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    Posted March 20, 2013 by
    Beijing, China

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    YCIS “Sea Turtles 911” Trip to Hainan Island

    From February 22 to 26, YCIS Beijing Year 12 and 13 Biology students visited Hainan Island to take part in “Sea Turtles 911”, an organisation that aims to rescue and protect sea turtles. Nineteen students took part in this worthy cause as part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). For five days, the students worked on a floating sea turtle hospital close to a small fishing village.

    When the students arrived at the hospital, six rescued turtles were being cared for and had these turtles not ended up in the hospital, they would have certainly made their way to the black market in Sanya being sold as pieces of jewellery. Every day, the students tended to the turtles by cleaning and feeding them, removing any rubbish from their pens and hauling in nets to clean. The students learnt a vast amount about the different species of turtles and their basic anatomy, how to identify them and place tags on them for identification.

    At YCIS, students are encouraged to work with charities as part of their CAS course to not only build up their CAS hours, but use the opportunity to give back to the community and provide service to organisations in need of volunteers. Whilst on the trip, after noticing that the small beach near their accommodation was littered with rubbish, the students took the opportunity to do a “beach clean-up”. As the trip came to a close, YCIS students were delighted to be informed that they would have the unique opportunity to release one of the turtles back into the South China Sea. After tagging the turtle and attaching a microchip to the turtle, the students headed to the beach in Sanya where they held a ceremony and named the turtle Betty.

    The students were treated to a very memorable trip in which they learnt a great deal about the conservation of animals and further enriched their knowledge within their IB Biology course.

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