Volunteer and Internship Programme:
the Volunteer and Internship Programme (VIP) encourages young people in Sarteneja to develop an awareness of conservation, to participate in conservation activities, and to actively promote conservation and environmental stewardship. The programme has gone from strength to strength, with over 175 upper primary students participating since its establishment in 2010.
SACD awards 4 new high school scholarships each year to those VIP students that show the greatest motivation and conservation leadership. Each scholarship covers one year of student tuition fees. Scholarship students participate in SACD activities, learning skills such as GPS use and map reading, biodiversity monitoring and field data collection, data analysis and reporting. They assist with SACD events such as Manatee Day, the Sarteneja Community Day, and the Independence Day float, and participate in training events, expanding their knowledge and experience of conservation in and around the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.