Sanya Sea Turtle Conservation

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5 Days
About this Journey

Sanya is a beautiful coastal city on Hainan, an island province off China’s southern coast. By its island nature, Sanya is home to a diverse cast of aquatic creatures. Students will be engaging in service learning through volunteering at a local turtle sanctuary to learn more about marine biology and animal caretaking.

Where you're going
Sanya Map
Learning Objectives
  • Eco Diversity
Program Details

Day 1: Welcome to Sanya

  • Meet WildChina program leader at Sanya
  • Check in hotel
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Viewing of Turtle, the Incredible Journey

Day 2: Floating Hospital Volunteering

  • Meet at volunteer house for breakfast and schedule for day
  • Leave for fishing village
  • Floating Hospital Introduction & Duties:
    • Sea Turtle Patient Introduction (names, histories, maladies)
    • How to Handle Sea Turtles
    • Daily Volunteer Duties Training
  • Lunch
  • Free / Rest Time
  • Meet at house & go to hospital
  • Presentation on General Sea Turtle Biology at the Floating Hospital
  • Hands-on Sea Turtle ID Activity
  • Dinner
  • Evening Activity, Sea Turtle Biology Jeopardy!

Day 3: Sea Turtle Volunteering

  • Meet at volunteer house for breakfast and schedule for day
  • Leave for fishing village
  • Arrive at hospital, students in charge of duties
  • Presentation on Sea Turtle Conservation
  • Lunch
  • Free / Rest Time
  • Wear bathing suits, hats and board shorts this afternoon!
  • Meet at house – Presentation on Sea Turtle Lifecycles
  • Leave to go to beach on Monkey Island
  • Sea Turtle Life Cycle Beach Activity
  • Free Swim
  • Dinner with Host Families in Fishing Village
  • Evening spent with hosts

Day 4: Whale Shark Biology and Nighttime Beach Walk

  • Breakfast at host family’s home
  • Meet at volunteer house
  • Presentation on whale shark biology / conservation
  • Leave for boats, head out to see whale sharks
  • Lunch
  • Free / Rest Time
  • Presentation on Sea Turtles in their Ecosystems
  • Head out to the hospital
  • Turtle Baths, Measurements & Weights
  • Dinner
  • Evening Activity, Nighttime Beach Walk

Day 5: Last Day of Caretaking and Departure

  • Meet at volunteer house for breakfast and schedule for day
  • Leave for fishing village
  • Arrive at hospital for last day of caretaking
  • Closing ceremonies / awards / farewell / thank you!
  • Lunch
  • Transfer back home

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