I’ve been on the island for over 6 weeks now and it has been quite the experience and definitely not what I expected. Every morning we do a beach clean, where we pick up any sort of trash along the beach. Then we provide guided snorkels to guests. This has been really fun and rewarding so far. Sometimes we get guests who are not so confident in the water and I’ll hold their hand so that they are able to see the reef. Afterwards, they always tell me how happy they were to have gone and that I was very helpful. I find this part of my experience to be very satisfying because I have also had issues in the water in the past, so it’s been nice to relate and help make others comfortable. It’s been really great meeting people from around the world and learning about different cultures as well. And It’s been nice teaching guests about the importance of reef restoration and proper snorkel etiquette. They always seem to be interested in what we do and how they can do their part to help.
n the afternoon, we clean our coral nurseries of algae. This was quite challenging for me at first, but I eventually got the hang of things. I’m still a bit slow and can’t hold my breath for too long, but I really enjoy being able to help the baby corals. I’ve learned all about the corals and fish we have here on the island and I love quizzing myself in my head as I’m snorkeling. I’d say my favorite coral is Platygyra and my favorite fish is the semi-circle angelfish. I’ve seen two turtles so far. The first encounter I had was amazing! We hung out with it for a while and it even came up for some air. I’ve seen lots of rays, cucumbers, seastars, urchins, nudibranchs, squids, and even a baby lemon shark! On the weekends, I typically stay on Mahe in Beau Vallon at the other volunteer base and go on hikes, snorkel, or just relax with other volunteers. In the coming weeks, I’m looking forward to seeing more animals on the reef (hopefully more sharks and turtles) and continuing to help guests as best I as I can.
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