6 Weeks of Living in the Seychelles

Though saying we’ve been living here for 6 weeks already sounds crazy, it has all gone by so fast. From our first step on our Island, Curieuse, to now, it seems as if that was only a short while ago. So with 6 weeks done and only 2 weeks to come we look forward to all the time we have left and the journeys ahead.
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This week on Curieuse we kept busy with Lemon sharks, Coco De Mers, turtle nests, and bird surveys. Finally after a dry spell, the group caught a few shark pups to measure and tag!
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One of the hardest, but really fun surveys, measuring Coco De Mer’s, was also a highlight this week. There’s nothing like hiking through the jungle on a mountain early in the morning climbing trees!
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We also got the chance to snorkel off off Anse Lazio, one of the best snorkeling sites in the Seychelles, and saw sea turtles, sharks, and a countless number of fish!
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After a long week we all pitched in on Friday night in cooking a delicious BBQ dinner with freshly caught fish, garlic flatbread, potato salad and an awesome cake dessert. Our resources may be limited but that doesn’t stop everyone from making a delicious meal! image

So after a busy sixth week we greatly appreciate some much needed rest but can’t wait to be back at it again next week! With only a couple of weeks left we can’t wait to see what else there is to be done, we only hope it doesn’t all go by too fast! Thanks for checking out our blog and our journey and we will do our best to keep everyone updated in the weeks to come!
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Week 5 Already?

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After another busy week on Curieuse full of surveys and hard work we finally have some time to update everybody on our journey!
This week a new group of volunteers joined us and it’s been a great time getting to know new people from all over the world! And of course teaching everyone previous base traditions was a must like our daily sessions of intense volleyball.
This week we also both had the opportunity to organize a survey day and then lead volunteers and successfully complete a survey, which was more work than we thought! From planning when and where to go to making sure everyone was on the same page we managed to pull it off!

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Afterwards we spent the rest of the week on surveys like measuring Coco De Mer, turtle nest surveys, and mangrove salinity tests, or as we call them, mudskips! Though hiking through the rough terrain on the island can be difficult the views are stunning!

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And finally this week we began the planning process for a fundraising event we are organizing in 3 weeks to help raise money for the SSPCA or the Seychelles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It is a day full of games and friendly competition in which the group that raises the most money for the SSPCA will get certain advantages throughout the day to give them a better shot at winning an awesome prize! The website is
http://www.justgiving.com/theamazingcurieuserace
and has all the information pertaining to the event on March 4th!
So after another busy week with 3 weeks to go we have a lot of experiences here behind us with hopefully many more to come!
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Our 1st Month in the Seychelles

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It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month that we left the cold and snow of Wisconsin and traveled halfway across the world to the Seychelles. The past month has been full of new experiences and memorable lessons and hopefully we will continue to learn even more over the next four weeks.
This week we finished up a few surveys, before having a going away barbecue on Wednesday for all of the one month volunteers, followed by a camp clean and now the departure of the majority of the group we’ve lived with for the past month.

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Last night the staff surprised us and treated everyone to a glass of champagne and music at a perfect viewpoint of the sunset to celebrate the last night for the group! The view was amazing and it was great to celebrate with the group one last time!
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Though a few are staying on, us included, there are new volunteers arriving today from all over the world that we are eager to meet!

Overall this month in retrospect has been full of learning experiences and memories we won’t soon forget and we look forward to the next month and all it has to offer!
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