My time at the Science Exchange represented one of the best learning experiences of my academic and personal life. The program surpassed all my expectations. It allowed me to grow as a scientist within a real-world conservation project, while also offering much enrichment in the way of cultural and linguistic exchange. Coordinators were flexible and understanding of our needs as interns, which made the whole experience even more welcoming. Furthermore, the program gave me the opportunity to grow within a fun, safe and exiting new environment. Importantly, I received sustained mentorship before, while in the program, and after the program was over. This individualized mentorship has continued well after my project was completed. Therefore, I consider myself lucky to still have the opportunity to work and learn from Science Exchange mentors like Dr. Elizabeth Whitman and Katherine Comer Santos. These mentors understand the importance of creating an inclusive research environment which can produce good science as well as qualified and mindful scientists.
My experience with the Science Exchange was positively life-changing; I would encourage anyone with an interest in research, sea turtles or working abroad to join them on the beach!