In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.     - Baba Dioum, 1968

Education is a vital component of Tetiaroa Society’s mission. We want to use the island of Tetiaroa as a classroom for local and international students and community groups. The focus of this program will be the physical, biological, and cultural world of atolls and how it is possible to live sustainably on a small island. 

Tetiaroa Society is presently working with teachers and administrators in French Polynesia to develop a curriculum and lesson plans for local students.  Our aim is to also offer these resources to other interested schools, in other countries. 

Our unique educational programs will teach the importance of sustainability and engage students in practical applications: hands-on discovery & inquiry science activities, and exposure to local culture and traditions.  Students from elementary school through university, from French Polynesia or elsewhere in the world, are invited to join us in immersive and experiential educational adventures.  Students will take away first-hand knowledge of biodiversity, sustainability, and cultural heritage.  And they will bring home the tools of understanding and action which are essential if we are to sustain the natural beauty of our world.

We look forward to hearing from schools, universities, and educational facilities near and far about how they’d like to be involved with Tetiaroa Society.


What can you learn about on Tetiaroa?

Each of our educational experiences start with a historical, cultural, or traditional viewpoint, and offer activities which allow students to compare and contrast traditional technology with modern technology. We hope to encourage students to use innovative thinking and imagination to blend their knowledge of past and present technologies into future solutions.


Available activities