10 weeks came and went. I’m finishing up my final week here on Cerf and I can only say how sad I am that it’s ending so quickly. I’ve learned countless new things during my stay. I learned a lot about myself in terms of dealing with problems so far from home. I learned valuable information about the coral reefs, the dangers they face, the importance they have, how to identify them, and how to help them. I have gained so much confidence in talking to guests. When I started, this idea was a bit daunting, but now I feel so comfortable interacting with the public and keeping people informed and how they too can help.
I’ve gained an incredible new-found love for free diving. I started off not even knowing how to do this, and now I prefer to swim like this rather than along the surface. I love getting up close and personal with the sea life as much as possible. Even though the work was tough, I will miss cleaning the nurseries close to every day. I always felt useful here on Cerf because I was always completing projects for Savi that he’s been trying to get done for a long time. I was definitely utilized properly for my different skills. I know now that I would be happy to have a career in a field where I spend time in the water as often as possible preferably with corals. The ocean, corals, and fish have been the best therapy I could’ve possibly asked for. While my stay did have its ups and downs, I still managed to find a silver lining in everything and to just try and enjoy my stay the best I could.
While I was here, I made a few incredible and unforgettable friends on Mahe. We often went on hikes and snorkels together. It was good to find other people who share similar interests in the environment as me. I’ll miss so much about Seychelles, it’s hard to write everything out. A huge, huge thank you to Savi for all his help and all his sass. He was the best project coordinator I could’ve asked for and it was a pleasure working alongside him.
Thanks to the Cerf Island Resort and L’Habitation for the accommodation, meals, and the all friendly staff. Thanks to MCSS for this wonderful opportunity to further my experience and my knowledge. This time will hold a dear place in my heart.
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