Project: Species Conservation in the Seychelles
Location: North Island/Seychelles
Duration: Mid-January until Mid-February 2018 – 4 weeks
Support from NATUCATE: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Arrival: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Project Partner: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Accommodation: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
1) Could you give us a short overview of your activities/tasks in the project?
2) What were your biggest challenges during the project?
Everything worked quite fine for me, there haven’t been any negative challenges.
3) Was there anything that you liked most? Or anything that left you with a negative impression?
To me, the overall island feeling was beyond words and with it the “isolation from the outside”, animals and nature were unique. Snorkeling was a pure pleasure. There are so many different colourful fishes, I just felt like I was in a giant aquarium… One night we had a negative experience, though: a few centipedes made it into our accommodation – not really nice.
4) Did you have certain expectations before you started the project? If yes, did the project meet your expectations, disappoint or maybe even exceed them?
I expected to observe baby turtles hatching and help them getting into the water. During my time in the Seychelles there was only one nest hatching and we missed it. But that is how nature works… Apart from that I came to the island without any expectations; the information given by NATUCATE really do fit reality.
5) Did you do anything during your free time that you can recommend to other participants?
If you can, you should walk all hiking trails, have a dinner at Honeymoon Beach and spend much time at the beach and in the water.
6) Which tips/recommendations would you give to other participants who would like to do this project? (e.g. tips that would have helped you before your journey)
As I pointed out earlier, I received quite comprehensive information from NATUCATE before my departure to the Seychelles. More tips for travelling luggage would be to take an air mattress – I really enjoyed it! Take less clothing with you, because you have to wear a uniform most of the time (there is a washing machine on the island to wash private clothing, the uniforms are washed every day), carry mosquito spray and definitely one or more memory cards with many gigabytes ;)
7) Can you guess how many additional expenses you had? – We can give this information to future participants.
I had absolutely no extra expenses on the island. I took some German snacks with me and I did not need anything from the employee shop.
8) Here is some space for further questions/suggestions/ideas/reports or stories:
My friend and I added some extra vacations on Mahé after the project. We were lucky enough to get to know the Seychelles even closer. We rented a car and slept in an excellent accommodation in Port Glaud (Villas de Jardin). We highly recommend visiting La Digue. You also have the opportunity to collect all spare days on North Island to visit Mahé Island for the weekend – but this opportunity was “too stressful” to me. I think every day on North Island is a present! I recommend everyone to enjoy the Seychelles after the project for a bit…