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 The Seychelles.
The Seychelles archipelago is a group of 115 equatorial Islands, many uninhabited and unspoilt. Among the highlights are unique flora and fauna, stunning beaches and majestic mountains. The surrounding Indian Ocean boasts some of the greatest marine environments in the world. Whale sharks are frequently sighted offshore between the months of August and October. The whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean and is now seriously under threat from human activity such as over-fishing.
David Rowat from Underwater Seychelles started the Whale Shark Tagging Project in 1996. A microlight is used to spot whale sharks from the air, the pilot then guides the tagging team onboard the dive boat to the animal’s location. As the number of whale shark encounters increase, this has created the opportunity to use photography to identify individual animals. The information collected contributes to a research database at the Shark Research Institute in the US. This trip gives you the unique opportunity to participate in a worthwhile conservation and research project, and experience the whale shark’s enormous size first-hand.
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