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Monday 6th of August marked my final day on the Frontier Tanzania camp. I can hardly believe that I have been here for two months and that my time has finally come to an end. Naturally, this is a very reflective time and I can’t help but think about all the special moments I have had here, the challenges I have faced and the many ways which I have grown as a person.

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Last week, the Frontier Tanzania team had the amaizing opportunity to join Mafia Island Marine Park in their monthly surveys.

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It’s intriguing to be thrust into a scenario like living on an NGO camp because most everyone here comes from a different background, everyone has a unique story to tell.

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Part and parcel of living on our humble camp is our consideration for the environment in our daily lives. Living within the protected marine park, we have a duty to help our oceans and our planet. After all, everyone on our camp has some kind of interest in the protection and conservation of both our local and global environments.

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Countless pre-departure arrangements, thousands of pieces of advice from everyone, best wishes from the loved ones, never-ending hours travelling and finally… here I am and I can´t quite believe it! Ready for adventure!

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I am so far enjoying my time on Mafia. I can see that not much has changed on camp since I was here two years ago with the exception that there is now some electricity!

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I have enjoyed my time on Mafia once again. The diving has been thoroughly enjoyable and I have enjoyed learning the fish species as well as carrying out the invertebrate surveys.

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Actually maybe it’s just me that loves hermit crabs, but how could you not?! They’re one of the funniest, coolest things hanging around on the bottom of the ocean.

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I’m now at the end of my placement here, and what an experience it has been! For the past month, I’ve been a Research Officer for the marine conservation and diving project on the Frontier camp based on Mafia Island, Tanzania.

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I’ve been at the Frontier camp on Mafia Island for one week now and it’s been amazing! Before coming here, I’d never been scuba diving before, and now, it’s only one week in and I’m an Advanced Open Water diver! Over these past four days, I’ve done 9 dives, so it’s been pretty intense but I’ve loved every minute of it.

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