By Dian Hasan | September 20, 2009
Departing from the adage “teach them young and they shall remember”, one Singapore-based organization – Eco Field Trips (EFT) – brings school kids closer top nature for a most rewarding “out-of-classroom” learning experience. Their programs span the Asia Pacific region, and all the way to South Africa. Ranging from studying Marine Bio-Diversity, Turtle Conservation to understanding Agricultural Societies and their Organic way of life, and Indigenous People. Here’s a look at their program in Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand.
KAIKOURA, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Situated on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, the small town of Kaikoura is the ideal location for students to experience a unique mix of marine biology and Maori culture. Due to a large oceanic drop-off in Kaikoura Bay, upwelling currents bring nutrients to the surface, making it a haven for all kinds of marine lfe. Students will engage in a range of acivities which give them access to Kaikoura’s marine flora and fauna. One such activity is whale watching, where they will have the chance to see the resident sperm whales. Kaikoura is home to the dusky dolphin: one of the most acrobatic and interactive species of dolphin in the world and students have the opportunity to go snorkelling with these charismatic animals. Besides its wonderful marine life, New Zealand also has a unique and captivating history. Descendants of the Maori tribes which once prospered in these lands will teach us about their beliefs and rituals which provide an interesting backdrop for the trip. This trip runs during New Zealand’s summer months from November to May when the climate is more agreeable.
Eco Field Trips promotes EDUCATIONAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE, for students ages 11 and 18 with a choice of different programs:
- In-depth GCSE Biology and Geography fieldwork
- Focus on Environmental Education, Conservation, Biology & Marine Ecology
- A Level coursework
- International Baccalaureate standard trips
- Undergraduate research programmes
- SCUBA Diving courses
- Marine Biology for divers
- GAP Year placements
Source: Eco Field Trips