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Oceans Project Georgia

An environmental education programme for 8-25year olds. Based on the BBC Oceans television series.

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Course Highlights

  • 30-week LIVE online interactive classes.
  • Online Guests for you to talk to.
  • Ebook. Follow up activities.
  • English practice and confidence building.
  • Learn about the world, especially the oceans.

About the Course

Language of Instruction: English

Course Description


Designed for young people aged 8-25 in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, but open to all ages in all countries and based on the BBC Oceans television series, this course will help students to build up confidence in English as a foreign language and for armchair adventurers to learn more about the world's oceans. This course includes elements of geography, environmental science, biology, medicine, geology, maritime archaeology, oceanography and also suits home schoolers. This course offers a self-development programme for those aged 14-25.


You have a chance to gain international certificates and awards. The course comes with several opportunities to talk with our celebrated guest speakers. The course also includes a free ebook. You have a great chance to make new friends and to invite us to your school or workplace.


The course is linked to the 2014 Pacific Ocean row when we hold daily classes live from our rowing boat.


The English level used in the course is intermediate to advanced level. Because it was designed for students with English as a second language, we explain many common British and American everyday phrases, and focus on new words. OPG was started by a small group of 12 year olds and is led by teachers familiar with teaching EFL students in schools and privately, of all ages and backgrounds so we have a good understanding of what students might enjoy. We are native English teachers from the UK and South Africa so we understand real life English speaking contexts. We love what we do and being able to bring education to everyone, no matter how remote or marginalised is extremely important to us.


The course itself lasts for 30 weeks (introductory session, followed by 29 Units). We will repeat the 30 week course continually, adding in new materials as we progress with each course. We will run the course 3 continuous times before we leave for our Pacific Ocean row, and during this time will add extra classes live from the boat each day and from students we meet on the way. We will be at sea for around 8 months in 2014. Then in Spring 2015, I will teach online every day during my world first attempt to reach the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility, which no one has ever reached. I'll walk from Russia to Canada. During both expeditions, we'll make 3D videos and create lesson plans and other materials to build up the OPG core course. All WizIQ participants will have the opportunity to join us in Latvia for field studies research courses if they wish, as we are in the process of building 'Oceans Lodge', a place where we can bring together students from countries that might not usually be able to meet in other contexts. Students can also follow our blog and download our app to receive daily expedition updates, wildlife sightings, etc. It is likely that some of the BBC Oceans team will join our online class and give lectures at the Lodge though this is yet to be confirmed.


This course may also be used to prepare for your GCSE and A Level Geography and Biology in a fun way. At some point we may include lessons to help SATs exam students.


We plan to start the class on the 7th November, 6pm Caucasus Standard Time. We have 17 students enrolled so far. We need to have a sufficient number of students before we can include guests as they are very prestigious and we don't want them to join a class if no students show. This is because they usually charge around $20,000 for a talk, and are doing us a huge favour by joining our class. We also don't want adventurers to end up with large satphone bills for a class that was poorly attended. We also need to get confident with using WizIQ ourselves, but the plan is that the course will get better and better as we go on.


We have two sessions per week: Wednesday 6-10pm CST for OPG linked material (for all ages), and Friday 6-10pm CST for young people aged 14-25 who wish to take their International Award for Young People with us. This is a mentoring session for participants and Award Leaders from around the world, with the aim of promote and helping participants to take their Award. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for Young People was started by the Duke of Edinburgh in Britain in 1956 and now has more than 8 million participants in over 140 countries. OPG introduced the Award in Georgia in March 2012. We hope that current Award participants will join the OPG course through the WizIQ platform, and that OPG participants will be encouraged to take their International Award. This is a totally new way of involving young people in the International Award, and our Pacific Ocean row are to raise money so that we can make participation in the Award free of charge to all our OPG participants. The Award has bronze, silver, and gold levels, and takes around 18 months to complete, and includes weekly volunteering, physical recreation, earning a new skill (for which OPG could count if they are using it to learn), as well as an adventurous journey and for gold level, a residential. The adventurous journey and residential will be possible through our 'Oceans Lodge', and we plan to use the row and educational partnership packages (each costs £3500) to enable us to offer free places at the lodge to the most deserving students from around the world. On completion of their Gold level, each participant will receive their award from a member of the British Royal family, and educational partners around the world will be able to host these, or they can be offered at 'Oceans Lodge' or by the Award offices locally.


