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Hawaii: Sea Turtle Marine Conservation™

Hawaii: Sea Turtle Marine Conservation™

Journey to tropical Hawaii, where you’ll learn to protect its abundant ocean life and discover that traditional Hawaiian culture is very much alive today.

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Highlights

  • Visit Haleakala National Park, home to the world's largest inactive volcano
  • Snorkel in the clear waters of the Pacific
  • Learn to hula dance and participate in a traditional luau
  • Protect endangered sea turtles where they nest through participating in data collection, tracking methods, and habitat restoration
  • Journey along the iconic Road to Hana and take in the sights along the way

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Overview

Explore a side of Hawaii that most will never see as you work to preserve some of the world's most threatened wildlife. The island of Maui is home to five of the world's seven species of sea turtle, most of which are classified as endangered--poachers, habitat destruction, and climate change have threatened the "honu" (the Hawaiian name for sea turtle) as well as other ocean creatures that rely on the delicate marine ecosystem for survival. Learn all about these creatures as you help to restore their home and pave the way for future generations.

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Community Service

On Maui, marine conservation is the name of the game. Sea turtles in particular are threatened as their habitat is depleted. Green turtle populations are being impacted by events such as the 2018 hurricane that washed out the most important nesting beach for this species in the entire archipelago. Participate in beach and marine debris cleanups and aide with an underwater visual census, and employ more technologically advanced tracking methods. Other restoration projects will protect sea turtle habitat and may include tree planting, community education, or restoring facilities.

Hands-On Learning

Break out the grass skirt and lei: it's hula time! Dive deep into Maui's rich Polynesian cultural heritage through traditional dance and storytelling at a traditional luau. Watch endangered turtles bask in the sun as you gain firsthand knowledge of their nesting patterns. You'll hear straight from the experts about issues affecting local aquatic ecosystems such as climate change, plastics and poaching. Savor the tastes of Hawaii on a coconut tasting tour, and spend time on an organic farm, where you could learn about taro, pineapple, or other Maui crops and how they fit into the island's economy.

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Adventure

Journey along the world-famous Road to Hana, a wild and scenic route along the island's rugged east coast -- stop along the way to explore lush botanical gardens and remote waterfalls. Take in Hawaii's natural beauty from above as you take a ride on a breathtaking zipline. With over 30 miles of beaches to choose from, the island is the perfect place to try your hand at surfing or observe brightly-colored fish while snorkeling. Get your adrenaline pumping on a 450 ft. aquaball course, and cool off with a cup of shave-ice, a favorite island treat.

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Dates & Tuition

Hawaii: Sea Turtle Marine Conservation™ 12-Day Program
2020 Dates
Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2020
Jul 9 - Jul 20, 2020
Duration: 12 days
Tuition: $4,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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