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did the GVI Seychelles Mahe project at Cap Ternay. I learned about project through the volunteer page GoEco. An average day here starts with a wakeup between 7 and 8 in the morning and doing your duties afterwards – depending what duty group your in. Duties can either be “Kitchen” – you prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole camp – “Tanks & Grounds” – you clean the bathrooms, recycle the garbage, clean the towels from the kitchen and throughout the day go on the compressor – or “Boats” – you lay out all the equipment that goes on the boat and if there is low tide you have to take the boat out with a staff member. After you have finished your duties it is time for breakfast and then for Wave 1 of the day. You have two dives a day. If your lucky and there is high tide you just have to walk a few meters from the beach to the boat with your equipment. If not, it is 250 meters to the boat. Before you are allowed to survey you are going on spots to test your knowledge on corals/fish/invertebrates after you have passed your exam and done all your spots you are doing surveys. Depending on what waves you are on you will then either eat your lunch on the boat or on base. After your last dive of the day you either have free time until dinner or have to do your duty. After dinner you are done for the day but most of the volunteers watch a movie or documentary once a week. There is also a party night once a week where the staff cooks for us volunteers and it also has a funny dress theme. I loved that I was amongst people who had the same interests in the environment and love diving. Some of my most interesting discoveries here were on my Adventure Deep Dive where we drank at 26 metres from a coke can and cracked open an egg and played with the yoke. Also being on my own in a foreign country was also very interesting because it challenged me every day. One of those challenges was the first week because I did not have a free minute the first few days because of duties and workshops. And also cooking for approximately 20 people is something I have never done before. The other volunteers were almost all around my age and all very nice which made my stay here even better. The staff was also very nice. I think the project and the work that is done here is very important in protecting and understanding the underwater world around here better. Unfortunately because of ear problems I never got to survey here but I very much enjoyed the fish spots because it was just fun to identify the different fish and I also liked the Dive against Debris because it is very important to keep our oceans clean. The training was interesting and also fun. Before coming here, I never was in contact with GVI directly because I booked this with a different company but here at base the stuff was very supportive with every question and problem I had. Two of my proudest accomplishments here were passing my fish exam and participating inthe Beach Race were my team walked almost for 22 km. I came here in my summer break from university where I study economics and law. After seeing what the coral bleaching did to the coral reefs here my opinion that reefs should be more protected and climate change should be bigger conversation with bigger actions only manifested. My advice for future volunteers who are thinking of joining GVI would be: Just do it, you will not regret it! But be sure to not expect hot showers!

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