Our course is based on the BBC Oceans television series, which has 8 episodes. Here are the details of what we will cover each session:


  • Week 1: General introduction to the course and WizIQ, introducing yourself.
  • Week 2: continued
  • Week 3: SEA OF CORTEZ: Who is Tooni Mahto, Humboldt Squid, Eyes, Invasive Species, Predator and Prey, Communication, Invertebrates, Food Chains and Food Webs, Dive Exit, Relaxation on Expedition, Maritime Archaeology, Ship Wreck: The Fang Ming, Artificial Reef, Weather and Hurricanes, Video Diary.
  • Week 4: SEA OF CORTEZ: Who is Dr Lucy Blue? Seri Indians, Indigenous People, Symbiotic Relationships, Shaman, Dive Entry, Crop Rotation, Scallops, Shell Fish, Sustainability, Sperm Whale, Search Patterns and the Compass, Life Cycle, Snorkeling with Sperm Whales, Directional Hydrophone, Boat Words, Boat Safety, Whale’s Breath, Brain Size
  • Week 5: SOUTHERN OCEAN: Who is Philippe Cousteau? Southern Ocean, Climate Change, Tasmania, Humpback Whale, Mammals, Giant Kelp and Kelp Forests, Sea Urchin, Biodiversity, Weedy Sea Dragon, Taxonomy, Species and Family, Camouflage, Zooplankton, Water Column, Eye Position, Habitat
  • Week 6: SOUTHERN OCEAN: Who is Richard Bull? Roaring 40s, Currents, and Gyres, Basalt Rock, Formation of Sea Caves, Cave Diving, A Cold Front, Do you Agree or Disagree?, Music, Fossils
  • Week 7: SOUTHERN OCEAN: Rainbows and Cloud Formation, Ship Wreck: The Nord, Deep Diving, Dive Computers, The Sunken Valley, Sea Whips, Basket Star, Draughtboard Shark, Plankton
  • Week 8: SOUTHERN OCEAN: Maori Octopus, Maori People, Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Sea Pens and Sea Slugs, Time Lapse Recording, Australian Fur Seal, Protected Species, Rock Lobster, Microchipping, Conservation Science, Ocean Deep, Scavengers
  • Week 9: RED SEA: Red Sea, Seas, Oceans, Lakes, Meetings, Greetings, and Manners, Expedition Leadership and Logistics, Tectonics, Expedition Flags, Early Man and Europe, Earthquakes, Early Tools, Oyster, Obsidian Rock
  • Week 10: RED SEA: Coral, Coral Sampling, Pygmy Seahorse, Mapping Diversity, Photosynthesis
  • Week 11: RED SEA: Bread Making, Fluorescence and Phosphorescence, Wavelengths of Light, How to Stop your Mask from Fogging Up, Sunscreen, Teeth, Tea Making, The Sea as a Trade Route, Doing your Laundry on Expedition
  • Week 12: RED SEA: Ship Wreck: The Umbria, Ship Wreck: The Titanic, Yellow Fever, Jacques Cousteau, Con Shelf 2, Underwater Housing and Habitats, Aqualung, Atmospheric Pressure, Decompression Sickness, Diving Medicine, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Sailfish, Grey Reef Shark, Barracuda, Butterfly Fish, Silky Shark.
  • Week 13: ATLANTIC OCEAN: Atlantic Ocean, Bahamas, and the Black Hole, Dive Buddy, Cyanide Gas, Diving and Flying, Stromatolites, Lion Fish, Neurotoxins, Scuba Diving Kit, Atlantic Ocean Rowing
  • Week 14: ATLANTIC OCEAN: Lucayans, Limestone Caves, Burial Traditions, What is Beauty? Columbus, Free Diving, Where does Rain come from, Ship Wreck: HMS Southampton
  • Week 15: ATLANTIC OCEAN: Bi-Catch, Where have all the Sharks Gone?, Tagging and Shark Mesmerizing, Types of Shark, Shark Handling, Smell, Shark Repellant
  • Week 16: INDIAN OCEAN: Indian Ocean, Mozambique, Manta Ray, Continental Shelf, Giant Potato Grouper, Cleaner Wrasse and Cleaning Stations, Parasites, 50 Bar, Sickness on Expedition, Critically Endangered
  • Week 17: INDIAN OCEAN: Extinction, The Hydrological Cycle, The MET Office, Tropical Storm, Waves, Crossing the Equator, British Expressions about the Weather, Buoy
  • Week 18: INDIAN OCEAN: Ecosystem, Crown of Thorns Starfish, Coral Gardening, Diving Gestures, Wreck Salvaging, Marine Reserves, Dugong Dugong, Sand Dunes, Mermaids and Sea Monsters, Radio Talk
  • Week 19: INDIAN OCEAN (COASTAL): Tides and Currents, Sea Goldie, Mimic Blenny, Two Bar Anemone Fish, Sea Cliff Features, and Wall Diving, Drift Diving, Larvae, Green Tree Coral, Filter Feeding and Pizza Delivery, Night Diving, Coral at Night, Table Coral, Favia Coral, Acropora Coral, Sunsets, Latitude, and Seasons
  • Week 20: INDIAN OCEAN (COASTAL): Tsunami, Monsoon, and Flooding, Climate and Weather, Ship Building, How to Age a Tree, Fears and Phobias, Dangers of Coconuts, Coconut Recipes, Coconut Crabs, Evolution and Mid Evolution, Sea Horse, Monogamy, Bringing up the Baby, How to Build a Shelter, Scorpion Fish, Box Fish, Hermit Crabs
  • Week 21: INDIAN OCEAN (COASTAL): Ras Kisimani, Underwater Scooters, Pottery, Whale Shark, Krill, Mobula Ray, River Delta, Skin, Finger Prints
  • Week 22: MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Mediterranean Sea, Six Gill Shark, Hydration When Diving, Moray Eel, Octopus, Missing Diver., John Dory, Jurassic Period
  • Week 23: MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Secchi Disc, Water Clarity, and Refraction, Island Formation, Blue Fin Tuna, Cold or Hot Blooded?, Romans, Amphora, Wine, Trading
  • Week 24: MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Halocline, Stalagmites and Stalactites, Sea Level, Great White Shark, Herbivores, Carnivores, Omnivores, Pelagics, Damsel Fish
  • Week 25: ARCTIC OCEAN: Arctic Ocean. Water, Ice, Freezing, Fjords and Glaciation, Polar Bear, Ice Diving, Hypothermia, Dry Suits and Wet Suits, Nautical Miles and Charts, Anchoring a Boat, Boating Knots, Shrinking Ice Cap, Global Warming, Computer Modeling
  • Week 26: ARCTIC OCEAN: Amphipods and Copepods, Crustaceans, Fat, Grey Whale
  • Week 27: ARCTIC OCEAN: Whaling, Right Whale, Beluga Whale, Silt and Till, Polar Cod, Bearded Seal, Retreating Glaciers
  • Week 28: ARCTIC OCEAN: Anemones, Atlantic Walrus, Clams
  • Week 29: Are the oceans really fragile? Discussions and debates
  • Week 30: Marine debris: discussions and debates


