The 7 week programme required the virtual volunteers to meet on Zoom each Monday for an introduction, participate in a group field trip, complete a topic-related project and finally meeting on Friday using Zoom to share what they had learnt through the week. Over the course of the 7 weeks, the virtual volunteers completed public service announcements, online crafts, natural history pieces, animal enrichment toys and information videos.
“The virtual programme was designed to supplement our existing volunteer programme,” said Mrs. Chisnall. “We wanted to demonstrate the importance of BZS and BAMZ working together as a team and prepare the students for future in-person opportunities within each organisation.”
The 9 participating included a Bermudian living in England, students from BHS, Berkley Institute, Saltus and Cedarbridge Academy, and even a Police Cadet. Duke of Edinburgh students were also able to use elements of the programme to complete the service portion of the award scheme.