Kayla Moore, Akumal Divemaster Intern
I’ll start in saying I got MUCH more out of this program than was offered by the brochure. This was entirely in thanks to the passion and initiative of the GVI staff there. They are a singular group of people. The extra efforts made by staff provided so much more than the opportunity to observe and learn about spectacular wildlife.
The staff is around at all times while you’re on project and they can answer your questions and support you. I felt safe and they helped me develop. I don’t regret my decision, choosing GVI for one second, and I would do it again.
The extra involvement in the project that is given to the interns gave me a great feeling of ‘ownership’ for what we were doing. The longer length of time spent on the base by the interns is great too because it gives us a chance to see the progress and difference that the programme is making.
This has been a stepping stone into a career in conservation that I would not have had access to without the GVI Internship program.
I would recommend this to any individuals wishing to further themselves with regard to environmental science and would be ideally suited for recent graduates looking to develop their practical ability after the theory of University.
However, thanks to GVI I have been able to try many new things that would not have been possible at home and as a result have found that I love to teach and was able to get more involved with this through the internship.
Thanks to the experience I have gained working with GVI, I have secured a place on a PGCE Primary Teaching course at my first choice university.
I couldn’t go back to normal life so I am now travelling the world teaching people to dive the way I got to learn, in a relaxed care free environment, while protecting the reef for the future.
I was determined to make sure my time at the care centre was as worthwhile as possible. I focused more on improving things that can be maintained long term which made me improve a lot of my employability skills.
One rule of the Ludoteca is to leave all your problems and ailments outside the gates; I feel that this is true not just for the kids, but for every volunteer too. It’s impossible to feel miserable here.
My success with GVI can all be linked to the fantastic foundation that the internship provided me.