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Volunteer blog: Francisco Van Zeller

I would like to thank Frontier for having such wonderful, exciting and beautiful staff; they have helped not only me but the other volunteers that are here to have an incredible first week. Also, the people from the Fisheries Department and from the dive center are really nice. The dives have been really good and the coral identification has been interesting. Although we’re just in the beginning, I look forward to the other dives! I am getting along well with the other volunteers as well which is making the experience more enjoyable.

Volunteer Francisco enjoying some free time in Caye Caulker village; playing football with the local children.

Caye Caulker, although small, is a really an unbelievable place. It’s like paradise; people all around are pretty friendly, the weather is fantastic and you can go around the island with no problems.
The camp where we are staying is pretty and right in nature. However, there is a problem which seems to bother everyone, the big issue that must be addressed…the sand flies! They are the only thing there is to complain about this project. Although they don’t ruin your experience, they challenge your sleep so I would advise other people to bring some pretty good repellant, some thin long trousers and light long sleeved shirts. Just be prepared!

By Francisco Van Zeller, Marine Research Assistant Volunteer

Find out more about the Belize Marine Conservation & Diving project.

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