FLORIDA

SPRING BREAK MARINE WILDLIFE INITIATIVE

The Florida coast is home to spectacular wildlife habitats at risk, particularly for marine animals such as manatees and sea turtles. This spring break, help us to protect them.

Highlights

FOR THE FLORIDA: SPRING BREAK MARINE WILDLIFE INITIATIVE™ PROGRAM

  • Travel to Cayo Costa for an island camping adventure
  • Snorkel among manatees off the Florida coast
  • Contribute to meaningful service projects, such as sea turtle tracking and seagrass restoration
  • Visit Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium — an independent, nonprofit, marine research organization
  • Confront the challenges of habitat recovery and conservation

Global Leadership Adventures also plans to operate a 10-day version of this program over the summer. While the spring break version is similar, please note there may be some differences on the 8-day program itinerary.

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Program Overview

Make a difference in Florida by helping to protect and conserve critical marine wildlife habitat on and near the coast. At-risk environments in the region, such as those facing challenges including sea level rise and increasing pollution, are in-need of volunteer support. Students who wish to help combat the effects of climate change on the oceans, invasive species, overfishing, pollution runoff and water quality issues can make a difference this spring break.

And while you’re here in Florida, we’ll also make sure you have some fun in the sun! This is a spring break adventure, so there are beaches to visit and plenty of palm trees to rest under.

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Community Service

Sea turtle stewardship can help these gentle giants thrive again throughout the state and its coastal areas. After learning from the experts, participate in a day-long service activity focused on sea turtle tracking, protection and detection. Then, take part in a seagrass restoration effort. A foundational element of healthy coastal ecosystems in the region, vibrant seagrass habitat can have an impact on everything from nearby coral reef management to wider effects on ocean life. Threatened marine and coastal wildlife depend on habitat conservation efforts such as these.

On this program, you will complete 20 hours of community service.

Immersive Learning

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to one side, the Caribbean Sea to the other, Florida is at its heart defined by its coastline and proximity to large bodies of water. Discover how delicate the marine and coastal ecosystems are in the state, and how they affect one another. You’ll also learn how sea animals and habitat play critical roles in a healthy, functioning environment. Explore the challenges facing Florida’s once-pristine ecosystems are facing from the explosion of cities and suburbs as well as its potent tourism-driven economy. The hardest hit areas are often the marine and coastal areas, many with plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth!

You’ll also participate in peer-to-peer discussions and learn from local speakers about animals, wildlife, the environment and the most pressing issues facing them today. Visit Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and meet leaders of this independent, nonprofit, marine research organization who are working hard to address these important issues.

Adventure

Manatees, often known as sea cows, are herbivores who graze on aquatic plants in tropical waters. Frequently found off the Florida coast, you’ll snorkel up-close with these endangered, peaceful giants during a one-of-a-kind snorkeling expedition. Then, journey to Cayo Costa and discover the ins and outs of the island, as you identify native wildlife and comb for unique shells. Soak up that spring break sunshine too as you enjoy the Crystal River Springs Resort, before closing out your program with a visit to Venice Beach to enjoy the sand and surf. While this Florida spring break experience is focused on community service and immersion, you certainly can’t visit the state without a little fun in the sun.

Lodging

Home Base will consist of a mix of an exclusive hotel block and camping.

Please check back soon for more lodging details.

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Dates & Tuition

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FLORIDA

SPRING BREAK MARINE WILDLIFE INITIATIVE

8-Day Program
Ages 14-19
2021 Dates
MAR 27 – APR 03, 2021
APR 03 – APR 10, 2021
 
Duration: 8 days
Tuition: $3,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
Lodging: Exclusive Hotel Block & Camping

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

To save your spot, a $600 deposit and $95 application fee are required.

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