Being in the IT-field,I was one among many who use a lot of plastic in everyday life, being unaware of its hazardous effects on nature and the necessity to recycle plastic. Working with POP team for a Hope Spot Hatteras created awareness in me about this and also motivated me to educate others.
I’m from Bangalore, India, recently moved to North Carolina, USA for my education. I was wondering where and how to spend my vacation during spring break. When I heard about OBX trip for Hope Spot Hatteras and learned about its motives, I was very much impressed and decided at that instant to join them. Though I had zero knowledge of ocean cleanliness, I was certain that this is a great opportunity to work for the good cause.
I involved myself actively in beach cleanups while capturing beautiful moments and scenic pictures from my phone. I learned more about oceans and the species lives in the off shore. We were highly disappointed looking at the damage caused to oceans by humans because all we could see there was more and more trash. We saw a lot of garbage along the Pea Island seashore and the teamwork we did to remove the boat wreck out of the sand was remarkable. After every beach cleanup, I could see the happiness and satisfaction in all my teammates.
We also volunteered for the Surfrider Outer Banks Chapter for #Don’tDrillNC and attended a symposium at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Whenever we interacted with local community for Hope Spot Hatteras, the support and appreciation we received is really big. Many people came forward to learn about our mission, looking at our teamwork. I would say not just the Outer Banks, the people live here are amazing as well.
We traveled all around the outer banks and visited all places from Corolla Island to Ocracoke Island, witnessing beautiful sunrises and sunsets and off-road drive on sand to Ferry ride. We explored many historic sites like Lost Colony in Roanoke Island, Whalehead in Corolla and all the light houses in the outer banks. We had non-stop fun by doing many team building activities, playing ball games and a UNO.
Outer Banks is an amazing place I have ever visited in my life. I feel Cape Hatteras is a god’s gift to all of us and it is all our responsibility to preserve it and I’m sure Hope Spot: Hatteras is doing a splendid job in this regard!!
I would like to thank UNCW POP team, Sam and Eric for giving me this wonderful opportunity. This short trip has given me good friends and memorable time with them. I love Outer Banks and I love you all.