Taking in Local Sites
A Visit to Orlando
Newfound Harbor Marine Institute 1300 Big Pine
Key, Fl 33043
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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM - TEACHERS WORKSHOP
Seacamp Association, Inc. is an international
institution, hosting students from many countries of the world. Since
1986, youth and adult students from 43 countries have participated in Seacamp
or NHMI programs at our site, coming from Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Ecuador,
France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guadeloupe, Italy, India, Indonesia,
Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, New Zealand, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia,
Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela and many other countries.
For its international student groups NHMI offers programs from 5 to 20 days.
If a group is interested in a longer program, we will, upon request, connect
it with one of the American groups that is doing a program at NHMI during
the same time. It is a great experience for international campers to make
friends with their American peers through joint participation in marine
From the 30 or more program options described on the NHMI Program page,
group coordinators may tailor their schedule to the needs and interests
of the group - or, they may request additional programs. For example, at
the request of the Moscow Environmental College, NHMI prepared a 15-day
program on Tropical Ecosystems. A group from The International School of
Lagos, Nigeria, came toNHMI for 7 days and concentrated on studying both
coral reefs and history of the Florida Keys. The Institute for Foreign Studies
(Philippines) focused their studies on sharks and animal behavior. To supplement
the science program options, special tours can be arranged to visit such
facilities as the Dolphin Research Center, the Key West Aquarium, and Theater
of the Sea.
NHMI has hosted several groups of international scientists, educators, and
camp administrators, sharing with them our knowledge and methods of both
teaching marine science and operating an environmental education field center.
Program options for professionals and pre-professionals may include:
- experiential teaching methods;
administration of field studies centers;
administration of camp programs and facilities;
An integral part of NHMI international
programs is its cultural ingredient. The students have a chance to visit
several museums including the Natural History Museum of the Florida Keys,
Ernest Hemingway's home, the John James Audubon house, and the Mel Fisher
Maritime Museum of sunken treasures from 17th century Spanish galleons.
A visit to the southernmost city in the United States - Key West - is always
a popular tour. International students also enjoy visits to local schools
or colleges. Dinner with an American family is a great treat and a memorable
experience for them, as well.
Different languages are not a problem for understanding or communicating
at Seacamp. The classes are so visual, tangible, and hands-on that the students
do not have any difficulty in understanding marine life and its concepts.
International students leave NHMI improving their command of the English
language and enlarging their vocabulary.
Last year at the request of one of our international groups, Seacamp offered
an ESL class as part of its program. The class is based on a communicative
approach and on the practical experience the students have.
At the request of our international groups, NHMI offers a Disney World option.
Disney World is located in Orlando, an 8 hour drive from our Institute.
A four day excursion to Disney World includes 3 nights' accommodations,
round-trip transportation to Orlando, 2-day admission tickets into Disney
theme parks, meals, transportation and NHMI staff as escorts. The length
of the stay in Disney World may be extended if desired.
When to Come
NHMI encourages its international participants to come in December,
January, and February. The climate in the Florida Keys is subtropical. The
water temperature is much warmer than anywhere else because the Gulfstream
flows close to the islands. Air temperature during these months varies from
60F (17C) to 77F (26C); water temperature varies from 68F(19C) to 73F (25C).
When considering stays during any other months of the year, you should be
ready to book your space a year in advance. As a rule, NHMI programs are
booked 6-12 months before the group arrival date. NHMI personnel will be
glad to work with our international participants arranging the time of the
visit and developing their own individual programs.