Love working with animals? Explore your passion and gain skills while shadowing veterinarians, observing animal surgeries and going behind the scenes at wildlife attractions. Gain first-hand experience at what it’s like to be professional in the animal care field.
Outside of your work with animals, sea kayak the crystal clear Bahamian waters, snorkel above brilliant coral reefs and enjoy the laid-back pace of Bahamian life. After this 12-day adventure into the world of veterinary medicine and wildlife care, you'll leave the Bahamas with so much more than a tan.
|July 6 - July 17||MS||12 days||$4,280||Available|
|July 20 - July 31||MS||12 days||$4,280||Available|
Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.
On the Bahamas Veterinary & Wildlife Care trip, students earn 10 hours of documented community service.
On this 12-day adventure, students will explore veterinary medicine as it relates to birds, mammals, reptiles and marine mammals. Studies will include federally funded projects, surgeries at rescue centers and general medical care at a conservation center in the Bahamas. Through service learning projects, students will learn how to interpret animal behavior, collect scientific data and how to properly handle a variety of different animals.
Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in the Bahamas, you will volunteer with local organizations on the following possible projects:
Arrive in sunny Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, ready to take your first steps on a unique veterinary medicine adventure. The group takes a little time to get to know one another and everyone becomes fast friends. Then, we’re off to sea kayak in turquoise Bahamian waters followed by a snorkel adventure in the crystal-clear open ocean. Practice identifying various marine species or simply soak up the beauty of this underwater paradise. After a delicious and authentic Bahamian lunch, hike enchanting boardwalks in Primeval Forest National Park and witness beautiful limestone caverns (a.k.a. sinkholes). You are clearly in the Bahamas now.
At a local zoo and conservation center, our team is given unprecedented access to an exotic array of animal species including iguanas, lemurs, parrots snakes and more. Learn alongside veterinarians and animal experts about animal nutrition, husbandry and capture and restraint techniques. Partner with researchers and collect vital data on resident flamingo populations as part of an ongoing research project. Then, delve into the science of necropsy, a key component of veterinary medicine, and put your new skills to the test in a necropsy lab. At the conservation center, rotate through different labs, gaining direct vet experience and confidence in your growing abilities. Then we’re off to shadow vets from the Bahamas’ Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services, visiting and inspecting large-animal farms and joining in on a zoonosis (disease transmission) and animal quarantine activity. Before embarking on the final leg of the journey, take time to snorkel in a protected coral nursery, amid colorful marine life native to New Providence Island.
Confident in your new animal-care skills, take part in hands-on animal welfare activities. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of an aquatic veterinary medicine lab and discover how vets and marine biologists work together to care for seals, stingrays and dolphins. Our team is also invited to observe spay and neuter surgeries up close and assist with additional tasks that benefit the welfare of the animals under their care. Across the island, we spend a full day on a beach-side farm. Here, we assist vets in vaccinating and inspecting goats’ health before a picnic lunch, complete with fresh-picked mangos. Before flying home and having to say goodbye-for-now to our tight new group of friends, we enjoy snorkeling excursions above some of the oceans most beautiful reef ecosystems.
The Bahamas Vet Program was truly the most amazing time of my life. I know everyone reads reviews for this sort of thing and they think “meh, okay it looks cool” but this program truly is so incredible! The hands-on experience you get here is incomparable. I can’t stress enough how this program changed my life. It taught me so much about vet medicine while still being fun and adventurous. I made some new best friends and I will never forget this trip. I can’t recommend it enough!
Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.
For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.
The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.
Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.
Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.
We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.
Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.
Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.
Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).
We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.
We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).
In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts – please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please call our office for more information on applying.