Seychelles

Global Vision International (GVI)

This summer I went to the Seychelles to participate on the marine conservation project in the Seychelles. The information given by GVI before I left was excellent! All the information was well up to date and was a great help. Because I arrived one day late they had informed me how to get to base by cab, how much it would cost and they gave me a phone number of a cab driver that they use a lot (and is cheaper than the others). The packinglist was very usefull too. I used every single thing that I had taken. When I arriived at the base at Cap Ternay everyone was very welcoming. One of the staff took my bags to my room and the others gave me a quick introduction to the base, other volunteers and the health and safety procedures around base. Everything that could be a danger was introduced to me very clearly (like how to handle a machette and the dangerous fruits and insects). The base was less basic than I had expected there was running water and electricity (though at the curieuse base everything is more basic!)
The other volunteers were the most amazing people I've ever met! Every evening we had a lot of fun and especially at the thursday "BBQ" night where once we dressed up as vikings. Every evening a native boy came by to play football or cardgames with us and everyone loved it!
In the weekends you had a lot of time to do fun things. Me and to others went on a nine hour walk from a little town to our base through the forest some went to the waterfalls and a lot of us went to "la digue" another island near Praslin.
On normal days you dived once or twice (occasionally a fun dive), did your duties (cleaning, cooking, filling the tanks or loading the boat), went to lectures about marine conservation and had a lot of fun with the other volunteers and everyone went to snorkel with the children of the orphanage at least once in those weeks what everyone loved because it made the children so happy to get some personal attention.
After two weeks of training it was finally time for our first real survey! The staff had prepaired us really good for this and everything went perfect! All the dives were amazing! We've seen turtles, little sharks and some of us even saw a whale shark and some dolphins! I've had the best four weeks of my life on the Seychelles and I've met a lot of new people who've all become great friends of mine. We've become a very close group within this short period what I didn't expect when I applied for this expedition. This all because of GVI! I will definetely use GVI again next year together with some of the other volunteers of last time!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: Aug 2, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Vision International (GVI)

My experience at the Seychelles base camp was absolutely wonderful. The only thing I wish I could change would be choosing to stay longer! A month was really not enough! The staff were really friendly and helped us out whenever we needed it. The amount of information that we had to learn was made a lot easier by great teaching. Although camp life is basic, I quite enjoyed the simple things in life and not needing to "connect" with the world all the time. We were kept busy with chores on base, studying and the best part - diving. The diving was absolutely gorgeous, even though the visibility wasn't great when I was there. The plankton in the water got increasingly visible every day and eventually they brought over the whale sharks! That would probably be my favourite part of the trip - getting to see a whale shark!! They are beautiful creatures and I really wish I was there longer to see more of them. The friends I made in Seychelles are wonderful and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to be there at the same time as me. If I had the opportunity to, I really would go back for more!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: Jul 27, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

Global Vision International (GVI)

I booked my GVI expedition only a few months before I was due to go out to the Seychelles. It was a spare of the moment choice, I quit my job and left other responsibilities behind to go out there.
at first I was a bit worried about leaving my job but when I got on the plane and landed in the Seychelles nothing else mattered. I was there and it was amazing.
When I arrived at the base I would be spending my 10 week expedition at it hit me, I didn't want to leave. ever! the Staff - amazing, the other volunteers - amazing, the place - amazing! It was very well organised and the staff new what they were doing! Food was what you expect from a small set of islands in the middle of know where, quite basic, but it didn't bother us as we were having the time of our lives! I was there no longer than two weeks when I found out I could extend my trip and stay for an extra 12 weeks after my 10 were up. I jumped at this opportunity and was accepted to stay. I had an AMAZING time out there and I would Highly recommend it to anyone! We had a wide age group from 18-65.
All I can say is.... DO IT!!! :D

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: Jul 24, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

