At first, I was overwhelmed when I came to the marine conservation project of GVI in Phang nga. It was my first time that I travelled alone for a long time, and here we go.
I met so many people from all over the world who all had the same goal in mind - making a difference. We spent so much time together and became really close. When you constantly hang out together for two months you cannot believe that you will be so far away from each other. To be honest, it felt like a family.
I‘ve loved the idea of the marine conservation project. Every day was different. We caught butterflies to identify them, we identified birds. We were cleaning our beaches and seriously your mind changes when you see all the trash at the beach. (and when I say all the trash, I mean everything. There was nothing we didn’t find.)
My favourite things to do during my time here was teaching children about conservation things. You don’t know how smart the children are it’s ridiculous! We also went to the Navy Base twice in a week to clean the turtles and their tanks. There were so many tourists you could talk to. They have so many question about that and it’s such a good feeling to clarify them about our work.
You see, there are so many things you can do here. You get to know yourself better, you become more self confident. Sometimes, it’s exhausting and I would lie if I wouldn’t say that you don’t sweat. But it’s nothing in comparison you do for that.
And finally, there is one thing I will never forget and this is the big difference I made during my time in Thailand. I want to maintain all those things when I come back.
Thank you so much for the unforgettable experience, it was amazing.