Testimonials

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“Its not hard to see the huge importance of LTO in Guinjata Bay, and the significance each volunteer has. Whether you’re teaching in the schools, collecting data or helping the community, you really feel like you’re making a difference, and the rewards felt are humbling. The diving itself is without comparison, regardless of your previous experience I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Overall, LTO is an amazing organisation with huge potential, and if you’ve got the opportunity to volunteer with them grab it with both hands! Trust me, once you’re there, you will never want to come home!” ~ Hannah Williams, August 2016 volunteer, from England

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“If you are sitting on the fence about whether LTO is for you, I stood in your position wondering  if I should take the chance and honestly taking that chance has been the biggest pay-off of my life. It’s an indispensable experience where you get to meet amazing people in an equally amazing environment. At the end you’ll be sad to leave but when you get on that plane you’ll feel that you have made a real impact to the cause and that you played an active and important role in LTO.” ~ Ollie McLaren-Roberts, August 2015 & 2016 volunteer, from England

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“Choosing to volunteer for Love the Oceans was the best decision I ever made. The diving is absolutely spectacular, working at the school is unbelievably rewarding and working with the local fisherman collecting fisheries data was eye opening. While at times it was challenging, I developed many worthwhile skills and had such incredible fun – Mozambique is like a tropical paradise and you’d be crazy if you didn’t love it too!”~ Alicia Ryan, September 2015 Volunteer, from Australia

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“It doesn’t take too long after arrival to realise how big of a need there is for conservation efforts in Mozambique.  The ignorance of ocean life among adults, the finning market’s draw on local people, and a lack of exposure to marine education in schools, all create an environment that is destructive to marine life and will remain so without intervention.  LTO’s conservation efforts are multi-pronged and comprehensive in trying to deal with all of these issues, something by which I was very impressed.  There is no easy solution to the issues faced in Guinjata, but I feel that LTO’s plan of action is solid and will contribute to lasting change in the community.  As a volunteer, I definitely felt like the work I was doing was meaningful!” ~ Ruben Gameros, August 2015 volunteer, from the US

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“LTO is a very well run organisation, with knowledgeable and passionate staff. The timetabling of the programme worked well and gave a broad amount of experience dealing with local fishermen and the children in the local school. Although sometimes the fisheries work can be difficult when they bring up sharks and rays it allows you to deal with situations you would never normally encounter and can actually be very interesting to experience. Guinjata dive centre is a very friendly place with experienced knowledgeable staff and instructors and has a real community feel, the diving is incredible and even if it’s not whales or mantas, you are always guaranteed to see something amazing!” ~ Katey Valentine, August 2015 volunteer, from England

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“Love the Oceans is a fantastic organisation run by enthusiastic and dedicated conservationists who are committed to making a difference to the marine life in the local area. The program demonstrates this through its activities allowing volunteers to experience working with the local fishermen and analysing their catch; teaching their children at Guinjata school and most importantly, surveying the magnificent reefs by carrying out fish identification methods and removing nets and fishing lines if necessary. I had the most incredible experience in Mozambique including diving with Manta Rays and snorkelling with Humpback Whales which I will never forget! I would love to express my huge thanks again to Francesca and Oscar for all their hard work and to the other amazing volunteers for making my time there so enjoyable. I highly recommend this program to anyone wishing to participate in marine conversation and I’m sure this organisation will only get bigger and better. Thank you again and hopefully I’ll come back!” ~ Catherine Whitley, August 2015 volunteer, from England

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“Love The Oceans introduced to me Mozambique and its underwater life where humpback whales, sharks, mantas, turtles and so many beautiful fish are and I’ve fallen in love. If you don’t arrive in love with the oceans, you will be when you leave! Sipping on a Flying Fish on the sand surrounded by people all thinking the same thing- wanting the world to respect the life of the oceans! Working with the fishermen and their children at Guinjata school helps set a positive picture of future attitudes of the next generations encouraging sustainable fishing. If everyone could dive and just see what beauty we would lose without our sharks- to gain the awareness of how impressive and precious sharks really are for a healthy ecosystem. It’s begun in Mozambique, thanks to Francesca, and hopefully will have the ripple effect. The Guinjata bubble! It’s a place where happiness is so simple! Thank you Love The Oceans! See you soon.. Not soon enough!” ~ Rachel Alderdice, August 2015 volunteer, from England