After just over two years as a Marine Educator at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles I am leaving Seychelles. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I came to Seychelles for a three month marine conservation volunteer programme with GVI. I was on a career break and looking to have some time to think about my next step. To cut a long story short I ended up finding my home both here in Seychelles and also within the WiseOceans team. There have been many highlights to my time as Marine Educator including (but not limited to):
- Rescuing turtle hatchlings when they wash up in bad weather
- Making stop motion videos with my Marine Educator partner Jo
- Rewriting Gilbert & Sullivan
- Starting a life long obsession with clams
- Coming to work at a place like this…
- Playing matchmaker to Kate and Richie who I met in Seychelles and who got married this September (not strictly marine education work but definitely a highlight!)
Then of course, there’s the people I’ve met – from our own fabulous WiseOceans team, to my wonderful colleagues at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, not to mention the fascinating guests – I now have an extended network of friends across the globe.
Although I’m leaving Seychelles I am not leaving WiseOceans. I will be relocating to the UK (in the chilly winter!) to take on a new role as WiseOceans Education and Communication Officer where I’ll be heading up marine education projects, social media and other exciting things. It’s going to be hard to leave Seychelles – it’s such a special place and it’s in my heart now but I am excited about seeing friends and family back in the UK.
I would like to thank EVERYONE for all their help, friendship and support over these last few years. I fully intend to return to Seychelles at some point – mon kontan Sesel (I love Seychelles)!