I would have enjoyed the volunteering experience immensely even without the intern experience. 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.
Why did you choose to do an internship with GVI?
I’ve been a diver for years and have always had an interest in marine conservation. I had been considering pursuing a career in the diving industry for some time so when I got the chance to join the project it seemed natural to pick the internship. It seemed a good way to give a bit back to the marine environment from which I’ve gotten so much enjoyment over the years whilst furthering my own interests in the process. And to be honest, what diver wouldn’t want to spend six months diving in Fiji?
How did your internship help you achieve your personal and professional goals?
I gained a lot of insight whilst on the project, and my attitudes and values have changed to reflect this. I’m a lot more aware now about how interrelated the marine and terrestrial environments are and how fragile they can be. I’ve also gained a great appreciation and respect for communities which don’t have the luxuries that the western world takes for granted. I also gained a valuable new skill and qualification, coming away as a Divemaster at the end of the programme and hopefully a new career direction
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?
Yes it has! It’s now my intention to train as an open water scuba instructor and to return to the resort at which I sat my internship work placement, where I’ve been offered the resorts instructor position after the completion of my course. I’d also like to remain involved with the volunteering sector and would hope to return to GVI at some point in the future, either in the capacity of an instructor or as a volunteer.