioneer Island School Expeditionary Program was a unique experience never to be relived the same way. Through genuine experience learning and harsh hardships that strengthen your fundamentals. Being on campus and living and seeing this beautiful lifestyle is undeniably life-changing.
— Sebastian Alvarez ISXP '16