Study Abroad Opportunities
We welcome high schools and colleges interested in offering study abroad opportunities. Since March, 2008, the Andros Beach Club has hosted more than 150 students from the U.S. including the University of Vermont Rubenstein School, Tufts University & Lesley University among others. San Jose State University in California is scheduled for July 2017.
The courses have included: Marine Biology, Nature Photography, Underwater Cinematography, Healing and the Mind, Service Learning in Sustainable Agriculture (hydroponics and tilapia farming), Library Science, Social Entrepreneurship and Bee Keeping. Future plans include: Interdisciplinary Arts, Yoga Retreats, History and Culture of the Bahamas & Bush Medicine. Accompanied by an expert in the field and in cooperation with South Andros Island residents and teachers, these students have enjoyed and benefitted from this unique academic opportunity and island hospitality. The Andros Beach Club and our local partners provide the accommodations, meals, island transportation, tours and activities. This established partnership has proven to be secure, accessible, and well organized.
Educational and Environmental Tours
Andros Island is recognized and promoted by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism as the Eco-tourism capital of the Bahamas. Andros Island is the largest of the Islands of the Bahamas and the fifth largest island in the Caribbean. There is a growing network of nature preserves in the Bahamas and in Andros Island. South Andros Island offers a lifetime opportunity for tourists, students and teachers to learn about this pristine unique natural environment.
In 1995, The Nature Conservancy completed an assessment of the Great Caribbean Basin’s biological diversity and identified Andros Island as a regionally important conservation priority both for its freshwater resources and the dry broadleaf evergreen forests found in the central and southern part of the island. Protecting these forests will also help protect a number of threatened bird species, as well as the Andros Rock Iguana and the Black Crab, all of which rely on these forests for food and habitat.
The Andros Beach Club has a strong commitment to the health and well being of the island and its children and families. To that end, there is a long standing relationship with the local schools to enhance the daily curriculum with experts unavailable on the island. In order to encourage this kind of “alternative” destination travel, we make lodging discounts available to those with qualified credentials who wish to volunteer in the schools. This has been approved by the local education authorities.