"I loved the project"
Georgia Smith, from Australia, joined for 4 weeks in November 2018
I loved the project. It’s well organised, the living conditions are great and it was well worth the money. The coordinator is great to work with. The program was very hands-on and provided many opportunities to work with turtles, seabirds, tortoises and invertebrates too. I went to the island already being quite experienced with working with turtles (my job in Australia) so it was a bit frustrating having to go through the whole training process – but otherwise this would be great for people who have never had this experience. And I completely understand why they do it.
I thoroughly enjoyed being given responsibility on the island, in regards to the field work. One thing that a few of us struggled with whilst we were there was how intense the days were. We all got used to it in the end. Often we would wake up before 6am and have to continue field work into the night. This wasn’t the coordinator’s fault – it’s an island where lots of work needs to be done! Other than that the experience was great, and I would recommend it to anyone.
"Incredibly educational experiences"
Tyche, from the Netherlands, joined the project for 4 weeks
Both turtle monitoring and the seabird monitoring were incredibly educational experiences. Observing a turtle whilst she’s nesting is definitely one of the most special things I’ve seen, and I have developed a real fondness for the seabirds and their chicks whose progress we monitored in the weeks after they hatched. (Cousin) inspires in a completely positive way a desire to preserve nature and wildlife that goes beyond an intellectual understanding.
"The grandest of my adventures in life"
James, from the UK, joined the programme for 4 weeks
Coming to Cousin Island has been by far the grandest of my adventures in life so far. With the challenges brought by the island, time allows you to acclimatise just fine and the rewards infinitely outweigh any struggle you might face. During my stay I’ve seen more species of tropical fish and birds than I dare to count and I have also done extensive fieldwork in a setting most only dream of.