The thing with volunteering is, that it feels like you have just arrived but at the same time it feels like you have been at this place forever, which is a strange and beautiful feeling.
My time here has been incredible to say the least...
Last weekend the 2nd edition of the lionfish derby took place here in Caye Caulker. Frontier is one of the member of the organisation committee alongside local businesses. As you read in our previous blog, lionfish are a big problem here in Belize and it is in the best interest of local fishermen, tourist operators and marine conservation in general to try to mitigate the lionfish population on the reef.
I enrolled for the marine conservation and diving programme to help the Belize Frontier Project. During my first weeks here I spent much of my time learning about corals, fishes and all the other creatures you can find on the reef of the marine reserve.
I spend my summers in Boston, MA on the beautiful Charles River as a kayak guide. I take camp groups, business trips, tourists, bachelorette parties, you name it, out to paddle and I love being on the water. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that there was a build-your-own raft race the week I arrived in Caye Caulker
Lionfish has been said to be one of the most aggressively invasive species on the planet.
As the new project coordinator, I was required to get my PADI rescue diver course. I decided to come a few days early in Caye Caulker to get this training at the local dive shop Frontier collaborates with.
When I first arrived I was told by nearly everyone I came across that here on the island life is all about learning to “go slow”, a lifestyle that is highly contagious! Despite this, I feel like I arrived, blinked and suddenly 1 month has past.
Here in Belize we aren't afraid of hard work in the hot climate! Spending the weekdays working out on the reef and in the seagrass beds near to shore. It’s safe to say we get enough Vitamin D from the sunshine!
A year ago I came to Belize for Christmas/New Year. It was so good I promised myself I would come back! Placencia last year, Caye Caulker this. I have not been disappointed! Just a bit before Christmas this year, for my birthday! It has a '0' at the end so had to be special!