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Why did you choose to do an internship with GVI? I decided to do an internship with GVI because I was looking for an opportunity to volunteer abroad in marine conservation but had little experience with diving and no background in marine science other than a lifelong love of the ocean. GVI offered the best combination of dive training and science training for someone like myself. How did your internship help you achieve your personal and professional goals? Personally, I hoped to expand my horizons and get out of my comfort zone by living simply in a foreign country with a group of new people from all over the world. I have learned more about other cultures by living here than I ever did sitting in a classroom or in an office back in the States. Professionally, I was looking to take a career break from the high stress film industry and hoped the GVI Internship would jump start a new career in travel, diving or marine conservation. I am still in Seychelles and now work for GVI, which is the best professional outcome I could have imagined! Has your GVI internship helped you develop your career and be more employable? Would you recommend your internship from a professional and personal development perspective? Absolutely! I owe my current career to GVI. I was hired on to be the Community Coordinator for the Marine Expedition here in Seychelles after completing my internship and am now getting ready to take over as Base Manager. I gained so much diving experience on my internship and learned so much about marine conservation that the transition to expedition staff was seamless. If you had told me a year ago that I would be Base Manager here, I would not have believed it! Getting to work with an amazing group of international staff and volunteers in a beautiful country, diving every day and actually having my “office” be the ocean is a dream come true!

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