Participants will also need access to the BBC Oceans television series, available on youtube, itunes, and as a DVD through Amazon. The book is divided into 29 units, available free, downloadable from Amazon and iTunes. It may be available as a printed version too, though there would be a printing and postage cost for that, through Amazon.


Participants will also need access to the BBC Oceans television series, available on youtube, itunes, and as a DVD through Amazon. The book is divided into 29 units, available free, downloadable from Amazon and iTunes. It may be available as a printed version too, though there would be a printing and postage cost for that, through Amazon.


About the Instructor

Sarah Weldon
Tbilisi, Georgia

Sarah is 36 years old and originally from Oxford England. She has a background in Cognitive Neuropsychology and teaching of English as a foreign language. Sarah moved to Georgia in October 2010 and worked for the Ministry of Education and Science as part of the Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG) Programme. Sarah has taught School Officers, Police Officers and private students as well as teaching Geography to students from 4th Grade up to GCSE Level following the British curriculum.


Oceans Project Georgia began as a summer project at Public School 56 in Tbilisi started by a small group of 12year olds. In 2011-2012 it was run as a 32 week face to face course for young people in Tbilisi and in March 2012 became a registered NGO. The online course is an adaptation of the face to face course. It is now an online project as we wish to open the course up to as many young people as possible.


The Oceans Project team are currently training for their Pacific Ocean row from California to Australia in 2014. The aim of the ocean row is to connect young people around the world with our young people in Georgia and to share stories and make new friends. We hope our participants (Oceans Ambassadors) will take an active part in the ocean row and join us for free, online classes live from the Pacific Ocean.


Our summer camp in Georgia is being run by Arctic Guides Carl and Hannah. This will allow Oceans Ambassadors to complete the Adventurous Journey part of their International Award and to get to know the Oceans Project team and guest speakers. In 2015 Sarah and Hannah will set out to be the first ever people to reach the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility in the Arctic. We hope that our Oceans Ambassadors will also be a part of that expedition through our online community.



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