Hermione spent 3 months in Mexico and 3 months in Australia completing a work placement as part of her BSc Marine Biology degree
During my year abroad, I have been to two separate continents on two different industry placements. My first placement was situated in Veracruz, on the Gulf Coast of Mexico in a remote village. The placement itself was based on the conservation of endangered sea turtles. The work included patrolling miles of beach to find sea turtle nests to ensure the safety of the eggs. I also partook in environmental education in the surrounding villages and towns, giving presentations to children of all ages on the importance of environmental preservation.
My second placement was spent working with the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. The placement was very academic and was based on research in a seawater facility. The research was on coral reefs and conservation. I ran an experiment start to finish, testing different environmental conditions on corals and seeing the reaction. The work was challenging as it was more focused on academia, including data analysis, using initiative and writing scientifically. I tried to take as many opportunities travelling as possible, including spending time on Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Perth.
My main aims of this year abroad were to open my eyes to living in different areas and decide if I wanted to go into the industry under these particular careers. I completely fulfilled them and believe that I have a new aspect on life in general. I am incredibly grateful for the experiences and opportunities that the Go Global team have opened up for me, that I would not have been able to do without the support, both economically and morally, of the office.