My time in the Seychelles, was an unforgettable experience. With a degree in a relevant field I was excited about getting the opportunity to gain field work experience. The internship broadened my knowledge of coral reef systems, provided practical training and experience, expanded my communication skills, interpersonal skills, team work and leadership skills. In terms of living on base with ~30 other people, you gain some life long memories and friends who you can always contact and be like....Hey do you remember that time we followed a turtle for 40minutes during a dive?!?! And the time the little kids nearly drowned us when we took them snorkelling.....and when the orphanage kids painted our faces?!?! Everything about GVI internships is extremely well-run, providing an excellent overall experience, with valuable memories and qualifications to Boot!! Woop!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: May 31, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Global Vision International (GVI)

.I arrived in the Seychelles feeling very excited and apprehensive about what the next 3 months would hold. When I arrived I had never dived in my life but as soon as I put on my cylinder on my back and got in the water it just felt right. I can’t explain in words how beautiful and calming diving in the Seychelles was. Before I arrived I looked at the sea and saw it as a vast mass of water but now I appreciate it for what life it holds. Sharks that make your heart race , the chilled out turtles , the graceful rays and the masses of colourful fish .What makes it more rewarding was the fact that I was able to identify the fish (through the science training we were given and exams we took) and start to notice their behaviour which made diving far more enjoyable . Furthermore it’s good to know that the survey dives that we conducted were creating valuable data and were giving us an insight into the health or the reef. It’s a great feeling knowing that our surveys are increasing the knowledge of the local reefs and thus helping to conserve these delicate ecosystems. I can now say that I am totally hooked on diving and can’t wait to get back in the water
GVI Seychelles was an amazing experience and I couldn’t have wished for a better 3 months, it far outstretched my expectations. The GVI staff were very professional and you could easily see their passion for the ocean, there knowledge was extensive and they were always there to help with any problems whether it being personal or in regards to the science training. The staff were also very friendly and made you feel very welcome especially in the 1st few days, when everything was new and a little overwhelming. As expedition life is so different to normal life, but you soon get used to it and never want to give up the simple way of living, who needs a TV when the ocean is a 10m walk ?!?

Top Memories
Island Hoping
Making new friends from around the world
Helping turtle hatchlings to the sea
Going to the local beach knowing know one else will be there , what more could you ask for ?
Hearing the waves from our huts
Watching the world go by in the hamocks
Diving

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: May 10, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Global Vision International (GVI)

I was extremely fortunate to take part in the GVI Seychelles Marine Conservation Internship - a fantastic opportunity to expand my knowledge, diving experience and contribute to a truly important cause while having a great time, meeting new and wonderful people, and experiencing another part of the world, it's people and culture.

The experiences on Curieuse are difficult to compare to others. Located in the heart of a marine park, the island is virtually uninhabitable except for GVI, a handful of locals, many giant tortoises and the endemic Coco de Mer. Without electricity, generated power, showers every other day and bucket-flush toilets are easy to become accustomed to, especially when surrounded by forest, beach and reef at the doorstep and the ocean to send you to sleep at night. Days are typically filled with fish and coral identification study, id spot and survey dives, and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The reefs are absolutely stunning, supporting phenomenal marine animal and plant diversity and abundance - some of the most beautiful diving I've done!

The staff at GVI, both in the office and the field, are very supportive and helpful. With regards to the office, they assist in keeping program details in order, while in the field, the staff are not only knowledgable, but conduct themselves in a professional matter, while also having fun.

But this experience extends far beyond the internship itself, with many opportunities to become further involved through Ambassador programs, Scholarshis and the Charitable Trust. I encourage you to find out more, google GVI!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: Apr 17, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

