Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars (BESS) Programme

BESS is a partnership between BREEF and the Cape Eleuthera Island School to train the next generation of environmental leaders. The programme consists of a unique year-long work and study experience programme endorsed by the Ministry of Education that includes an engaging internship and a full scholarship gifted by the Cape Eleuthera Island School.

The BESS programme is for motivated graduating high school students between the ages of 15-18 who are interested in learning more about the environment, conservation and sustainable systems as they transition from high school to university studies.

Since the programme’s inception fourty-one BESS Scholars from schools throughout the country have participated in the programme.

What does the programme entail?

  • A 100-day semester at the Island School in Cape Eleuthera.
  • A 4-month paid internship at BREEF or another environmental conservation organization such as BNT or Friends of the Environment

Experiences/Skills gained.

  • Learn more about national/global issues in sustainable development.
  • Become part of conservation efforts in The Bahamas.
  • Participate in field research.
  • Develop your water skills (swim, snorkel, SCUBA).
  • Training in First Aid & CPR.
  • Enhance your computer & public speaking skills.
  • Network with scientists and other professionals in the field.
  • Study marine ecology.
  • Prepare for college.
  • Connect with the environment around you.


  • 15-18 yrs old.
  • 2.50 Minimum GPA
  • Bahamian citizen or eligible for Bahamian citizenship.
  • Demonstrate an interest in the environment and environmental sustainability.