Testimonials

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“Volunteering for Love The Oceans has been one of the best experiences of my life. The passion of everyone in the organisation is inspiring and creates a great atmosphere in a wonderful part of the world. The programme gives you opportunities to gain a wealth of skills and experience in a wide range of fields associated with conservation biology that I have used innumerable times since and whilst working with the local community it is easy to see the positive impact that LTO has. LTO gave me the opportunity to form friendships with people from all around the world that share the same passion for the oceans that I do and helped me encounter marine life that I never thought I would. The first time I volunteered with LTO in 2015 I had such a great time and met so many good people that it was inevitable that I would return and it was inspiring to see the amount of work that had taken place in my absence and help achieve future goals. I couldn’t recommend Love The Oceans highly enough to anyone.”  –  Rob Thomas, 2015 and 2017 volunteer

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“I was incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to volunteer with LTO; Guinjata bay is a truly special place. The practical experience I gained, alongside the unforgettable experiences I had, made the trip so unique for me. Being part of an organization that is actually making a tangible change was hugely rewarding, not to mention the endless list of incredible people (and animals) I was working with! The work itself is interesting, engaging and very hands on; being able to work alongside professional marine scientists was a real pull factor for me. The interaction with the community is what sets LTO apart from other similar organisations, a key criterion for implementing sustainable change is to involve local people, and this is reflected by the overwhelming willingness of locals to co-operate with the research being undertaken in Guinjata. I can’t recommend this organisation enough, for anyone who is looking for a real adventure, a fantastic environment and a few whale sharks along the way!” –  Tom Scott, 2017 volunteer

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“Having been a volunteer t for Love The Oceans (LTO) twice, I think it is safe to say it has been two of the best decisions of my life. If you are a marine biologist or anything similar, volunteering with LTO will give you practical, hands-on experience which most employers in marine conservation require. Mozambique and especially Guinjata Bay has become one of my favourite places in the world, because I’ve had so many amazing experiences with marine life and all the people there. Needless to say, diving and snorkelling with humpback whales is an experience I will never forget. LTO is run by extremely passionate and knowledgeable staff, who will make you feel very welcome in the area. Their work with the local community is inspirational, and being part of that has been so fulfilling in my life. I really hope to return for a third time!” –  Charlotte Johns, 2015 and 2017 volunteer

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“My time with LTO was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life. An Incredible place to learn to dive and really see some of the beauty of the ocean; a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the wonders it has to offer. The practical skills and hands on experience have been invaluable in setting me apart from other students applying for university, helping me secure my offers. The CAP also helped me to grow and mature by allowing me to discover a passion and convinced me to go into a career in conservation. I met some great people, making some friends for life; the benefits of the programme are numerous and have had a hugely profound effect on my life, and I am sure it will on yours too. LTO is a wonderful organisation doing truly good work with the local community setting them far above and beyond any other similar organisations, and I cannot recommend them or the CAP enough, especially for anyone interested in biology or conservation, or simply to broaden their horizons and do something new and amazing. I cannot wait to go back and do the Divemaster Internship!” ~Thomas Hasson, 2017 CAP volunteer

 

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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, 2016 volunteer

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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, 2015 & 2016 volunteer

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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, 2015 Volunteer

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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, 2015 volunteer

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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 is a very friendly place 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, 2015 volunteer

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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, 2015 volunteer

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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, 2015 volunteer