4 weeks in a place that's practically paradise, diving some of the best dive sites in the world, picture postcard views just a short walk away, who wouldn't enjoy it!! I did 4 weeks of the Marine Conservation in Seychelles Expedition, and had the time of my life. It doesn’t matter whether you're a Dive master or someone who just got their open water certification, whether you're an environmentalist or someone who just enjoys the outdoors, a Gap year student or backpacker wanting an adventure or someone who needs a break from the old 9-5 job, whether you studied Environmental Science or commerce or philosophy at University, you will love this expedition! All you really need for this project is be comfortable in the water and ready for an adventure.
The first few days were the hardest; we had lots of briefings to get through along with adjusting to the new conditions and getting to know the people that you be spending everyday with for the next few weeks. It was the 3 longest days on the expedition, but after that, 4 weeks just flew by. A standard day on base started at 6, with duty groups at 6.15 and breakfast at 6.30. By 7 the real day starts, dives are cycled round everyone, when you weren't diving you'd be in class studying for the survey or getting other qualifications. By the end of week 2, classes are slowly completed and more free time becomes available. Accommodations on base are basic, with unheated running water and constant electricity, this is Cap Ternay. Food depends on your and your fellow volunteers cooking ability and creativity. A working week is Sunday to Thursday, with Thursday night being BBQ and party night. Fridays and Saturdays are the weekends and are all to you, you can go shopping in Victoria and get on the internet, there are plenty of beaches and sights to see all over Mahe and then there are all the other incredible islands to visit.
On this trip bad weather is your biggest enemy, sometimes it makes things more interesting, but it brings the risk of dives being cancelled or not being so enjoyable.
If you’ve looked at the project and read this far and are still considering doing this project, then just do it!!! There will be bad days, there will be personality clashes and with a very low probability there may be days when you’ll feel homesick, but when you drift towards the end of your time there, you won’t want to leave!! And when you do, you will be a new person with a ton of great new friends spread across the planet and loads of stories and great memories. The most common phrase I have used when talking about the Seychelles is ‘you should have been there!’.

This is all from only 4 too short weeks!! When you do this expedition, do it for as long as you can !!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: Mar 3, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

I was a volunteer on the GVI Seychelles Terrestrial Project for five weeks. It was the best experience of my life! I loved every minute and every activity. Part of the project was recording turtle nesting activity and this meant we had the oppoutunity to see turtles lay eggs. It was an amazing sight. The work the volunteers did was important and had a large impact to the overall scientific research being conducted. I highly recomend this program if you are looking for a great volunteering oppourtunity in a beautify setting.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: Feb 26, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

Global Vision International (GVI)

This marine conservation expedition in the Seychelles was exactly what I needed to jumpstart my career. The science projects (plankton surveys, turtle (in and out of water monitorings), fish and coral surveys), the community work projects and overall base life have severely impacted me. Because of this program I am now confident in my surveying skills as well as understanding the data we collected. I am also confident in leading a team and working with others to accomplish a goal. I recommend this 10 week program to anyone who has the slightest interest in marine life and its conservation; you won't regret it! The fun never ends as you work with 20 other volunteers and an amazing staff lineup to continuously drive you to do your best.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: Dec 17, 2011
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

I just spent an amazing five weeks in the Seychelles. I was a little nervous at first since I didn’t quite know what to expect. That changed rather quickly! I was assigned to the base on Curieuse and after spending a few hours there I fell in love with it. The base itself is fairly rudimentary with no electricity or running water. It took a little getting used to but after the first few days things like the bucket-flush toilets or the lack of hot water for the showers seemed completely normal. Life on base did get a little hard at times so I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who was expecting a five-star vacation. I signed up knowing the accommodations were very basic and that there was quite a bit of work involved.
Overall, the program is well organized and the diving was amazing. I had only dived two other sites before arriving in the Seychelles but I was blown away by the coral reefs and the amount of species diversity. On my very first dive, I came face to face with a hawksbill turtle. They are fairly common in the area but I LOVE turtles so for me it was absolutely breathtaking!! Some of the volunteers even got a chance to see a whale shark or two, sadly I wasn’t one of them but it the pictures they took were phenomenal!
I would most definitely recommend GVI to anyone who is interested in travelling to a new country and working either in conservation or on one of the humanitarian projects.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Seychelles
Posted: Sep 18, 2011
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

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