Young Bahamians Boast BESS is an ‘Extraordinary’ Educational Experience

After months of field trips, school presentations, coral reef restoration, marine life surveys, shark education, and turtle tagging, Alexis Saunders and Krystynia Pyfrom are eagerly preparing for an exciting semester at The Island School in Cape Eleuthera.

Alexis and Krystynia are recent high school graduates who completed a 4-month paid internship in December 2017, as the first part of their experience in the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) Programme 2017-18 cycle.  In March of 2018, they will join youth from around the world for the spring semester at The Island School; a unique sustainable living campus where students discover sustainable solutions to real-world problems using the environment on South Eleuthera as their classroom.

Left – Krystina, Right – Alexis

They are trading places with Kenaro Malcolm and Jason Petty who completed The Island School Fall 2017 semester and are soon starting their internships with BREEF and BNT in New Providence.

Kenaro Malcolm (Middle) during a scuba dive

Jason Petty Cliff diving in South Eleuthera

“I embraced the experience and plunged into a whole semester of adventure, science and relationships. Research groups, shark diving, intense morning workouts and ocean expeditions are just a few particulars of the amazing things I’ve done at the Island School.” Kenaro Malcolm

“My experience at the Island School has been nothing but spectacular. My favorite part of the Island School is and always will be the community. Everyone is there to help you in your quest and they want nothing but the best for you.” Jason Petty

The BESS Programme is a one-year mentorship programme for graduating high school students in The Bahamas with a keen interest in the environment, eco-tourism and sustainable development.

Since 2008, forty-one young Bahamians have benefited from this exceptional educational experience, with most scholars going on to pursue related tertiary studies and/or are now employed in the field. Special thanks to all our partners, donors and sponsors whose support makes these opportunities possible.