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Project Blogs - Belize


Single use plastics are currently very present in the media with several countries, including the United Kingdom, vowing to ban their production. This is a fantastic step in the right direction to remove this damaging product from the environment.

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Almost a year ago I set foot on the island that I now call my home. In August of last year I came to Caye Caulker as a volunteer. I arrived at the airport shaking and nauseous - feeling overwhelmed was an understatement.

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After 6 months of working in Frontier’s London Headquarters as a research intern, the natural and exciting next step for me was to join one of the organisation’s conservation projects as an Assistant Research Officer.

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This week I learned 37 different types of coral. We had been going over coral every day and I am now able to recognise them when we do snorkel surveys, which is amazing.

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I have been in Belize for 3 weeks now and have loved every moment of it – from the exciting nights out with everyone on the South Island to the more chilled nights at camp playing cards on the North Island. However the amazing marine life that I’ve been lucky enough to encounter is what I know will stick with me forever. I got my PADI Advanced Open Water certification whilst being here and have loved exploring Caye Caulker’s underwater world since. So here are my top five fishy favourites…

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My favourite aspect about coming out here has been learning how to scuba dive. I stayed out here for two weeks and managed to gain certification of both the padi open water and advanced open water courses in a total of 5 days through effort and hard work both practically and academically.

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My time here has been incredible to say the least...

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