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
- 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.