Being a part of the Marine Coastal conservation program was hands down of the most rewarding, exciting experiences I have ever had. Even though I was only part of the program for two weeks, I feel that I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and experience about conservation projects, volunteer organisations in communities and working with different people from around the world, which makes me more confident about entering the non- governmental organisation workforce. I gained everything that I expected from this program, and was lucky enough to make wonderful friends along the way. The program has truly impacted the way I feel about conservation and environmentalism, and has given me even more drive to continue to make a positive change in the world. Working closely with community members, community partnerships, local schools and environmental organisations meant that as a volunteer I could gain a much clearer understanding of the importance of their goals to help and support the community and reduce humanity’s impact on the environment. The staff and volunteers were truly amazing and inspiring people that provided support and encouragement every step of the way. I would definitely do it all over again!