Four volunteers from South Korea, France and Germany curiously arrived in India to help protecting the sea turtles. Hong, Cho, Sebastien and Manuela (me). Then the biggest question was, how to do this?
Together, we did many activities to build awareness in the local fisherman community and their families: performing a puppet show explaining the potential dangers for sea turtles and how to avoid them, painting the school and kindergartens to do something for the community, but also draw some huge turtle pictures reminding them of our visit, and – singing our song ‘under the sea’. Moreover, we went to the harbor and local fish-market to explain the fishermen our sea turtle topic with flyers in the local language Kannada.
The awareness concept, thus, was overarching to reach people from school kids to adults here in the Kundapur area.
Nevertheless, the volunteers also had a lot of fun, by the way: by visiting several festivals and marriages, got to know the area and the local food specialties, spending a great time at the beach swimming and relaxing, going on a boat trip in the river nearby, visiting sights like the Shiva and the Hanuman temple and especially, traveling to Goa for the weekend all together.
Generally speaking, our team really enjoyed the two awesome weeks in Kundapur and we just hope, we could somehow help the turtle population to grow sustainability and safely.