Daisy’s Belize Experience

Daisy B.
Volunteer Name:Daisy B.
Project Attended:Marine Conservation with PADI Certification
Country Attended:Belize
Can you tell us a bit more about your role on the project? I was already a rescue diver when I went out; I did specialist courses in coral reef conservation, lionfish awareness & elimination, deep diving and underwater photography, so I’m now a master scuba diver. I took part in conch surveys, lobster surveys, coral bleaching surveys, reef weekly checks, lionfish spearing.
How do you feel that you benefitted personally from taking part in the project? I did a huge amount of diving, and took some speciality courses, so I am now a more experienced and qualified diver. I made some really great friends that I’m going to keep in touch with. I really needed a holiday, and it was such a great break. I also had such a fun time getting a taste for conservation work, which has given me some career direction.
What does travelling as a volunteer mean to you vs. travelling as a tourist? I felt that, as a volunteer, I was able to integrate into a community and really understand how the project worked, as opposed to just passing through as a tourist and just seeing/doing.
What would you say to others thinking of volunteering? I really liked Kaya because I had great contact before and during the trip and I thought the company was really professional (comprehensive welcome pack, group section on website etc) and genuinely seemed to care about the effectiveness of the volunteering schemes.


“What made me choose this project was the diving and the array of hands-on conservation activities that were on offer. During my trip, I saw so many sharks and rays, which was awesome. I also really loved the photography course.”