Monday, June 24, 2013

Hello, Aloha and Ola!

Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Chang and I am thrilled to be joining the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay staff this summer as a Senior Marine Educator. 

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, people sometimes wonder how I became so attached to the ocean. It all started when I was young and spent a couple summers in Hawaii (my mother’s family lives in Honolulu). It was there that I began snorkeling and discovered that there was a whole new world below the surface of the water. During those trips, I would spend as much time as possible in the water exploring the coral reefs and getting to know my new fish friends. I continued to follow my passion for environmental and marine conservation by studying Natural Resources at Cornell University.

After graduating in 2010, I joined the Peace Corps and spent 2 amazing years living and working in Cape Verde, West Africa. My primary job was to organize environmental education activities for the local community, with a special focus on creating opportunities for at-risk youth. In partnership with a sea turtle conservation group, I helped organize beach cleans, community movie nights, summer camps and numerous hands-on activities for schools and youth associations. One of my favorite projects was taking groups on overnight camping trips to observe nesting turtles and hatchlings. Seeing the wonder in a kid’s eyes upon witnessing a turtle emerge from the water to build her nest is one of the most rewarding and exciting things I have ever experienced.

Now, I’m back in the good ol’ US of A and ready to get back to work! I am looking forward to an action packed summer and am eager to share my passion for ocean conservation with anyone who will listen!

But, enough about me; let’s get this summer started! See you all on the beach!

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