Recently, Fred, a recipient of the National Scholarship Program, left GVI Seychelles to continue his work with the Save Our Seas Foundation. Here is what he had to say about his time on the program:
My National Schlorship Journey
"Here at GVI there are many opportunities and knowledge to be gained from the different aspects of marine life and conservation.
As a "juvenile fish" things were very challenging, I had thought many times that I wasn't going to be able to fulfil the task given, but the staff were always reassuring me and helping me to meet my goals.I had the opportunity to gain my PADI Advanced Divers course and I am proud to say I completed the course!
In the beginning, I was given a group of fish to learn and later survey. At first, it was very hard to remember everything, but over time I started to remember more and more of what I had learnt. Those names were quite a headache to learn, but if you ever dive or snorkel with me now I'll easily be able to tell you everything I know about that fish!
Filling up tanks and using the compressor was never something I thought I would learn how to do, but with the patience of Andy, I can now manage and operate the compressor and fill out the tanks for the next group of divers - another new skill I can use in the future!
GVI is not only about conservation and preserving marine life, but the awareness of reaching out to the less fortunate. As a Seychellois, I salute and deeply appreciate this generosity of what you are doing. The other part that I will salute you is the educational part of conservation. Spreading the message to the younger generation is the pillar to safeguard what we have today so that others may continue to value, appreciate and conserve for generation after generation.
I may not be the first Seychellois to follow the GVI journey, but I have made History in within my family. I personally believe that all Seychellois should take the opportunity to join GVI and learn about what they have to offer. "
Thank you for all your hard work Frank and all the best for your future career in marine conservation!
All the best