In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.
— Baba Dioum, 1968

When it comes to conservation, knowledge is power! One of our top priorities is to share our knowledge far and wide. Learning has no age limits and our message of conservation is the same whether you are 9 or 99. Active community involvement is our target for ensuring a positive and long lasting impact of our programme, and working closely with teachers and the public is the best tool we have found.

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changemakers at sea

Empowering students to shape their future

OUR i.b. SCHOOL PROGRAM

For summer 2019, we will be welcoming International Baccalaureate students on-board our ship for a week of marine science and conservation, following a highly successful pilot season in 2018.  The students will join our crew of professional marine scientists and sailors for a weeklong expedition on our research vessel.  As part of our crew, students will be 100% involved in every aspect of the work. This will include data collection, species identification, sailing, filmmaking and even cooking meals and scrubbing the decks. A large part of the experience is also community service, where every week we reach out to the public and share our environmental message with those around us. We believe our program fits perfectly for those who are looking to complete their CAS requirements.

Students will be encouraged to take initiative, problem-solve and persevere - helping them grow in self-confidence while acquiring new skills. Working with scientists, they will learn about ocean health, biodiversity, techniques in marine biology and most importantly, teamwork. They will discuss global marine issues, such as plastic pollution and its causes. They will no longer be spectators, but will be encouraged to become Changemakers.

I was very excited to see a program that offers young people the unique opportunity to experience life on a research boat first hand. After spending a week on a sustainable research vessel, we all walked away with a heightened sense of the impact that plastic pollution has on marine ecosystems. In addition to that, watching and learning to identify wildlife such as marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, and birds adds an incredible value to the trip. In summary, I found the experience to be educational, inspiring, and challenging; satisfying the three main components that any CAS activity should include.
— Diego, IB Biology Teacher, American School of Barcelona

Do you know a group of students who would love to come on-board? The expeditions will be filled on a first come first served basis. We aim to have all of spaces filled by early Spring 2019. Please contact info@alnitak.org to enquire about available weeks for the summertime. Download our program brochure to find out more.

The Lokahi Makai team sailed on-board the Toftevaag for a week alongside the Alnitak group. This is their experience!!

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CHANGEMAKERS SCHOOL COMPETITION 

CONNECTING WITH MALLORCA

What is it like to go to school on an island? Schools in Mallorca can see the direct impact of plastic pollution on their beaches and their coast. We want to help empower the next generation to become smarter, cleaner and to leave no trace. We're proud to join forces with Asociaciòn Ondine and their Dos Manos Program. This program teaches students to become critical thinkers and active within their community, exploring the issue of plastic in the marine environment. It’s offered to local schools with the aim of reaching and engaging as many students, teachers and parents as possible. It is a hands-on program, during which the students do a local excursion and conduct a beach clean-up.

We invite students to be part of a positive wave of change in the world of ocean conservation. Students will work as a team to come up with active solutions to single-use plastic pollution. 

The most successful projects, judged by a panel of scientists and educators, will have the incredible opportunity of joining the crew of the Toftevaag, our oceanographic research vessel for a week of conservation work in the blue waters surrounding Mallorca. By inviting students on-board, we aim to have an educational impact far beyond the deck of the Toftevaag.  Last year, our competition involved over 110 students from 10 different schools. The students came away with a life-changing experience, with our winning team even putting together a video of their time on-board. As more and more students help us spread a message of conservation and care for our environment, we take big steps toward building a stronger and more compassionate generation.