The Science Exchange
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Save sea turtles! The Science Exchange is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to train the next generation of students to become scientifically literate, international...
The Science Exchange Reviews
Grateful for the Experience
Submitted by Shelli - Fielding Graduate University | September 14, 2017
I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this program! Not only did I learn a tremendous amount about sea turtles and the global conservation issues that impact them, but also I had the cultural experiences of living and working in a tropical fishing village, practicing Spanish daily and understanding the cultural traditions that have shaped thinking about conservation issues. Upon returning home, many of my friends and family have commented that they notice a difference in me. I am calmer, clearer, happier, and generally more grounded in my purpose and personal mission. As a direct result of my participation with The Science Exchange Internship Program, I am better equipped to conduct and publish my own research as part of my continued education.
What I observed is the students who arrive with an open mind, participate fully, and see it through to the end can have “life-changing” impact and transformative results from their experiences. This certainly was true for me!!
My daughter's research internship
Submitted by janelle wissler - - | September 07, 2017
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Great experience learning about turtles
Submitted by Justine Thompson - - | September 06, 2017
My internship in Abaco was amazing! Loved having the opportunity to catch green sea turtles in the water and perform morphometrics, flipper tagging and FP monitoring on them! Abaco is a wonderful location for green turtle surveys and ample opportunity/locations to choose from depending on what you're studying! My focus was on FP monitoring and Abaco did not disappoint!
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Submitted by Kylie - San Diego State University | September 05, 2017
I would really recommend doing a lot of research about the program and organization that you go with and what to expect. I absolutely do not regret my decision to go with this program but I know some people who do. Make sure it's the right program for you before getting out there.
The science exchange research at Campamento Tortuguero Mayto
Submitted by Kara Hiebert - University Of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine | April 05, 2017
I completed this program over 2 months during the summer of 2015. I was placed at a sea turtle conservation camp in Mayto, Jalisco, Mexico. I decided to apply for this program because I wanted some more research experience, which is exactly what I got (and so much more!). While I was in Mexico, my research partner and I were responsible for completing a research project that examined the topographical changes of the sea turtle nesting beach we were staying on. Prior to the actual trip we met with the program coordinator, Katherine, via skype to talk about the project itself and all of the logictics of the trip. Katherine was very helpful in making sure we had all of the supplies and information we needed prior to leaving, and then she met us in Mexico for a weekend of orientation. The research project taught me a lot about what goes in to creating a project and the process of writing a scientific paper about it. The paper that I wrote with the help of several wonderful colleagues is actually currently under review for publication. I would have never thought that I would be able to write and potentially publish a scientific paper at this point in my education if I had not done this program.
Aside from the research experience, I was amazed by the work that the sea turtle camp (Campamento Tortuguero Mayto) does and the culture that I was immersed in. While staying at the camp, my research partner, other volunteers from around Mexico, and I helped with monitoring nesting sea turtles at night, collecting their nests to protect them from poachers, and releasing the hatchlings to the sea (my favorite part!). During the day we also helped out with cooking and some general maintenance of the camp, but it wasn't all work, no play. We also had plenty of time to snorkel, hike, and visit some of the surrounding towns.
If I had the opportunity to go back in time and do this project again, I would be there in a heartbeat. I fell in love with the beach that I was staying on and I met so many wonderful people. I took a couple Spanish classes before this trip, but I learned far more in the two months that I spent on this trip than I did in a year of classes. If you haven't taken extensive Spanish classes, though, don't worry! Most of the people I met along the way spoke both English and Spanish (I was always so impressed) and they were so patient while I was learning.
Of course, I would be remiss if I did not include some of the pictures I took on this trip. The scenery alone was enough to make me want to relive this experience again and again. I hope this review was helpful, and I truly mean it when I say that completing this program was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Program: Sea Turtle Research Field Course