Yes, this summer I’m doing a summer internship in the Bahamas. Since there are a few questions that people have, I figured I would answer them here and do my best to blog about my experience.
Q: What exactly are you doing this summer?
A: I’m working at a small dive resort doing some environmental sustainability work. There are four of us here from Duke [I kind of knew two of them and had never met the third], three people are working on designing and installing a solar hot water system for the resort and I’m working on more general sustainability stuff. My main projects are updating their Environmental Management System, conducting a lighting retrofit and communicating their sustainability initiatives internally and externally.
Q: Where exactly are you?
A: I’m on Andros Island, the largest island in the Bahamas. It’s kind of remote, even though we’re about a 15 minute plane ride from Nassau, mail takes forever to get here [if it ever gets here] and I don’t think there are any real grocery stores, just corner stores. In the three weeks I’ve been here I have left the resort only 3 times, once on a bike ride the second day I was here, once to go out last weekend and last night for Crab Fest.
Q: What does a typical day look like for you?
A: Well, living at a place where everyone else is on vacation is a little bizarre since every day is different yet lacking in any distinctive features that would clue you into what day of the week it is. For instance, yes today is Saturday but I’m still working and yes, yesterday was Friday but all I did was hang out, watch a movie and then go out with friends. So we don’t have a typical Monday through Friday work schedule because we never know what day of the week it is. Monday might as well be Thursday which might as well be Saturday. [And I know I did a terrible job explaining that, sorry. ] Anyways so since every day is the same but different, it’s hard to say what a typical day looks like. So I’ll just tell you a general idea:
8:45a- Wake up and go to breakfast. [The only reason I wake up is for breakfast, if I had a fridge and didn’t have to rely on breakfast being served, which is awesome don’t get me wrong, I probably wouldn’t wake up until 10.]. If I’m going diving that day, I scarf down my breakfast and run to the dock to make it to the boat. If I’m not, I take my time and eat s u p e r slowly.
10a- Go back to my room which doubles as our office to check email, think about what I want to do that day, browse Facebook, etc.
11ish- Go for a swim in the ocean/ paddleboard/ kayak/ read in a hammock
12:30- Lunch where I ask the people who went diving that morning how their dive was. [Many conversations here revolve around diving].
Afternoon- Do work
4:30ish- I didn’t do a water activity in the morning, I usually do it now. Or I go for a walk on the beach/ explore.
6:30p- Mandatory happy hour. Nope not kidding. During this time we mingle with the guests. And drink. And eat appetizers. It’s actually pretty fun. I’ve become somewhat of a bar tender which is something I might write about later.
7:30p- Dinner where I ask the people who went diving that afternoon how their dive was.
8:30p- Daily dive video where we watch a video of that day’s dive. It’s pretty cool getting to see what everyone saw that day underwater.
8:45p- That crucial moment where you decide between going to bed immediately or staying up until 1am. [In the beginning I totally went to bed early, but now that I know everyone, I stay up. ]
9pm-? Party/ hang out at the bar. Yes this happens every single day.
So there you go! The three most asked questions about my summer situation. I’ll be back later with more stories about this summer.