BENEFITING: SEAVIBE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2013
The 2nd Annual SeaVibe Community, Water & Art Internship offers university and high school credit for scientific fieldwork related to water resource management, cultural exchange, and human-environment interactions. Interns gain job skills such as teaching, public speaking, environmental data collection and analysis, and project management. They participate in community projects and gain volunteer experiences that improve their education and employment opportunties. This year, 24 students & 5 teachers who have studied water quality issues in Charlotte, NC and the Monterey Bay Area in California over the past two years, will carry their research findings and personal stories internationally to participate in educational knowledge-sharing workshops with students in Nicaragua. This collaborative youth network will allow US students to learn about natural clay and biosand water filter systems used in rural areas of Nicaragua, with the potential to benefit the rest of the world as we face multi-billion dollar water infrastructure and supply issues in developed nations. Nicaraguan students will learn how to conduct water quality tests to monitor water quality in their neighborhoods, and participate in an ongoing field study that started at University of California Santa Cruz in 2010. This grassroots field study, inspired by students who founded the SeaVibe Club at Olympic High School in North Carolina, brings together high school students in California, North Carolina, Jamaica, and Nicaragua as a foundational network of youth working toward positive change when it comes to managing water resources and ensuring access to clean drinking water for all people.
The 2013 SeaVibe Interns will leave on June 16, 2013 to travel to Nicaragua to teach practical water quality workshops that address how humam actions on land impact the water quality in our environment, especially marine environments. They will teach local students how to conduct scientific water quality testing and work at the local schools to educate students and the community about water-related illness, a leading cause of illness and poverty in Nicaragua and around the world.
Our original goal was $14,000, and we only have $4,000 left to raise! The SeaVibe Interns and teachers wrote a Seimens We Can Change the World grant proposal to help cover the costs of their airfare and travel expenses. This fundraiser is to help raise enough funds to cover modest meals and accommodations, transportation to and from project sites, water test kits, and art supplies needed to paint a community mural at a site deisgnated by the local school teachers and students
The internship provides a networking opportunity that facilitates knowledge-sharing and cultural exchange, and helps promote understanding, solidarity, and world peace among the youth who will need to work together as future conservation leaders.
To learn more about the SeaVibe Interns and teachers who plan to trave to Nicaragua, read the recent news coverage about their amazing water quality work @ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/31/3758436/olympic-high-helps-improve-environment.html?fb_action_ids=10151318524657141&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
To view a preliminary itinerary for the 2013 SeaVibe Water Quality Field Study go to http://www.seavibe.org
To view photos and videos of last year's field study, go to www.seavibefoundation.wordpress.com (and subscribe to our updates to follow the 2013 trip!)...and "Like Us" on www.facebook.com/seavibe
Thank you for visiting our Crowdrise site, reading about our important, life-changing project, and making any donation you can!
We appreciate your support and look forward to a successful fundraiser to make this socially and environmentally important project a dream come true for 24 students and 5 teachers!
Jacqueline Suzanne Rose
Founder & Project Director