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Tioman Turtles Global Concern supports the Juara Turtle Project on Tioman Island, Malaysia. The aim of the Juara Turtle Project is to help rejuvenate the habitat and protect the two remaining species of sea turtles that nest on Tioman Island. Eggs are collected from the east coast of Tioman and brought to a hatchery compound for protection from poaching and natural predators. Hatchlings have minimal interference and are released from their natural nesting beach almost immediately after birth. The project is a self-sustainable, low impact establishment, which helps the turtles increase their natural population.
UWCSEA began their partnership with the Juara Turtle Project in 2006. The school sponsors the project in the form of annual financial donations raised by the Tioman Turtles Global Concern and from the school’s Environment budget.
In addition, all Grade 6 students visit the project as part of their yearly expedition to Tioman. Grade 11 students have the opportunity to visit the site during Project Week, when they are put to work doing construction, egg nesting and turtle studies. During this rewarding hands-on process, they learn what it takes to run a self-sustaining conservation project. UWCSEA also runs a Gap Year programme, where new graduates volunteer for several months at the Juara Turtle Project before heading off to university. While working for a valuable environmental cause, these students get the chance to reflect on their own self-development and potential.
This is a Middle School Global Concern.