Episode 1: Sarah Weldon of Oceansproject

Sarah Weldon

In this episode I interview Sarah Weldon of Oceansproject. Sarah is a British explorer, neuropsychologist, and Diver Medic Technician with over 17 years experience in developmental, health, and social care within the NHS, Social Services, and overseas.

In 2010, Sarah moved to the former Soviet Republic of Georgia to work for the Ministry of Education and Science, on a pioneering educational reform project to bring the outside world in to young people in Georgia. Her role involved work across schools in Georgia.

The charity “Oceans Project” Sarah founded began as a one off lesson to help students learn English as a foreign language, whilst watching the BBC Oceans television series. Oceans Project now reaches over 17,000 young people in more than 53 countries, thanks to a purpose built online platform and Skype in the Classroom sessions.

The charity has its focus on environmental and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education charity and raises funds through rowing and public talks so that ic can provide free, online education to some of the most disadvantaged young people in the world.

In May 2015, Sarah will row the length of the River Thames, before heading out to sea, in a bid to become the first person in the world to row solo around Great Britain. This row “The Great British Viking Quest” is a 14 week, 3000 mile, world first, solo row around Great Britain, retracting the journey of Viking seafarers, warriors and conquerors to bring ocean literacy, environmental and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to life for students worldwide in the 21st century.

Funds raised will provide access to education for some of the most disadvantaged young people worldwide, to help every child ‘go for gold’ and to be successful in what they do.

This is what we cover:

  • How Oceansproject came about.
  • What methods Sarah has tried to raise funds to build the boat she will be rowing in her first ocean project – rowing round Britain.
  • What fundraising worked and what didn’t in terms of return on investment in terms of time spent.
  • How the money raised so far is being spent – building the boat and getting it equipped.
  • About the boat naming at Technopop in October.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

Stop Press: Since I recorded this interview Sarah and Oceansproject have launched two competitions. One is with Fabrily and is to design a T-shirt details here. The other is to name the boat – details here.

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