Conceal don’t feel. Conceal don’t feel. The only thought that went through my head. I walked down the flight of stairs and out of the building. My hands quivered. I glanced back at the SEYPEC building. After a couple of steps it finally dawned. I’m never going back. On Monday when I wake up I won’t be going to Petro Seychelles. Without realising it, one of the best chapters of my life had just ended. The two weeks seemed to have flew by extremely fast.
Monday started with more learning about the oil company, and its importance and I finally completed the paper about the origin of the Seychelles archipelago. You’d be astounded to learn about the value of Seychelles and its potential. Petro Seychelles handles research about oil exploration in Seychelles. Research is carried out to find sources of oil from the stretches of the Seychelles micro continent but they also ensure that any operation going on in the Seychelles waters are sustainable and at the same time beneficial for the economy of Seychelles.
I always thought that the possibility of oil exploration in Seychelles was either impossible or simply unsafe and threatening to the amazing species diversity in the Seychelles Ocean. However after two weeks at PetroSeychelles I learned that I should not draw my own conclusion about any situation, but rather look at it from more than one perspective.
During the week I went on a field trip in the north looking at the different impressive structures such as dykes and xenoliths in the Seychelles granite that support the theory of the Seychelles movement. I learned about Climate change and its relation to Geology. The trip also provided knowledge about the other projects that Petro Seychelles works on such as the mass movement observations and finding solution.
The staff at Petro Seychelles resembled that of a small family. Everyone knows each other. Everyone is approachable and they all tried to make me feel like I belonged. On Friday I was queried to prepare a presentation to show what I learned during the weeks at Petro Seychelles. Extremely helpful tips were shared in light of my presentation and my time at Petro Seychelles.
One beautiful sight was the staffs decorating their own small Christmas tree for the office. This portrayed the lack of tension in the office and the amicable connection, even though they work really hard they can still hold on to their holiday spirit.
The experience was enlightening. It was my first experience getting hands on experience within an organisation. I loved every minute of it, it was challenging but at the same time it was eye opening. I learned some valuable life lessons together with a wide amount about Geology.
I want to again, thank everyone for making this possible; SYAH, The British High Commission, the organisations and everyone else that made the internship possible. If anyone is wondering if it was a success, I will vouch that it was successful. I urge more youth to take an interest in the Blue Economy and its importance to Seychelles.
“…The Aquatic Economy is a dormant part of our Heritage…” –Joshua Sofola