Oris RED Scholarship
     
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5 scholarships are available from our partner ORIS for the upcoming Dahab Reef Monitoring projects

Oris RED Scholarship

Oris Red Scholarship includes:

  1. 5 weeks package for the RSEC conservation project (incl. accommodation, 40 project dives, training, airport shuttles and 1 boat trip)- flights are NOT included
  2. Dive equipment rental for 5 weeks
  3. Your own personal Oris dive suit
  4. Your own personal Oris Aquis Red Limited Edition watch

Oris Red scholarship applicants should have the following profile:

  1. Be a student (preferably of Marine Science or a related field, but not obligatory)
  2. Be a diver (optional the applicant could learn to dive prior to the project)
  3. Be highly motivated
  4. Good writing skills in English
  5. Enjoy blogging on social media

Oris Red Scholars commit themselves to:

  1. Fully support RSEC’s conservation project
  2. Regularly blog about the scholarship, research progress, travel and diving experiences in written form and with media to the Oris online community and RSEC’s discussion board
  3. Agree to the global use of all media output (pictures, video, etc.) by Oris and RSEC

Deadlines for application: 12.1.2015

Next projects: Dahab Reef Monitoring 26.2.-2.4.2015 (3 scholarships available)

All participants will get a full training in scientific survey methods, the coral reef and connected habitats, and indicator species. We will provide you with a certification upon request which may be accepted by your University (students own responsibility to enquire if eligible for credit by University).

For application please send a motivation letter with a short CV and some expressive pictures to oris@redsea-ec.org. For more information about the scholarship or the project you can call +49-611-97144272

 

 

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the three scholars arrived well in Dahab:

Oris Scholars 2015

and the blog is already online: http://orisredscholarship.blogspot.de/

and we have a first report from Sandra:

First thing to say: It is so amazing here!
I arrived the 2nd of March in the middle of the night. A nice driver picked me up from the airport in Sharm el Sheik. I was so tired that I immediately fell asleep. I woke up in Dahab, and the first thing I saw was the impressive landscape of Egypt. The mountains were illuminated by the sun, it was so beautiful: A warm welcome in Dahab.
I met all the people in the RSEC house in the morning. They are all very nice and absolutely motivated. They arrived from Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Amsterdam or Austria with the same target to protect and help the underwater world.
This week we started with the Reef Check Monitoring Project. At the beginning we have to learn a lot of different indicators. It’s very important for the Project to be familiar with the different families of fish, invertebrates and categories of the corals. We also learned about different coral diseases. For sure it was hard to learn all this stuff, because after two dives and one presentation we were very tired. At the end of the day all of us fell into bed at nine o’clock. But all these work is worthwhile, when you are underwater and you are able to identify a fish or something else, you are so happy and suddenly you recognize more and more other fascinating things. Like a pyjama snail or a racer wrasse which can unexpectedly disappear into the sand.
All the dives that week were very nice. Our instructor Nina helped us to identify all the species. We have learned different hand signals to communicate underwater: watching that is very funny. We don’t have to talk anymore, the hand signals are enough.
Today is our first day off. It’s a good time to process our impressions.
I can’t wait to see more and learn more about the tropical reefs and their residents. This project here is so important and, helpful for the future that we are all very happy and thankful to be a part of this.

 

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Announcement: We are proud to present the three Oris Red Scholars for the upcoming Dahab Reef Monitoring Project. The first Oris Red Scholars 2015 are:

Franziska Thelke, Else de Ridder and Sandra Bracun.

Congratulations!

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Hi there! My name is Else de Ridder and I am 21 years old. Currently, I am studying Biology at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, which I enjoy very much. From the beginning on, the subjects about marine life were the most interesting to me. That’s no coincidence, because I wanted to study Biology ever since I got my PADI certificate in 2011 in Curacao. I was so amazed that I wanted to know everything about corals and the life around the reef.

Therefore I was very excited when I came across this scholarship from RSEC and Oris! So I applied, and the waiting began… When I got the email that RSEC and Oris chose me to be a scholar for the Oris Red Scholarship, you can imagine I was so excited, I almost couldn’t believe it. It was also my birthday last week, and this was the best present I could wish for!

I hope my skills as a diver, but also as a researcher, can make a difference for the monitoring project, while also having a lot of fun with the RSEC team and the other scholars and volunteers! I am very excited and can’t wait to share all our experiences with you!

