The last few weeks have been very busy, with volunteers learning in water monitoring techniques and studying for their tests so that they can begin diving our monitoring sites and collecting scientific data on our fish and coral communities.
2 weeks ago, the volunteers had fun experiencing Día de Muertos. One of our volunteers researched Mayan and Mexican customs and we had an altar for our lost love ones. Then we dressed up for Halloween and danced the night away.
The interns have also been working hard to complete their rescue course and have been going to bed not long after dinner, very tyred after a day of rescue scenarios. With just a few competencies left to complete, everyone is feeling more confident that they can help out a friend or stranger in need and are proud to be safer, smarter divers.
It’s coming to the end of the month here at Pez Maya, and that means that 5 of the volunteers are heading off on new adventures and there will be new faces around base and people to meet. We’re not sad though because we are sure we will all meet again someday on a beautiful Caribbean beach, either under sun or storm.
“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney