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School in the Bahamas: Forfar Field Station, Andros Island

It's rainy and gloomy here, and I'm exhausted from all of the getting-ready-to-sell-our-house stuff that we've been doing the last few days (more on that later this week!).

What better way is there to avoid everything else that's going on than to look at more pictures from my trip to Andros Island?

Answer: there isn't one. At least, there isn't one that doesn't involve my passport and an overseas flight. 

The trip that I took to Andros Island was so different than anything else I'd ever done before. It was this crazy mixture of a college class, a vacation, and summer camp.

Before we arrived on Andros for our two week field study, I attended a weekly lecture class with my fifteen or so fellow travelers. We had projects and discussions that helped us learn more about the marine life, culture, economy, and wildlife on the island. 
My sister and our friend Lindsay getting ready for the evening's lecture while on Andros.

Then, once we actually got on Andros (via an incredibly tiny plane), all day everyday became this immersive, interactive learning experience. During the day, we swam in blue holes, learned about the art of Androsia batiking, and visited a community that disappeared from the world for over a hundred years
Dr. Castle checks on the projects of several of my classmates. Dr. Castle = Best. Teacher. Ever. 

At night, we'd eat dinner together and then head into the classroom for a lecture about the next day's activities or for a quiz on what we'd learned during our travels. 

Forfar Field Station, Andros Island, Bahamas

Our classroom was at Forfar Field Station, a quick ten minute walk from the hotel where we stayed. Forfar is a research facility that hundreds of students from all over the world call their temporary home while visiting Andros. 

Forfar Field Station, Andros Island, Bahamas
That sad little hunched over person in the blue hoodie is yours truly. Maybe I was having trouble getting myself together to study after a day of sun and adventure?

The guides that took us to the blue holes, villages, beaches, and islands were interns at the field station.
The two women sitting down were some of our awesome guides. I have no clue who the dour looking creeper is standing behind them.
For a long, long time after I came home from Andros, I schemed on how to get one of those internships--though (not surprisingly) a pre-law student majoring in Literature wasn't someone they were actively recruiting. Can you imagine anything better than living oceanside for months while escorting happy students around a Bahamian island?!

Forfar Field Station, Andros Island, Bahamas
I'd say that this view (from the beach right in front of the Forfar main lodge) is way better than what was ahead of me in law school.

If you're a teacher or administration at any level in school, you can arrange a stay at Forfar for your students. They tailor each group's itinerary to their needs. Groups can stay in the huts onsite and eat in the cafeteria in the main lodge. Because there was a younger group already booked during the time we were there, my group from Clemson stayed in a hotel just down the road. 

Forfar Field Station, Andros Island, Bahamas

The place is definitely rustic, but that's part of its charm. The wooden cabins, Androsia fabric curtains, and easy going staff made our time there feel more like grown up summer camp than a college class field study. If only every day at college had been that way! 

Have you ever done a field study or a study abroad session? Do you like staying in more rustic places or fancier hotels? 


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