The Ultimate Wildlife Gap Year Program with Lisa Chen, CCC Alum

Have you ever thought about becoming a marine biologist? Perhaps you have an interest in this fascinating field, but can’t seem to find the resources or opportunities to further explore it. Well, you are in luck, because in today’s episode, Lisa Chen, a Marine Biology Conservationist, Educator and Entrepreneur, shares her story of working in the industry and her incredible experience through the Canadian Conservation Corps! 
Listen in to hear Chen’s international learning and teaching journey, hands-on research, and animal care stories. Stick around until the end to learn how to use a gap year to explore such passions, like Marine Biology, that can lead to an exciting career path!
Topics Discussed
Lisa Chen’s journey of studying Marine Biology and teaching internationally in places like Thailand and Vietnam. 
How you can get involved in Canadian Conservation Corps, a program subsidized by the Canadian government and Canadian Wildlife Federation. 
The different stages that make up the Canadian Conservation Corps, which includes a Wilderness Journey, training and obtaining a hands-on leadership certification.
A Day in the Life of a Marine Biologist, which includes travel, assessing marine animals, conducting experiments and surveys, all while educating people along the way! 
Overcoming the struggles of finding experiences and work placements. Moreover, how a Gap Year can help!  
Climate crises, sustainability and Chen’s movement “Let’s Talk Butts” and how you can make a difference.

Resources Mentioned In This Episode
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Find more resources at the Can Gap website
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