After the completion of the two weeks of internship, I decided to ask for an extension to be back at the Seychelles Air Force, and the good news came when I was told that my request has been accepted and with no hesitation I contacted Cpt. Zarine and we made arrangement for the base access as well as program the days that I will be attached at the base.
Two days of patrol in a row, it couldn’t be better than that.
On the 20th and the 21st of December my colleagues and I boarded one of the coast guard’s fast response boat the 211 and went to patrol the Port of Victoria as well as the Eden island. During the one hour of patrol we all got the chance to steer the boat, and I can assure you that this was very exciting. Us, the girls definitely gave the guys onboard a big challenge.
After a, what I was secretly dreading two weeks, I closed the door to the SMSA office and walked down the steps with a feeling of sadness and nostalgia. I never thought I would feel this way at first, but now look at me, wishing I had two more weeks at the organisation.
Knowing barely anything, on the 5th of December I embarked on my new journey as an intern at the Seychelles Energy Commission. On the 22nd, 2 weeks later I ended my journey knowing way more than I anticipated on the first day. On top of that I was surprised with a wonderful parting gift. Indeed my duration at the commission was a fruitful one.
I would like to say a big thank you to all the SMSA employees, for their welcome, explanations and kindness. They were all available to provide us advices and help throughout the internship.
“How is the Seychelles Air Force and the Seychelles Coast Guard related to the Blue Economy?” A question that I’ve been asked several times by my family, friends and even by Cpt. R Zarine on our last day at the Seychelles Air Force last Friday on the 15/12/17 during our debrief.
In order to be able to answer this question, I believe that I must first start by asking myself…
Hey everyone, it’s Talia again! During this first week at Seychelles Safety Maritime Administration (SMSA), I had the chance to discover many information concerning Seychelles’ economy and its major role into the Blue economy worldwide. Thanks to SMSA, I had the possibility to visit a large amount of ships, and therefore materialize easily the two main revenues of Seychelles: tourism and fishing. I understood much more how the Seychelles’ economy needs its precious marine resources.