The past three months have been an interesting learning curve/experience for me, but unfortunately my internship with the marine centre has now finished. The time has flown by, and I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to gain a large variety of valuable skills.
There have been three main areas of my role as an intern which I have enjoyed thoroughly. The rockpool rambles, the school talks, and the snorkel safaris!! Each one of these has helped me to increase my confidence in public speaking, enhanced my knowledge of local species, and helped me to work better as an independent as well as part of a small team.
It would be too difficult to choose only one highlight of the summer, so instead I will explain why I found each area rewarding:
- Rockpool Safaris are an amazing way to meet the animals that live right on our doorstep, without causing them any harm. There are many fascinating things to see, and in my opinion the best things to find are all the different types of starfish.
- The school talks were an amazing way for me to not only gain self-confidence, but to improve my public speaking skills. They gave me the opportunity to teach a new generation of young children about our oceans which I find to be incredible.
- Finally, working at Wembury gave me the opportunity to undertake training and learn how to instruct snorkel safaris. These events allowed us to show people the underwater wildlife that is local to Wembury in its natural environment.
I am currently at the start of my university placement year and am very excited for the year ahead. Working as an intern at Wembury has been my first placement experience, and from here I am heading 600 miles north to the small town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Here I will be monitoring the effects of entanglement on minke whales, as part of a six-month placement working for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
I am very appreciative to have received the opportunity to work as an intern over the summer and will most definitely be back to volunteer again in the future.
All the best,