Marine Mammal Research & Conservation

Environmental Education

Environmental Education

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Environmental Education

Background

The Aegean Sea is one of the most important marine biodiversity hotspots in the Mediterranean, with some of the most extensive and pristine ecosystems, hosting populations of keystone species. Unfortunately, these marine ecosystems are at increasing risk of anthropogenic activities such as plastic pollution, illegal fishing, tourism, and climate change.

As a Greek NGO, Archipelagos wishes to work closely with the local community, making them part of the change in order to live in a more respectful way with the environment. Involving and engaging the local community into understanding the importance of nature conservation is key to achieving the conservation goals of Archipelagos. “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.

Environmental education team

The environmental education team is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating the Archipelagos environmental education plan. We aim to raise awareness about the ecological value of the natural heritage in Greece, the human activities that are threatening it, and ultimately, what we can do as a society to protect our ecosystems. The main topics we work on are biodiversity, plastic pollution and saving resources. Our education plan involves activities conducted by the team such as games and workshops with local island school children. Also includes the development of an online tool kit for teachers in Greece to conduct activities during school classes. In general, Archipelago’s education plan is directed to children 3 to 13 years old, but with the possibility of developing content for other audiences. 

Examples of recent internship projects

  • Weekend environmental education activities for Lipsi island children (3 to 13 years old).
  • Development of online open-access environmental education materials for schoolteachers in Greece.

Your role

The internship will consist of designing and implementing new activities and materials in line with the objective of Archipelagos environmental education plan, working closely with the local community to generate participation and engagement.

Technical skills

At least one of the following requirements is At least one of the following requirements is needed:

  • Experience working with children or willing to learn.
  • Experience leading environmental education activities or willing to learn.
  • Good organization skills.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm.
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Other skills

  • Fluency in English.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Motivation to live in remote places with simple facilities.
  • Sincere desire to word towards Archipelagos’ conservation efforts.

What we offer

We offer an internship at an inspiring institute with experts on coastal conservation. You have the opportunity to collect data for writing a thesis, scientific publications or increasing your skillset within the marine conservation sector. Internships range from 3 – 12 months, although shorter or longer internship periods may be arranged to cover the needs of groups or individuals. As Archipelagos is a non-profit research institute, the internships we offer are unpaid. The experience requires an internship weekly fee of 163 – 195 euros to cover living and research expenses (e.g. housing, 3 meals a day, public liability insurance and other research facilities). Students and recent graduates and researchers are advised to search for possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the International Office/ Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.

Procedure

To apply for this internship, please send an email to our admissions team outlining your program of interest and requesting an application form – [email protected] We will get back to you within 2 working days.

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