Shark Guardian International Student Shark Ambassador

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About Shark Guardian ISSA Program

The Shark Guardian International Student Shark Ambassador (ISSA) program has been launched for you and other students like you, who are passionate about sharks and marine conservation. This is your opportunity to get involved and make a difference.  The Shark Guardian International Student Ambassador Program can connect you with thousands of students from schools, not just in your home country, but from around the world in a common cause to actively have a role in shark and marine conservation.

The Shark Guardian ISSA program connects you with thousands of students from all over the world for shark and marine conservation


Why we do it

Sharks help maintain the health and balance of the ocean ecosystem, which is vital for all life on Earth

As apex predators sharks protect our oceans by maintaining the health and balance of the marine ecosystem. The ocean is the planet’s largest ecosystem and is vital for all life on Earth

Between 70 to 100 million sharks are killed each year

Between 70 to 100 million sharks are killed each year and many people do not know about it

One third of all sharks and rays are threatened with EXTINCTION

One third of all sharks and rays are threatened with EXTINCTION

Many people fear sharks, yet they don't know much about them and their importance. With your help we can change this

Many people fear sharks, yet they don’t know much about them and their importance. With your help we can change this

As our International Student Shark Ambassador, you can help make a difference for shark conservation by educating others and motivating action with Shark Guardian backing you up


What does a Shark Guardian ISSA do?

  • Learn more about sharks and conservation through our lesson plans, presentations and worksheets found in the Shark Guardian ISSA Resources Page. These resources will be available to you once you have registered as a Shark Guardian International Student Shark Ambassador
  • Once you have completed our flexible training program (details below), you can give presentations to your friends, school or year group about sharks and marine conservation
  • Organize events, workshops and projects together with other students in your school to help educate people about sharks and marine conservation
  • Working together with your teachers and other school students, help organize fundraisers for shark conservation and projects supported by Shark Guardian
  • Work closely with a worldwide and very active shark and marine conservation charity
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Become a leader with the Shark Guardian International Students Shark Ambassador program for shark and marine conservation projects worldwide


How you’re going to do it

STEP 1: Register as a Shark Guardian International Student Shark Ambassador

Requirements:

  • Student currently enrolled in an International School
  • Age 10-18
  • Willing to participate in training sessions scheduled together with your teachers, other registering ISSA students and Shark Guardian. Training sessions can be arranged once a month. See more details below
  • Responsible, motivated, and passionate about sharks and marine conservation
  • Ability to work with Shark Guardian staff members and other Shark Guardian ISSA members
  • COST: Shark Guardian is a non-profit Uk registered charity. All donations raised go 100% towards Shark Guardian projects worldwide. In order to cover the costs of training, study materials, students resources and ISSA merchandise you will receive, we ask Shark Guardian ISSA members to make a donation of GBP 30 to Shark Guardian

Once you have registered you will receive an email of acknowledgement and be provided with a password to gain access the the Shark Guardian ISSA Resources page.

STEP 2: Access Shark Guardian ISSA  resource page to download the following materials:

  • Shark Guardian ISSA Presentation and outline notes: Why sharks are important
  • Shark Guardian ISSA Presentation and outline notes: Interesting sharks and facts
  • Shark Guardian ISSA Presentation and outline notes: Threats to sharks
  • Shark Guardian ISSA Presentation and outline notes: How to get involved with shark conservation

More information about how these presentation lesson plans are used and studied will be explained in detail when your registration has been completed.

Other resources are also available for you to download and use at your discretion. These include:

  • Shark Guardian information leaflets
  • Shark Guardian educational shark posters for classrooms
  • Shark Guardian shark fact sheets

Shark Guardian ISSA Training

For training, you will spend a day working closely with the Shark Guardian Directors or Shark Guardian Leaders, either in person, or via several skype sessions. Training will include looking at and discussing the key sections of the Shark Guardian presentation, which will then form the focus of the student led sessions that you will run at your own school. You will be asked to present a small presentation to the person helping you train, so that guidance, feedback and helpful tips can be given, ready for you to present to your school. 

As Ambassadors, we get the satisfaction of knowing we are making a difference

You will further develop your leadership, communication, and presentation skills while building your CV. One of the best things about being an Ambassador is getting to meet and work with each other on projects we are all passionate about. Shark Guardian provides you with many amazing opportunities to get involved with shark and marine conservation, even after your graduation!

Other Shark Guardian research and citizen science projects and activities you could get involved with include:

  • Shark Guardian Leader program
  • Shark Guardian – Shark Researcher Course
  • Shark Guardian – Shark Researcher Scuba Diver/Snorkeler Course
  • Thailand eShark Project
  • Indonesia eShark Project
  • Whale research
  • Leopard shark research
  • Worldwide shark data collection

READY TO APPLY

Start now and DOWNLOAD THE SHARK GUARDIAN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SHARK AMBASSADOR APPLICATION FORM HERE. After it has been completed, you can email it to us.  You will then receive a personal email back from the directors of Shark Guardian (either Brendon or Liz) in about 7 days. Once you have been accepted to the program, you will need to register for a training session, which are scheduled once a month.

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