A lot of other trips people do are just tourism, but this was really learning about conservation and ecology.
“The teaching model for EPI fits beautifully with my teaching philosophy. I teach my science for elementary teachers by inquiry, and so I use that process all the time. I had to learn how to do that – it’s hard to teach that way at first, but once you teach that way, you don’t ever want to go back. I loved the level of participation during the fellowship, the level of learning and teaching that went on, the real-life experiences that we had with the turtles & whales – a lot of other trips people do are just tourism, and this was really learning about conservation and ecology.
If you’re thinking about applying, go for it, absolutely. Apply. Apply. Apply again if you don’t get accepted – it was a life-altering event for me. I definitely encourage it. Think about your level of comfort and whether you could do it or not, but don’t let that stop you from going. Because you can adapt to anything.”
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