Come to the Island School’s Cape Eleuthera Institute

Eleuthera, Bahamas! 

 

Spend a week engaging with the ocean and

having a TON of FUN! April 14-22, 2018.

Program Description:

Come where sun, fun, science and the marine world converge into an amazing and memorable experience designed for the engaged middle/high school student! Designed by the world-renowned Island School and led by professional and experienced Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) staff, this program features community living at an amazing seaside location, where we will discover new environments and focus on applying common environmental principles to tropical island ecosystems. Activities throughout the week are included in the cost of the program, and are catered to the desires of each visiting group. Some of the educational projects offered include Sustainable Systems, Introduction to Food Security and Ecology of Tropical Marine Flats, as well as specific species studies of Sea Turtles, Sharks, Lionfish & Patch Reef. Recreational activities include canoeing, snorkeling, beach volleyball, nature exploration, kayaking and paddle boarding. Regardless of your age, the Cape Eleuthera Institute is a place to learn, to teach and to experience. Come get your feet wet and your mind engaged in this wonderful, educational and FUN opportunity!



Who can attend:

Any student in grades 8-12. Because we have limited availability and can only take 18 participants, this program will fill up fast—so claim your spot for this wonderful trip!

Cost:

$2495: Includes round-trip flight from Boston, MA, accommodations, two full-time chaperones, three meals per day, program and applicable research fees, on-island transportation and transportation to and from the local Rock Sound Airport (RSD). If you are interested in using airline miles or points, please contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you.

 Dates:

Depart April 14th and return April 22nd, 2017 (depart and return from Logan Airport, Boston)


Have we piqued your interest? If so, please read on for more information and please feel free to reach out to us to ask any questions!!!!



Application:

We would like to ensure that this opportunity is a good fit for you. Participants can attend from any New England school, so in addition to being away from family for a week, there is also the potential of not knowing anyone else in the traveling group. Please send Program Director Eric Magers (magerse@seasidesustainability.org) the information below. A follow-up phone conversation will be set up as part of the process.

·       Participant’s full name and address, age, grade and school

·       Parent/guardian full name(s), address (if different from participant), e-mail and phone number


room and board:

Once we arrive at CEI, we will be provided three excellent meals a day (prepared with sustainable seafood and locally grown fruits and vegetables!). Part of the experience will include helping to clean the facility and keep the sleeping area tidy. We will be staying in gender-separated dormitory rooms. 

Refund Policy:

Engagement in this program has a no refund policy. However, if there is a waiting list and we can accommodate a replacement for the participant wishing to withdraw, we will expedite this process (with any fees and expenses incurred deducted from the reimbursement). It is likely that flights and associated fees and taxes will not be able to be reimbursed.

Registration:

All check, cash and credit card payments must be made to “Ocean Alliance” by August 15, 2018, in order to secure flights. We will fill the 18 spots on a first-to-pay basis; once an individual is accepted into the program, payment should be made quickly to hold your position. The program will run with a minimum of 12 participants; if the trip is canceled, all payments will be reimbursed.  

Scholarships:

Because of the small number of participants and reasonable cost of this trip, we are unable to offer scholarships. Future trips may include scholarship opportunities for those participants with financial need.

Passports and Visas:

All persons entering the Bahamas must have a valid passport, but a visa is not required. All participants will enter the country as students of The Island School on Cape Eleuthera. Your names will have been preauthorized for entry by local immigration.

Immunizations:

Because of the relatively safe conditions in the Bahamas, no immunizations are required for travel, although participants should consult their physician before travel.

Phones & Internet:

For the week while attending CEI, we urge participants to unplug from their electronic world and fully immerse themselves in the local environment. There will be internet access only in some locations on campus, but participants will be provided time to access it to contact family. 

Gear & Clothing:

All specialized gear will be supplied. Although a packing list will be provided, it is likely you already have everything you’ll need.

