Hawaii & California
The Blue Water Exchange (BWE) is a program under the nonprofit Mālama ʻĀina Foundation based in Hawaiʻi. BWE is a six-month Capstone experience designed to nurture the next generation of leaders in conservation and environmental fields. BWE provides a unique opportunity for young professionals aged 20-30 to immerse themselves in new environments, foster connections with diverse cultures and indigenous communities, explore various career paths and broaden their perspectives through profound dialogues about our society's most critical challenges. The upcoming program is scheduled to run from February to August 2024.
Immersive Journey: Embark on a six-month journey to explore landscapes, connect with different cultures, discover conservation careers, and engage in impactful dialogues on community issues.
Collaboration: Collaborate with conservationists through development workshops and conversations. Receive guidance from regional leaders, local champions, activists, and indigenous practitioners from Hawaiʻi and California.
Virtual Sessions: Join virtual bi-monthly sessions with guest speakers on connection to ʻāina (the land), respect for indigenous wisdom, sustainability, and community building.
Place-Based Learning: Experience a four-week immersive adventure in California and Hawai'i. Immerse yourself in indigenous perspectives, address vital issues, and witness on-the-ground change.
Personal Growth: Celebrate and highlight the deep connection between individuals and ʻāina (the land). This connection serves as a source of inspiration and personal growth.
Cultural Preservation: Cultivate a deep appreciation for and recognition of the invaluable traditions, wisdom, and customs of indigenous cultures. These traditions form the bedrock for comprehending the significance of land stewardship and fostering personal growth.
Leadership Skills: Promote sustainable practices, environmental responsibility, and the conservation of natural resources as central pillars of the program's mission. Sustainability is essential for a healthier planet and future generations.
Community Engagement: Prioritize building strong, supportive communities and emphasize the importance of contributing to the well-being of these communities. Community engagement is fundamental to personal development and positive societal impact.
A commitment of six months, an open mind, and an open heart.
Participation in virtual meetings, completion of offline assignments, and project work.
Availability for travel to California and Hawai'i between June and August 2024 (specific dates to be determined).
Completion of a capstone piece narrating your personal experience through the program.
We've Got You Covered:
BWE will cover the cost of your airfare, ground transportation, lodging, gear, and meals while traveling. We will also provide exceptional teachers, mentors, coaches, and facilitators to guide your journey.
Experience in a structured environmental program lasting six weeks or more.
Training in areas such as cultural awareness, conservation practices, and leadership development.
Demonstrated commitment to and leadership within their local community to take your experiences beyond the program.
Genuine interest in pursuing a career with an environmental, conservation, or community-building focus.
Learner mindset and a willingness to expand your knowledge and experiences while collaborating with a diverse team.
Readiness to be outstanding representatives of California, Hawai'i, and other Pacific Islands regions.
Oct. 25, 2023, 5-6 pm HST / 7-8 pm PST
Nov. 15, 2023, 5-6 pm HST / 7-8 pm PST
Dec. 13, 2023, 5-6 pm HST / 7-8 pm PST
Jan. 3, 2024, 5-6 pm HST / 7-8 pm PST