The extra involvement in the project that is given to the interns gave me a great feeling of ‘ownership’ for what we were doing. The longer length of time spent on the base by the interns is great too because it gives us a chance to see the progress and difference that the programme is making.
The staff is around at all times while you’re on project and they can answer your questions and support you. I felt safe and they helped me develop. I don’t regret my decision, choosing GVI for one second, and I would do it again.
This has been a stepping stone into a career in conservation that I would not have had access to without the GVI Internship program.
The internship with GVI afforded me the opportunity of gaining valuable practical experience
However, thanks to GVI I have been able to try many new things that would not have been possible at home and as a result have found that I love to teach and was able to get more involved with this through the internship.
Thanks to the experience I have gained working with GVI, I have secured a place on a PGCE Primary Teaching course at my first choice university.
I couldn’t go back to normal life so I am now travelling the world teaching people to dive the way I got to learn, in a relaxed care free environment, while protecting the reef for the future.
I was determined to make sure my time at the care centre was as worthwhile as possible. I focused more on improving things that can be maintained long term which made me improve a lot of my employability skills.
One rule of the Ludoteca is to leave all your problems and ailments outside the gates; I feel that this is true not just for the kids, but for every volunteer too. It’s impossible to feel miserable here.
My success with GVI can all be linked to the fantastic foundation that the internship provided me.