On March 4, 2017, student volunteers from the Sea Turtles 911-Hainan Normal University EcoPartnership won first place in the "2017 Volunteer Service Competition" for their volunteer service in which they taught sea turtle conservation to younger students in rural areas of Hainan province, including Haikou, Baoting, Danzhou, Ding'an, and Tunchang counties. On April 25, 2017, United States Consul General Charles Bennett visited Hainan Normal University to present the U.S.-China Sea Turtle Conservation Scholarship to two students, Tina Zhang and Kaia Guo. Since 2014, college students, Tina and Kaia, have been volunteering for the Sea Turtles 911 by educating tourists, children, and other students about the importance of conserving sea turtles. In October 2016, they trained 15 other university students to be volunteer educators, who then taught sea turtle conservation to 800 elementary, middle, and high school students in rural China from November 2016 to January 2017. This achievement in community service increased capacity to address challenges in sea turtle conservation and was recognized by the local government in an awards ceremony for the student group. For more on the U.S. Consul General’s scholarship award presentation, please click here.
The Sea Turtles 911 – Hainan Normal University EcoPartnership aims to empower local community members to safeguard health of the ocean; raise public awareness for the protection of endangered sea turtles; and increase community capacity and involvement in sea turtle conservation. For more information on this EcoPartnership, please click here.