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Aquarium junior volunteers get chance to complete programme

Owain Johnston-Barnes

GT.JPGPupils enrolled in a competitive volunteer programme through the Bermuda Zoological Society have been given a second chance to complete it in the wake of Covid-19.

The Junior Volunteer programme requires a year-long commitment to support the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, but the latest cadre came to a halt because of the pandemic.

A BZS spokeswoman said: “When the JV programme was able to recommence in September, the coordinators decided to give last year’s JVs the opportunity to have a programme ’do-over’.

“A total of six students accepted the offer, and they are currently participating in the programme together with 12 new students.”

Alex Amat, coordinator for the JV programme and BZS educator, said that some of those who chose not to re-enter the programme still continued to volunteer at BAMZ.

Dr Amat said: “One student was offered a junior staff position at BAMZ.

“Students studying abroad have also pledged to come back and volunteer during their prolonged Christmas break after finishing their quarantine periods.

“We are very proud of their dedication.”

The spokeswoman said BZS volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of valuable husbandry support to BAMZ every year, with all programmes being accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The JV programme runs from October to June and is intended for pupils between 14 and 17 years of age.

It requires a year-long commitment to volunteer on a Saturday or Sunday morning each week, and gives participants the opportunity to work in all areas of BAMZ along with community conservation projects, field trips and educational activities.

 

About Bermuda Zoological Society

The shared mission of BZS and BAMZ is to inspire appreciation and care of island environments, and as the support charity for BAMZ, the BZS is an example of a highly successful non-profit/public partnership. Each year the BZS provide more than 8,000 free educational experiences through our Stempel Foundation BZS Schools Programme in addition to popular community programmes for all ages, development of BAMZ exhibits, and conservation and research programmes. Each year, BZS Volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of valuable husbandry support to the Aquarium and Zoo with all programmes being accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.