It was heart breaking walking into the office that morning knowing it would be my last time. I already felt like a part of SEC and had done so much in just two weeks. I had been dreading Friday, the end of my internship at SEC, but when Mr Tony called me into his office to give me a proper farewell he assured me that it was not the end. To my delight I was invited to come back if I ever wanted to do so and I’m already considering working with the SEC again during my next holidays. We talked about how the internship was and I thanked him for all the trouble he’d gone through making sure I had a memorable experience at the organisation. I am really grateful and especially happy because the work they do is related to what I want to study in the future and only made me even more sure of my decision.
As time passed my internship only got more exciting. I was given the task of developing ideas to help promote energy efficient and conservative practices. I was a bit skeptical at first as I don’t think of myself as the most creative person although I am always up for a challenge. By the end of the day I had come up with some good ideas and I was quite proud of my work. I thankfully received positive remarks.
I took a break from SEC on Thursday to spend the day at PCU with Ms Elaine Ernesta, Resource Efficiency Project Manager. I met a whole new group of people who were equally as friendly as the awesome people at SEC. To start the day off I was given explanation on the function of the PCU, how it operates and it’s relation to the GOS-UNDP-GEF. Ms Elaine also gave me examples of what the organisation is working on. I had the opportunity of observing a ‘kozkilowatt’ interview in town whereby a gentleman was asked about his energy consumption at home and what he does to ensure as little energy consumption as possible. The videos are shared on the Facebook page, Resource Efficiency Seychelles.
And then it was Friday... I couldn’t believe how fast time had gone by. Before I knew it I was packing up my desk and saying goodbye to SEC and the wonderful people I had met. To my surprise I was offered a parting gift and there was also an organised visit to the Power Station. I found the visit fascinating as I had never been there before. There was no better way to end the amazing two weeks. After a group photo with everyone and lots of goodbyes I left SEC with a great deal of new found knowledge, much needed experience and the intention of returning one day.
Written by Nikita Rennie