The ‘i sea, i care’ Ambassador program is designed for students in Years 5 and 6. Usually four students are chosen to be Ambassadors from that school for that year. They learn about what lives in our bays and waterways, and the many issues facing them.
Through peer-teaching workshops, the Ambassadors develop the skills and self-confidence to pass their knowledge on. They tell their peers, lower classes, school assemblies and other groups about Victoria’s Living Marine Treasures, and that they’re too precious to lose!
There are four workshops throughout each ‘i sea, i care’ year. Some schools overlap their years, and so workshops are not necessarily run in a calendar year. By having each workshop attended by all ‘i sea, i care’ schools in a region, friendships can develop across schools.
Each ‘i sea, i care’ school receives four newsletters during the year. These show what the Ambassadors have done each term, as well as topical pieces. The schools are encouraged to include these in their own newsletters.
The Ambassadors and their school are also encouraged to fundraise for the Dolphin Research Institute in fun ways during the year. Our Walk for Western Port on the first Sunday in May is a family day that brings out hundreds of people walking around the Hastings foreshore. The ‘i sea, i care’ Ambassadors are there in force, even with banners showing their commitment to the marine environment.