Does the applicant organization have experience managing projects co-financed by international organizations? Please describe below
Belize Natural Energy Trust is co-financing Ocean Academy's classroom expansion project (2010 - $27,500usd).
Rotary and Interact Clubs in Alberta, Canada co-financed construction of Ocean Academy's computer lab and contributed volunteer labor(2009 - $4000cdn).
International Reading Association granted Ocean Academy $2500usd to publish an Anthology of student memoirs, poetry and stories (2010)
How will your project address this problem?
1. Aquatic Careers in Tourism (ACT)
•Marine biology instruction, with a focus on environmental activism, field trips and problem-solving pedagogy
•Scientific diving and underwater specimen sampling training and certification
•Scientific writing and research skills
•PADI Scuba, Kayak, Windsurf, Sailing, Kite-boarding, Sport Fishing instruction
•Mentorship and apprenticeship placements in aquatic adventure tour shops and hospitality businesses
•Creation of quality marine biology library collection and lab facility
2. World of Work (WOW): School to Business Training
a) Communication skills
•Resume creation, website text creation, report writing, press releases
•English and tourism (spoken and written English skills)
•Job interview skills
•Public presentation skills
•I.T. communications: emails, marketing tools, social networking
2b) Basic finance skills
•Basic business accounting
•Loans and credit cards
2c) Entrepreneurship training with emphasis on eco-businesses (current focus is innovative uses for plastic bags and bottle shore trash) and green jobs
3. Street onwards to School (SOS) Bridge Program
•Emphasis on environmental and community volunteerism to re-engage youth in their community and positive contributions
•Drug and Alcohol counseling
•Work Study placements and tuition assistance
•Tutoring and differentiated learning; academic-confidence building
4. Environmental Education Workshop Series
•Public slide shows, lectures or walking tours with environmental themes
•Target audiences include Environmental Club, island students, community members, and tourists who would be interested in an alternative leisure activity.
Who is benefited by the initiative? (Please highlight the type and number of beneficiaries, and their role in the tourism value-chain.)
Caye Caulker’s future business owners, home builders/developers, professionals, and environmental activists currently number:
58 high-school students are currently enrolled in Ocean Academy.
40+ children who attend Caye Caulker Environmental Club activities
300+ children enrolled in Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School
The Environmental Education Workshop Series would be open to the general public (a mix of students, 1300 adult community members and fluctuating numbers of tourists depending on the season).
How will the project's results assist the region’s tourism sector and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises?
Project: Training and skills development in aquatic tourism and sustainable development for Caye Caulker island youth enrolled at Ocean Academy. Re-engagement of marginalized youth in the education system and work force.
Benefits: Ocean Academy students will directly benefit from training in Marine biology, scientific method, communications, entrepreneurship, aquatic tourism sports. Marginalized youth will be re-engaged in their community and gain skills for a better future. Students will all develop skills and attitudes to become island leaders and decision makers. Local businesses (hotels, dive shops, restaurants) who mentor students will benefit from a skilled workforce pool. The island environment benefits since students will be able to get (or create) green jobs instead of low-skilled labor such as machete chop or dredging, that often destroys the environment.
Project: Develop Ocean Academy's site facilities into a world-class Marine Field Station and attract researchers, University field schools and voluntourists, who will in turn contribute to local conservation and efforts while also supporting the island's hospitality and aquatics industries.
Benefits: Visiting scientists and University field school instructors will contribute to island education and tourism by offering community workshops and lectures. Ocean Academy high-school students, primary-school children, Environmental club members, community members and tourists who attend will all benefit.
B. MIF Contribution (up to 50% of total budget and US$. 500.000 max)
C. Cash co-financing (at least 25% of total budget)
D. In kind co-financing (at least 25% of total budget)