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Junior volunteer Rakshana Sureshkumar and Kristy Sanchez = a JV Programme graduate - with a Golden Lion Tamarin (Photograph provided)

Pupils enrolled in a competitive volunteer programme through the Bermuda Zoological Society have been given a second chance to complete it in the wake of Covid-19.

The Junior Volunteer programme requires a year-long commitment to support the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, but the latest cadre came to a halt because of the pandemic.

A BZS spokeswoman said: “When the JV programme was able to recommence in September, the coordinators decided to give last year’s JVs the opportunity to have a programme ’do-over’.

“A total of six students accepted the offer, and they are currently participating in the programme together with 12 new students.”

Alex Amat, coordinator for the JV programme and BZS educator, said that some of those who chose not to re-enter the programme still continued to volunteer at BAMZ.

Dr Amat said: “One student was offered a junior staff position at BAMZ.

“Students studying abroad have also pledged to come back and volunteer during their prolonged Christmas break after finishing their quarantine periods.

“We are very proud of their dedication.”

The spokeswoman said BZS volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of valuable husbandry support to BAMZ every year, with all programmes being accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The JV programme runs from October to June and is intended for pupils between 14 and 17 years of age.

It requires a year-long commitment to volunteer on a Saturday or Sunday morning each week, and gives participants the opportunity to work in all areas of BAMZ along with community conservation projects, field trips and educational activities.

Junior volunteer Salayah Stange working with Lemurs (Photograph provided)
Volunteer Cheron Hunt with the Galapagos Tortoises (Photograph provided)
Volunteer Analiese Finkbeiner preparing fish for animals (Photograph provided)

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Published December 03, 2020 at 5:41 pm (Updated December 03, 2020 at 5:40 pm)

Aquarium junior volunteers get chance to complete programme

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