After two long years of lectures, exams, and projects, eight final year students packed and journeyed to South Eleuthera for an exciting ‘expedition’. While it’s not a holiday, working in the picturesque, serene South Eleuthera area is ideal. The interns have begun a twelve-week summer internship with various partners in the communities of Rock Sound, Tarpum Bay, and other settlements in South Eleuthera. The first of it’s kind for UWI in the Bahamas Family Islands, the programme was named ‘Expedition’ by the Shaun Ingraham, CEO of the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF).
The OEF and Center for Training and Innovation (CTI) are instrumental in coordinating and hosting the students for the duration of the programme as well as coordinating with local partners and businesses to place students in participating businesses and organizations. Four CTI students have also been selected to work along with the UWI interns with the objective of transferring knowledge.
Key features of the internship programme are capacity building, innovation and training. The students bring a wealth of knowledge, new ideas and enthusiasm. This is beautifully meshed with the grit, innovation and commitment of local business owners who have committed themselves to succeeding in the hospitality industry.
‘Expeditions’ is a truly Caribbean affair. The eight interns represent five Caribbean countries – Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia.
The partnership and synergy between the various organizations, businesses and students is an uplifting example of what can be seamlessly accomplished when Caribbean people work together. The welcome reception hosted by CTI during the two day orientation was a welcoming event where we shared stories, backgrounds and even photos.
The first two days of orientation were filled with courtesy calls, brainstorming and logistics sessions, and strategic planning sessions. There was of course some fun with a visit to the CTI farm where we had a ball exploring and learning about the crops with CTI staff who were truly accommodating.
The Bahamian family island experience unfolds as the interns settle into picturesque Tarpum Bay, in enviably proximity to a beautiful white sandy beach. Days of hard work are bracketed by breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and post-work trips (across the street) to the beach have already become the norm. What better way to shake the stress and awaken creativity!
We are deeply grateful to the people of South Eleuthera for extending a warm welcome. We thank Mrs. Valderine Major, UWI-CHTM Student Services Manager with responsibility for internship for her support of the project. The One Eleuthera Foundation and the Centre for Training and Innovation have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Mrs. Audrey Carey, Programme Director, OEF has been an invaluable facilitator and Ms. Everne Anderson, Administrative Assistant, CTI – we appreciate the ongoing logistical support and attentive care. We also thank the staff and students of OEF and CTI for the support, attention and care extended to the team and we look forward to working together throughout the 12-week programme.
The OEF/CTI press release on ‘Expeditions’ can be viewed on the Eleuthera News website.