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CETUSA is dedicated to the mission of "reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding." We support this mission through the implementation of exchange programs for high school students - both American and international - and trainee and internship programs for university students/young professionals. This blog space is meant to continue the conversation on the value of education through experience - more specifically the experience of study abroad. There will be guest blogs here as well as announcements of resources for students, parents and teachers to learn more about study abroad and the global perspective.

An Oceanside Hike with CETUSA

Posted in CETUSA News, and Trainee/Internship

“Hello All! We’d like to once again bring your attention to another one of CETUSA’s many ocean health related activities. In order to celebrate World Ocean’s Day, CETUSA and one of our representative’s set out to organize a five mile hike along the ocean front in Hawai’i. With this event we wanted to not only to promote the values of environmental stewardship, but also to bring together our participants in Hawai’i so that they can share their experiences in the program thus far. Altogether, there were 20 people that went on the hike including 8 CETUSA participants and 2 CETUSA representatives.

Along the way, CETUSA representative Aaron Watson used his vast knowledge of native flora and fauna to point out interesting sites including an albatross preserve and an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Other sightings included gorgeous ocean views and a large baby albatross! At the end of the hike there was a picnic lunch in which all of the participants shared their experiences with American culture and their feelings about ocean health and environmentalism.

Participants along their hike.
Participants along their hike.

We heard a lot of great feedback about the hike from participant. One hiker said “I really enjoyed hiking! There was yummy food, cold beverages, tents, and chairs. Thanks for planning this…I enjoyed real nature of Hawaii!”

Everyone was trying to get a shot of the baby albatross!
Everyone was trying to get a shot of the baby albatross!

Another one of our participants noted that it was such a perfect, beautiful day for a nature walk. It would seem the nature sightings are just the icing on the cake!

Did you participate in any ocean cleanups? Are you interested in learning more about ocean health and what you can do to promote it? Let your program administrator know today!”

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