Written on: 24/07/2012 by jojobythewater
My main issue with GVI is that there are too many programs to choose from that I would love to be a part of. I finally decided to go with the dolphin program in Fiji. I am so glad that I did. This was the first time I have travelled internationally on my own and was a bit uneasy in the beginning. The first day when we met the staff all my fears went away. They were incredibly friendly and supportive and made sure we knew what we had to know and answered any questions we had.
Once we reached our base, Natalei Eco Lodge, the people from the community warmly greeted us. I have never met such wonderful people in my life. They would give you the shoes off of their feet for you to wear if it would make you more comfortable. They are enthusiastic to show you Makalati (Moon Reef) where the dolphins visit daily.
Dr. Cara Miller, the lead researcher for the program, was a learning asset as she taught you what she needed you to do and what was the best way to attain it.
While the dolphins put on beautiful aerial shows every day, I would say the highlight of the program is getting to know the people in the community. My only suggestion is that if you aren't able to fully follow their customs, please look elsewhere. It shows such disrespect to the community and makes GVI look bad. If you don't mind learning another culture's customs and want to fully embrace it, definitely meet the people of Dawasamu and check out the amazing black sand.
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