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Birgitte Wessel - Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving

Brigitte has a chat about her time as a Volunteer in Madagascar, where she saw whale sharks, dolphins, lemurs, turtles, snakes and much more! As much as she loved the diving experiences, she says Madasgascar and the people she met were the best part!

1. Why did you choose this particular project?

First of all I like to experience new things and meet new people! I also like to push my limits. So I figured that going to Madagascar, meeting new people, learning to dive and doing something good for the world would be amazing! And it was.

2. Which kind of work and activities did you do during your project?

I was on the marine conservation project and so I did marine surveys, I learnt about invertebrates, and the names of them in Latin (which I found very cool and interesting), I did a lot of diving and saw so much cool stuff close up!

3. How did the culture and people differ to home, and what were the locals like?

The culture is very different from the Norwegian culture. Most of the people that I met were very nice and polite. And I felt very safe walking around in the city on the weekends by myself.

The local food was amazing. Something that everyone going to Madagascar needs to try!

4. What was the accommodation like?

One word: amazing! I loved the camp. But it is the people that you live with that makes everyplace amazing.

5. What were the staff and other volunteers like?

Very nice! Staff and volunteers were together all the time, and they all welcomed me to the group when I arrived. At the weekends we all went out together and had the best time.

6. What was your most amazing moment or your best memory?

That is a very hard question to answer. I think it must be swimming with the whale sharks and the fact that I met some great people that I definitely will meet again.

7. Do you feel the work you were doing was worthwhile?

Yes. When I arrived there were some small problems with my project. But before l left the problems were solved and I believe that the work that we do can make a difference, and wake up the awareness in people.

8. What sort of wildlife did you encounter?

Lemurs, snakes, geckos, scorpions, sharks, whales, turtles, Dolphins and so much more!

9. What were you hoping to learn while on project, and have you achieved those goals?

I was hoping to learn more about the marine life, and yes I did! The staff have great knowledge and were more than willing to talk to me about everything, and show me when we went diving.

10. Any tips and advice you might like to pass on to future volunteers?

Bring a dry bag and a positive attitude.

11. What do you have planned next?

Going into the navy next year.. But when that is done, I will definitely go back to volunteering!!

12. Anything else you would like to add?

I think the rest is up to the next person to experience:)

See the Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving Project with Frontier here