“I participated in the Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation Project in Mozambique for 2 weeks and time flew by as we were kept busy throughout. Every day was filled with a variety of activities that allowed us to develop an awareness of the issues that concern our oceans and its inhabitants. I believe that we did make an impact in this field as we walk away from the project being better stewards of the sea.
As my time was so short, I wonder on the difference I made to the project yet I am confident that through the discussions I held with other participants and the project leaders that some of my suggestions will be considered.
I encountered only a few challenges which were mostly related to transportation. I arrived a day late but I wasn’t informed that I had to pay for my own taxi. The second time we went to visit the community school, we had to pay for our transportation. Then, finally I had to coordinate my own transportation at the end of the project. These are little inconveniences but are manageable.
I am proud of the pictures I was able to capture underwater. I strongly suggest that you possess a scuba certification prior to your arrival so you may benefit more from the dives and may get more immersed in the experience. It would have been nice to dive a little bit more.
I would recommend this experience to all those who enjoy the water and seek to get involved in a worthwhile cause.”