Necessary Documents:

Once you have been accepted to the program, you will be provided documents that must be filled out and returned, including passport copies, agreements, waivers and codes of behaviors.


Why travel with Ocean Alliance and Seaside Sustainability, Inc.?

Ocean Alliance, Inc., is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1971 by renowned biologist Roger Payne; it is principally concerned with the conservation of whales and all sea life, as well as with human impacts on the marine environment. Led by Dr. Payne and CEO Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics and genetics. Using that data, they work with their scientific partners to advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans to reduce pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, maintain human access to fish and other sea life, and promote ocean and human health.

Ocean Alliance, Inc., is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1971 by renowned biologist Roger Payne; it is principally concerned with the conservation of whales and all sea life, as well as with human impacts on the marine environment. Led by Dr. Payne and CEO Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics and genetics. Using that data, they work with their scientific partners to advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans to reduce pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, maintain human access to fish and other sea life, and promote ocean and human health.

With the high level of expertise and experience that we bring, your child is in the hands of professionals!  Our qualified educators and scientists of Ocean Alliance and Seaside Sustainability have over 135 years of combined experience in environmental education, scientific research and sustainability. Chaperones Eric Magers and Emily Arthur are engaged and cooperative leaders who have provided travel experiences to participants of all ages including five international trips. As Co-Directors of the charitable organization Seaside Sustainability Inc., they are committed to providing experiential programming and skill-building opportunities to local school-aged youth. If interested, please check out the Bio's Page on this site, or feel free to contact us directly to get to know us better.  


 

For further information regarding this unique and exciting opportunity, or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us via emai: info@seasidesustainability.org

 

More information about The Cape Eleuthera Institute:

Committed to Sustainability:

The Cape Eleuthera Institute’s efforts to usher in an age of greater sustainability and a more livable future began at its founding. At CEI, spaces are designed that reflect their values and help inspire creative thinking, while reducing the immediate and long-term impacts on the surrounding ecology. From onsite power and water harvesting, to locally derived building materials, native landscapes and innovative waste management strategies, CEI continually strives to improve their ability to live in more meaningful and less harmful ways.

                                                                                                                                                                                       The Cape Eleuthera Institute Campus

                                                                                                                                                                                       The Cape Eleuthera Institute Campus

Background Information (taken from the CEI website):

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The Cape Eleuthera Institute was born out of the growing need to expand both research and sustainable systems initiatives, operating under the auspices of The Island School. Capitalizing on the momentum generated by The Island School and the desire to address pertinent environmental issues facing The Bahamas and the Caribbean, core research and sustainable systems design initiatives were moved to the Cape Eleuthera Institute. This increases our capacity to undertake larger projects, create space for courses and workshops in tropical sciences and sustainable design, and facilitate more formal collaboration with other like-minded institutions and governments.

The Cape Eleuthera Institute is a facility that promotes a connection between people and the environment.

Our holistic approach to island ecosystems, philosophy of collaboration and relationship building, and intrinsic bond between primary research and education helps to create models of effective resource management and sustainable development. In turn, these model systems help to enhance conservation initiatives and economic prosperity at local, regional, and global scales. With a diverse array of virtually unexplored environments at our doorstep, the Cape Eleuthera Institute acts as a hub for exploration, primary research, and information exchange. Regardless of your age, the Cape Eleuthera Institute is a place to learn, to teach, and to experience.

Our location gives immediate access to flats, patch reefs, unique landmarks, the Bahama Bank, and Atlantic Ocean. CEI facilities were built using sustainable design concepts; the built space is an educational tool in itself and fosters innovation. As one of the most eco-friendly campuses in the world, CEI is contributing to the national dialogue and policy-making efforts to encourage more sustainable development in The Bahamas and similar coastal communities around the world.

WEBSITE:

For more information, please visit Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI). There is a tremendous amount of information online about this organization and we urge you to investigate for yourself!  Note that the Island School is just one of numerous programs offered by CEI.