It’s hard to choose only one. What is truly amazing is to watch a student or a diver returning from a dive where they saw sharks. One or many, swimming or resting, it doesn’t matter! The smile on their face and the excitement in their eyes is incredible. It makes you feel so happy and proud to do what you are doing. I love seeing this.
If I could choose one it would be the IDC program. First of all, because it would be great to be able to share by teaching my passion for the ocean. Being an instructor is more than only teaching about diving techniques, skills and science: it’s is also an opportunity to communicate the importance of the ocean. Sharing methods and ways on how to protect our marine ecosystems and how each of us can make a difference.
Being surrounded by people with the same passions definitely makes that passion grows even bigger and so we can achieve greater things.
The biggest aspect that makes my company so unique is that, besides doing amazing conservation work for the ocean, they are also trying their best to work closely with the local community.
I understand that sometimes it can be difficult to mix different cultures, and even with the difficulties encountered at first, they pushed through because it was important for them to give back to the Gili Air community who have given them so much already.
With all their efforts, they’ve developed great relationships and they are now evolving many different projects with community reach. The Plastic-Free Paradise movement regroups four different projects that I believe will make a big difference for our island over time.
What makes me very proud is to witness the commitment of every single individual taking part in the Gili Shark Conservation project. Since it was created, it did really great things, even with a small team.
The impact the project has on the island since the beginning, and the evolving methods to study our oceans, our fish, our reefs, and the results coming out from it so far, this couldn't have happened without the dedication and commitment of everybody who has ever been involved in the project.
It makes me really proud to say that I am part of this team. And this couldn't have without the dedication and commitment of everybody who has ever been involved in the project.
For me, it's definitely honesty. From the leaders of the project to the rest of the staff and all our volunteers, we are nothing but honest with each other. This makes an amazing difference on a day to day basis. Every day, I do not feel like I’m at work. I do it because I love it. I'm always happy at work and this has a lot to do with the fact that I love what I’m doing, but also because of the people whom I'm spending most of my days with. Honest relationships make things easy!