We’ve joined forces with the Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance to provide Zeal participants with another incredible community service opportunity. For all of our Hawaii based trips, Zeal participants will be working face to face with endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. Only 1300 of these animals are alive today, so this is an extremely rare species!16178812_1250187948400466_7461937104755245068_o

The Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance (HMMA) is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, better known as NOAA. With help from NOAA, HMMA helps protect these beautiful animals throughout the year. In mid-summer, the Hawaiian monk seals bear their pups, and Zeal participants have the chance to help support them during this sensitive time. Once the pups are born, mom and pup stay on the beach for weeks so the pup can gain strength before heading to the water. During that period, they need extra help and that’s where Zeal comes in. We’ll be assisting the Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance with their work, gaining unique experience volunteering directly with the animals.

For teens interested in marine science, conservation science, biology, volunteering, or simply those who love animals, Zeal Adventure and Travel offers a fantastic opportunity to learn, have fun, earn tons of meaningful community service hours, and have a positive impact on the places they visit. We believe in leaving places better than we found them, and having fun in the process!

Get in touch with us to learn more about our core values and what makes a Zeal trip a life changing experience for teens.

Counting down the days until Summer,

The Zeal Team