Testimonial from Phoebe Martin
Having completed a degree in the conservation field, I began looking for jobs in a similar area but I found that it would be very difficult without sufficient experience. I had heard about GVI through my course lecturers and had many positive reviews from both my University teachers and people who had travelled with the company previously. I researched the various Internships available through GVI as well as several other similar organisations and found that the most appealing to me was working on a reintroduction program with elephants in a Hill Tribe Village in Northern Thailand. Before I came to Thailand, the only thing I knew in regards to my professional goals was that I wanted to work with animals. Since starting the project and being introduced to life in the Hill Tribes and building relationships with the local people I now know that I am keen to work in the teaching field and combine it with my degree, perhaps as a conservation educator. In terms of my personal goals, my internship with GVI has helped a great deal. My aims were to fully immerse myself in different cultures and experience life in a place so different from my own home. GVI provides multiple internship options which allow us to focus our work in our favourite areas. For example, as the Community Intern in Huay Pakoot I spend my mornings hiking in the surrounding forest observing and recording elephant behaviour, and then spend time in the afternoons and evenings teaching English and getting involved with the Village. My initial aim in joining the project was to work with elephants and further the knowledge I gained from my conservation degree. 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 by becoming the community intern. I now have plans to stay in Asia for a few years and continue teaching. I am very grateful to GVI for opening me up to these new experiences, and would not hesitate to work with them again.
- Phoebe Martin