Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) is the first privately managed marine protected area in the world, fully funded through ecotourism.
For the past three decades, CHICOP has been running an extensive Environmental Education program, which is the only regular and large-scale program in Tanzania that fills this gap in school curricula. One day field excursions to Chumbe Island have been offered to more than 11,800 participants including over 8,700 students, 1,400 teachers and 1,690 community members.
The excursions provide hands-on environmental education focusing on marine biology, forest ecology and sustainable tourism. Most of the participants come from local secondary schools and often swim for the first time in their lives during their visit to Chumbe Island.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
(English) Indian Ocean and *Marine Life ID Books
(English) Science and World Maps
(English) Biology, and Marine and Ocean Topics
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks and Tablets
Jump Ropes, Lifejackets (14-18 years), *Reef Shoes, *Snorkel Masks and Snorkels (14-18 years old), Soccer Balls, *Swim Board, and Swim Goggles
*UV-rash shirts (14-18 years)and *Burkini for Female Students
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.