“BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION???! But that’s a superior office! I’m not fit for this!” – This was pretty much my reaction after I knew I was doing my internship there. Fear and anxiety attacks!
I woke up quite early on Monday which was my first day. Rushing to prepare myself and making sure everything was spot on for the first day. I went through the hustle and bustle of traffic and taking the bus very early which wasn’t pleasant at all, which added more pressure on me! I was feeling nervous and I kept overthinking over and over again. I started to feel like I was losing my mind and even talked to myself while walking down the hall of the building, trying to keep my nerves down! Is this even something a normal person would do???
Let me introduce myself to you! My name is Stana Mousbe, I am 15 years of age currently going to Beau-Vallon Secondary School. With an aspiration to become a marine biologist in the future, I saw the internship programme as a way to enrich my knowledge and develop skills that would benefit me later on. I was on cloud nine when I read my acceptance letter and I couldn’t control my emotion!
As I reached at the entrance of the building, I took a deep breath and stepped in. As I made my way out out of the lift, I had to go through the security after this Mrs. Suzanne greeted me and got me into the office. Having to wait for Ash (my wonderful supervisor) I had to read the newspaper which I don’t usually do at home! But what can I say? New day, new beginnings!
When Ash arrived at the office, she introduced me to the team who were the most pleasant, cheerful and unexplainably friendly! She then gave me a tour around the office and brief me about my job and plans for the upcoming days. Then, she handed me a handful of blue economy and marine based books so I could do some reading and note down a few things which will be essential later.
My day kick started with a meeting with the High Commissioner, Mrs. Caron, who also briefed me about the commission and my tasks. Following this meeting, I had another meeting with the Sustainable Tourism Foundation which was conducted by Ms. Diana. She basically explained to me how the foundation are promoting sustainable tourism in Seychelles which in turn would help our citizen, the tourist and most important the environment of Seychelles and the criteria needed in order for a hotels to receive the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL). My day was concluded by a meeting with Mrs. Dominique who is the Commonwealth advisor. Her job is to provide advice and help the Government of Seychelles with the blue economy projects. She loaded my head with a wide range of knowledge about the blue economy and how the commonwealth is helping Seychelles. It was indeed a fruitful meeting which I enjoyed very much!
My first day was a really beneficial day as I learnt about the blue economy and what it really mean! Unfortunately I’m running out of space, I’ll give more details about my internship in my next blog.