RHS Spring break with sea turtles
We will be traveling through Ecology Project International (EPI), an absolutely incredible non-profit dedicated to conservation through student-scientist partnerships in the field. Their goal is to make kids active partners in conservation of our planet's most vital resources, while also teaching them scientific principles and research skills. Click on the picture below to read more about EPI.
Are you in 9th or 10th grade at RHS and passionate about making the world a better place? Do you long for adventure and the chance to learn by DOING science? Would you like to be involved in research that could help save critically endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles? Are you up to stepping outside your comfort zone and engaging in vigorous physical activity in rustic conditions? Then this trip is for you! Click the documents below and read all the details.
The total cost of the trip is $3,295 per person. It is all inclusive and will cover your airline ticket, all accommodations, all instructors & guides and their tips & all meals, as well as provide one chaperone for every 6 travelers. The payment deadlines are below. Please note that the 6/15/18 enrollment deadline can be adjusted based on need. I will do everything in my power to help students reduce costs, but students and families should understand that the parents and/or child will need to contribute significantly in addition to counting on fundraising. Here are many ways of reducing financial burdens on parents.
- Student Scholarships--EPI will provide $1,200 in scholarship money that I can distribute to our travelers. I plan to divide the money equally between those selected.
- Financial Aid--EPI has need-based financial aid available ranging from about $300-$600 per participant. Once you've enrolled, you can complete an application for this financial assistance if you think you may qualify.
- Crowdsourcing--EPI will provide each participant with a personalized crowd-sourcing page to share on social media. People can make contributions directly to your trip and many students raise hundreds of dollars this way, especially if they ask for donations in lieu of gifts at the holidays.
- Fundraising--This will be our 3rd RHS science trip abroad and we have a history of raising thousands of dollars through fundraisers like T-Shirt sponsorships, first aid kit sales, Chipotle dining, first aid kit sales and more. The more kids work fundraisers, the more they earn.
- HOSA--Join HOSA to engage in lots of extra fundraisers, in addition to the Sea Turtle specific ones. HOSA kids can work Science Saturdays and Camp Biomed, which could bring in about $500 in a year if the student is dedicated.
- Student Jobs--Many of the students who went on the previous trip to Costa Rica and many going to Europe are working in the community to earn money toward their trip. In fact, one student going to Europe is paying the whole way HERSELF, by working in Food Service. Don't expect your parents to foot the whole bill.