"My name is Sapphire Vital and I am from the Nature Island of the Caribbean, the Commonwealth of Dominica. However, I consider myself to be a true representation of the Caribbean as I have spent the majority of my childhood in the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as Barbados. My initial appreciation for the natural environment led me to pursue a B.S. in Civil with Environmental Engineering at the University of the West Indies. Over time, this appreciation grew into an ever blossoming awareness of the environment's significance, sensitivity to its mistreatment and desire to be an active part in finding solutions to environmental problems.
In pursuit of this desire, I currently work as an Environmental Consultant with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean. I am also heavily involved in the Dominica Youth Environment Organisation Inc., where I serve on the Executive Board and as the Beach Clean-Up Coordinator.
Climate change is widely known to be the most pressing environmental issue of modern time. Having experienced Hurricane Maria firsthand, I have witnessed the severity of its immediate and subsequent impacts. For Dominica, the key to full recovery encompasses a holistic approach, which touches on areas such as rebuilding, mitigation, preparedness and sustainable development.
The ID Travel Group Foundation Bonham-Carter Graduate Scholarship has given me the opportunity to take the next step of my journey to the University of Oxford, Christ Church, to study for an MSc in Environmental Change and Management (ECM). I am looking forward to gaining the academic knowledge and analytic skills needed to become an impactful decision maker. As a student at the University of Oxford, I will be able to interact with a wide cross section of students and mentors; I look forward to learning and growing from their diverse perspectives, networking, and building friendships.
I am grateful for the opportunity afforded by the ID Travel Group Foundation Bonham-Carter Graduate Scholarship, as it has given me a chance to pursue my passion."
- Sapphire Vital, MSc in Environmental Change and Management - The Commonwealth of Dominica
Our 2017 candidate, Aria Laidlow (Bequia, St Vincent &The Grenadines), spent the 2017-2018 school year working toward her M.S in Environmental Change and Management.