What is the time commitment?

During the program students are expected to complete 120 hours of volunteer service (this includes training, camp experience, and possible service project)

Because this is a funded program, students must commit to completing 120 hours of service before October 2020. The program is designed so most of these hours are completed within the camp placement. Students who do not complete 120 hours of service through training/camp placement are responsible for completing the remaining hours by organizing and delivering an ocean service project (with the help of professional mentors). More details can be found in the Ocean Service Section.

Who can participate?

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who as been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Must be 15 ā€“ 18 years of age

What if Iā€™m part of my schools Work Experience Program?

This program is designed to fit within the B.C. Curriculum Work Experience program. You can use the hours and experience gained at Ocean Wise to fulfill all the Work Experience requirements and our team will fill out all the employer sheets for you.

Does this fit into the CAS program required for IB graduation?

Yes! If you are in the IB program the program has all aspects of the CAS program integrated into it (Creativity, Activity, Service). You can contact [email protected] to discuss particular needs.

How many participants are accepted for each placement?

  • Spring placement has 24 full spots and 3 part-time spots
  • Summer placement has 30 full spots and 3 part-time spots per placement (Group A, B, C)

What is the cost to participate?

This is a fully funded volunteer program and there is no cost to the participant. For all training the program covers offsite travel, food, accommodation, and certification expenses.

What kind of experience do I need?

This program is about giving youth professional work experience and development opportunities, so we do not have any pre-requisites to be part of the program. We hope students come with a desire to learn more about marine biology, education, and working with children as well as a passion for learning new skills.

What kind of training is provided?

There are several training sessions that are mandatory for students to attend to complete the program. This includes the Vancouver Aquarium Core training and Animal Handling Certifications which take place on-site at the Vancouver Aquarium.

There is also a weekend leadership retreat ā€“ location TBD, that will include an overnight stay and two full days of team building, leadership training, and education/child management training.

What is the Ocean Service Project aspect?

As part of this program we encourage students to create their own ocean service project to stay involved with Ocean Wise following their placement dates. In the past students have run shoreline cleanups, led waste-free workshops, held film screenings, and campaigned to make their schools single-use plastic free to name a few. The ocean service project can be whatever the student is interested in.

Youth in the program will have access to professional mentors to help develop their own projects. Students will also be able to apply for Ocean Wise microgrants ā€“ up to $500 that can be used to fund their ocean service projects.

What is the YouthToSea Ocean Service Showcase?

The YouthToSea Service Showcase is a celebration event in October 2020. The event will invite youth that have participated in the program to share their experiences and service projects on a multi-day retreat at Camp Jubilee in Deep Cove. This event will have networking opportunities, outdoor experiences, and poster presentations.

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