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When I announced to friends and family my travel plans to volunteer in the Seychelles many replied with 'Wheres that?'. My fascination with idealic islands and making an impact has always been in my thoughts while daydreaming at my desk. In truth this would not be the first time I have done something like this and I knew GVI would not disappoint. When arriving in Mahe my thoughts and apprehension quickly disappeared when meeting the excited and down to earth group. A great mix of ages and backgrounds from all over the globe made a dynamic and set of people I would soon call friends. Our first week was about refreshing dive skills and advanced courses taking place. A combination of buoyancy control involving swimming through hoops and forward rolls was fun and quickly drew confidence. This advanced to fish or coral studies and writing on our dive slates in order to identify ourselves with different species. I could not believe the abundance of life with hawksbill turtles, white tip reef sharks, and devil rays fast becoming a common site. As the days merged into weeks we started to feel like genuine experts through identifying and research techniques. When the project drew to an end it was difficult to say goodbye but somehow I feel I make a return one day. I recommend this to absolutely anyone and just take the plunge (wink).**