The goal is to educate participants on four topics. Upon arrival, participants will be divided into eight groups. The groups will focus on the four topics mentioned above. Each group will have an instructor who will take students on boat trips and help them learn about the biology and ecology of local systems, including mangrove, sea grass and coral reef habitats. Activities will include boat trips, wading and snorkeling. It will be a hand-on experience, which will be both fun and educational. During these field trips, each group will discuss the biological as well as social background of their topics, first from a regional perspective and then from a global perspective, talking about their own countries.
It would be of great interest to all the participants if international students can share with us what is happening in their countries and how the discussed issues are being addressed there. We do understand that many international students have never studied these topics and may not know what is happening in their countries. For the last 23 years we have been organizing this International Weekend to learn together about our oceans and the threats they face. We ask our international participants to do research on the Internet about their countries and share this knowledge with other participants. We will share and learn together.
The boat trips and other field work will prepare everyone for one of the highlights of the International Weekend -- a roundtable discussion. At the roundtable, students will share what they have learned about their individual group topics with everybody, and discuss possible conflicts and solutions. Before the roundtable there will be time for each group to discuss their topics amongst themselves and prepare for the roundtable discussion. During the roundtable, the floor will be opened for questions and discussion from other participants on each topic. We encourage all participants to offer their own experiences, knowledge and perspective of these issues for a more global view. A primary objective is to focus on different perspectives or ‘sides’ of each issue and to develop an understanding of different viewpoints.
We recommend that you bring the following items:
- Sleep wear
- sleeping bag, linens
- Toiletries, wash cloth, bath towel
- 2 beach towels
- Bathing suit, sunglasses, sunscreen
- long pants
- long-sleeved shirt or a sweatshirt
- Socks, shoes
- old tennis shoes for wading
- Rain jacket
- notebook and pen
- Water bottle
- Optional spending money (to buy souvenirs).