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  Hello, my name is Franziska Thelke and I´m 24 years old. Since 2013 I have been studying ecology, evolution and conservation at the Universität Potsdam. As far back as I can think I´m very interested in ecology, conservation and especially in marine biology! That`s why my sister gave me the nickname “eco-fairy”. After my high school graduation my parents gave me my first dive in the Mediterranean Sea as a present. After this great experience it was clear I have to get my diver license and see more of this fascinating world! Beside my favor for everything under water I love to travel around the world. During my time in Australia and Romania I saw beautiful landscapes, spied many spectacular plants and animals and met a lot of interesting people. Due to that experiences I was now looking for a new challange! When a classmate told me about the Dahab Reef Monitoring project at the RSEC and the Oris RED Scholarship it felt like that could be the perfect opportunity for me to start the next gripping journey! Now I´m very grateful that ORIS and RSEC gave me the possibility to be a part of this project. I`m really looking forward to learn a lot of things about the red sea and to start a new adventure!   Franziska Thelke
 
  Hello, my name is Sandra Bračun and I'm 26 years old. I am currently studying Ecology and Evolution Biology at the Karl-Franzes-University in Graz, Austria. It began eight years ago, that the underwater world became part of my life. I went to Croatia, took up diving and was immediately impressed and caught by the marine life. To go underwater and to be a part of this stunning and fascinating system was breath taking. From that moment I wanted to study Biology. Every year I went to the Mediterranean Sea and I became familiar with its flora and fauna. Nevertheless, in April 2013 I went diving in a tropical sea for the first time. It was very different compared with the Mediterranean Sea, so colourful and full of life. Unfortunately too short, but I knew I will come back to egypt. As I heard from the ORIS RED scholarship I was immediately interested. To be a part of the Reef Montitoring Project in Dahab enables me to gain more experience especially in research on tropical reefs. Two weeks after sending my application to ORIS RSEC I got the answer: You are selcted for the scholarship! At this moment I was lying in my bed and reading the message with sleepy eyes. So I first could not believe it. I was shocked and happy at the same time and I had not realized it, until I was talking to Christian on the phone. I am so excited and thankful for this opportunity and I am glad to tell you about my experiences in Dahab.   Sandra Bračun
 
 

Dear Applicants for the ORIS Red Scholarship,
thank you so much for the high interest in our program and all your expressive applications!

Please let us know if we should consider your application for the next scholarship (Dahab Reef Monitoring 08.08. – 12.09.2015) again.

The scholars for the upcoming project will be announced on the 26th of January at RSECs Website and Facebook Site.

Please understand due to time problems we can´t give an individual feedback of your application.

It´s still possible to join the Dahab Reef Monitoring in February 2015. There are 3 more places available. You´ll find the details here.

Thank you and best wishes,
RSEC-Team

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Info for all applicants:

Dear Applicants for the ORIS Red Scholarship,

thank you so much for the high interest in our program and all your expressive applications! We went carefully through all applications and decided finally to choose one boy and one girl for the coming project.

Let us know if we should consider your application for the next scholarship (Dahab Reef Monitoring 26.02. –  02.04.2015) again.

If so, please regard following points:

  • The scholarship does not include the flight to Egypt
  • You sent really impressive and beautiful pictures, but also add at least one picture of your face (not underwater)
  • Don´t forget to indicate your date of birth (it was missing in every fourth application)

Please understand due to time problems we can´t give an individual feedback of your application.

Thank you and best wishes,

RSEC-Team

 

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Announcement:

We are proud to present the two Oris Red Scholars for the upcoming Dahab Reef Monitoring Project. The Oris Red Scholars 2014 are:

Tim Fuhrmann and Justine Arnold.

Congratulations!

 

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Hello, my name is Tim Fuhrmann and I'm 23 years old. At the moment I study Geological Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin. Thanks to my parents and my ecological oriented school I got an early relationship to nature and environmental protection. Swimming is one of my favorite activities since a long time.

In the last semester I heard in the seminar by Dr. Heiss of the Reef Check and the Reef Monitoring Project from RSEC. I was excited instantly and decided to absolve an OWD (Open Water Dive) course to join the project. Finally I've got my certificate this May. When I was talking to Dr. Heiss referring to the Dahab Reef Monitoring Project at RSEC in Dahab few weeks later he told me about the scholarship from ORIS. Now was clear, that's my chance! I sent my application, and then it was time to wait. Luckily the decision who will get the scholarship should be published after only one week. So the tension was bearable. And then the call from Vicky when she told me I was in the closer election! From this point it was unbearable. One day later she called me again with the fantastic message they have chosen me for the scholarship. You can imagine that I was jumping around in my room like a kangaroo for the next hours.
I'm very grateful for the chance I've gotten from ORIS and the RSEC to be a part of this project in Dahab. Full of anticipation I look forward to the upcoming adventure.
I will share my experiences with you.

Because: "Happiness is the only thing that doubles when you share it.", as Albert Schweitzer said.

 

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Oris Red Scholar 2014

 

 
 

Justine Arnold - Oris Red Scholar 2014

Hello, my name is Justine Arnold and I'm 27 years old. At the moment I'm studying biology in Mainz. In my free time I meet friends, do some sports and spend a lot of time with my two dogs, Paco and Emma, they always do funny things that I never get tired of. Professionally and privately, it pulls me often abroad to work with exotic animals. It all began in Africa as I have been looking after small cheetahs and lions.

My last stay abroad is already two years ago. I've worked in China as a vet nurse where I took care of moon bears and pandas. About the participation in a coral reef conservation project of RSEC on the Red Sea, which is made possible by Oris, I'm very excited. Until now I only dived in a holiday, that’s why I'm really looking forward to this new experience.

 

 

 

 

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The Oris Red Scholarship blogspot of Justine and Tim is online:

http://orisredscholarship.blogspot.ch

 

 

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