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Office of International Education | Costa Rica Semester Abroad

Bahamas: Place-based Ecological Design

Course Location
Program Dates
Winter Session 2020
Travel Dates: 1/3/2020 - 1/11/2020
NR 195 - 3 credits
Hans Estrin
Please see below for more information about costs associated with this travel study program.
No prerequisites specified

View the syllabus

Course Description

This is the 6th year of an ongoing course that has developed a deep relationship amongst instructors, Bahamian South Andros community members and leaders, and even past students. Our work centers around growing the Ecological Agriculture Campus at South Andros High School and the homestead farm at “Holyland” . We have co-planned and built hydroponic aquaponic systems, shade systems, raised beds, irrigation system, greens wash/pack station, walk-in cooler, chicken house, egg hatchery, and beehives. This year we will work alongside high school students and teachers to complete two or more design/build projects, that will contribute to hurricane recovery and island resilience.

While working, we stay engaged with the course’s central questions: What are we doing here and is it actually beneficial for all involved? What are the impacts of my/our actions in this relationship? These questions will be examined thoroughly through personal introspection, group discussion, and through a framework of solidarity work (not charity).


Are YOU ready to enter a rich and on-going relationship? …To work hard in the Bahamian sun on great ecological design projects? …To meet amazing people and classmates? … To question the very presence of the course, the validity of our actions, and even your decision to be at university? To snorkel on a coral reef, jump into blue holes, eat fresh conch, catch your own conch, free dive, and enjoy a remote Bahamian beach?

For some live action, check out this great video HERE, made by 2019 student, Olivia Grieco.

Travel Study Costs and Fees

Program Fee: $1,765*

If you are admitted to the course, you will receive an email asking you to accept or decline the spot. To accept your spot, you are required to fill out the commitment deposit form and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit within 48 hours. For more information about payment policies and procedures, view the Travel Study Payment Policy.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at the time you are admitted to the program.


  • In-country transportation
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Cultural activities and excursions arranged by the lead instructor
  • Meals

Not Included:

  • College tuition and fees**, see UVM Student Financial Services
  • Airfare, estimated cost $760
  • Cancel for any reason flight insurance (strongly encouraged)
  • Baggage fees
  • Vaccinations and any associated costs
  • Passport fees
  • Personal and entertainment expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

*Trip cost subject to change due to unanticipated changes.

**Travel Study courses are regarded as normal UVM courses and as such, normal tuition and fees apply.

Country Information

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for information regarding country health, safety risks, and laws for the Bahamas.