How many kids do you know that cheer and clap at the sight of their teachers?
After just one glimpse of this video, it's obvious that the team of educators aboard this floating classroom are leaving a lasting, meaningful impression on Indonesian children. The MV Kalabia travels to villages throughout Raja Ampat -- an archipelago in West Papua, an Indonesian province on the western half of the island of New Guinea -- and educates local kids on the marine ecosystems that they rely on every day for food, recreation and culture.
The MV Kalabia is a 111-foot tuna-trawling-boat-turned-floating-classroom that makes three-day-long stops at all 132 villages around Raja Ampat. This highly-developed program focuses on coral reef, mangrove and seagrass education, and is "developed to build community knowledge, awareness, and a sense of pride and ownership of their marine natural resources, while urging conservation of these unique ecosystems," according to a local tourism website. The vessel has been touring the area since 2008 after it was developed by Conservation International.
This video is a clip from "Journey to the South Pacific," a feature-length film by MacGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX Entertainment that features West Papua's vibrant underwater biodiversity. The MV Kalabia hosted the MacGillivray Freeman film crew for three weeks in January 2013 to film this segment, according to Conservation International.
"Journey to the South Pacific" opened in IMAX theaters across the country on November 27. You can see more clips from the film here.