My first ever week on the Island of Tenerife is coming to a close and I will be sad to go home. I chose the project as I am considering doing a Master’s degree in Marine Conservation.
In order to give Christmas Eve a scientific touch, the presentations of the projects were held before dinner, after which we all enjoyed a tasty meal thanks to the amazing cooking skills of Rachel!
I had already chosen Tenerife as an ideal destination for me to develop my skills as a Marine Biologist when I was hired by Frontier to work as an Assistant Research Officer. I was then living in Santa Cruz, the capital located on the northeast of the Island.
Coming back to Tenerife after four days in cold, rainy England felt very similar to putting on a jumper straight after it’s come out of the dryer. At the airport, one step into the sunshine and everyone had already developed a sense of island-time.
Monday, 28 November 2016. Today is the start of my last week in Tenerife, after enjoying 3 weeks on this volunteer project. So here are my thoughts on the project.
Ask anyone and they’ll say that local food is one of the great things about travelling. Whether it’s familiar western stuff, recognisable but altogether different African or South American food or altogether new and exciting Asian, it’s a global language that everyone looks to learn more of.
It’s easy to think of Tenerife of this a year round tourist trap sitting at a cosy 25-30 degrees for people looking to get tans and ride jet skis. While that isn’t far off the mark in some ways, it does hit the seasonal changes just as hard as the rest of the world. Some of the changes are subtle and need to be looked for; some hit you over the head.
"The highlight of my trip has been a boat trip in my third week during the “storm”, the sky was quite literally black, the visibility was constantly changing, and we were surrounded by bottlenose dolphins near the fish farms in Los Cristianos!"
It was my last week of my 4 week stay at the project and I wanted to do something special for my last day off. While at the bus stop in Los Cristianos I saw an advert at the bus stop for Cueva Del Viento (Wind Cave), the picture caught my attention instantly.
Like lying on the beach tanning yourself all day, dreaming of adventure? Yes? Then don’t bother to read on! Happy to make adventure happen, love to see wildlife in their natural habitat and prepared to muck in? Then you should have been with me this week in Tenerife.