ConnectOcean Outreach Goals
- Citizen Science Expeditions
- Photography Expeditions and workshops
- Social Entrepreneurship and Life Skills workshops
- Corporate Teambuilding programs
- Swimming skills & “stay safe around water” courses and campaigns
- Adaptive scuba diving training for disabled people
- Educational adventure summer camps and expeditions for students
- Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives
Each Outreach experience supports challenged communities or marginalized groups, and seek to provide a meaningful solution to address the recovery and long-term preservation of healthy marine ecosystems.
Experienced and accomplished educators, researchers and conservationists will immerse the participants in a program that combines adventure, culture and philanthropy.
Citizen Science Expeditions
Your participation will help support these projects and you will be awarded the opportunity to work alongside local academics and environmental advocates, providing baseline data to research and conservation institutions. Our expeditions seek to bring out and foster your passion for our natural environment by immersing you in nature-based activities, which will transform you! Participants will acquire a range of useful new skills, including a deeper understanding of the diverse ecosystems and its inhabitants. Join us to discover, connect and protect, and become a positive advocate for change! Our expeditions are currently offered to stunning seascapes in Costa Rica, Panama, Oman, Malaysian Borneo, Philippines and Indonesia.
Our volunteers are trained to become trainers themselves, tutoring selected members of their host community to become “ConnectOcean Certified” civic reporters. The goal of this program is to provide the community with the capacity to utilize the power of photography and the written word to foster social and environmental change at communal level.
The art of photography will be used to create awareness and protect ecologically- and culturally important environments.
In collaboration with Social Entrepreneurs, we impart knowledge and skills to create revenue-generating opportunities and social empowerment.
Marine Art and Calligraphy Workshops for women in fishing villages. The artworks are sold or auctioned off at fundraising events and profits reinvested in health- and educational projects in these communities.
“Upcycling” projects (recycling of used materials into something of higher value) for single mothers, refugees or people with life changing injuries. An example is the use of bicycle- and car inner tubes, which are used to create fashion accessories such as yoga mat bags or purses. These items are sold through partner boutiques and fair trade outlets, and proceeds reinvested into the community.
SAFE SWIM (swimming skills) and “stay safe around water” courses and campaigns are offered through ConnectOcean’s own Swimming Academy and Water Safety School in Costa Rica. Volunteers are trained to teach children in coastal communities the principles of staying safe during activities on boats or along the shore.
Adaptive Dive Training
Sin Limités, Connect Ocean’s adaptive diving program, is focused on capacity building to develop life skills and create awareness within the community by integrating volunteers in a program that offers dive training to people who have sustained life changing injuries. The Program contributes to their mental and physical health, fostering strong social bonds and rehabilitation opportunities.
Americas & Middle East
Ernst Van der Poll
Chief Executive Officer
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
WhatsApp: +506 8575 9418
Asia Pacific & Europe
Executive Director Asia-Pacific