The 65-day (excluding weekend and holidays) programme was an interesting one and although there were challenges, it was an overall priceless experience. From writing reports, to updating the social media pages, to assisting in the planning of events and attending outreach activities; every task was rewarding in its execution.
Although the terms of reference I was given stated that my work activities would be largely “desk-based”, I appreciated that I was able to attend three events which took me outside of the office and allowed for interaction with persons other than UNEP CEP staff.
The three outreach activities I went on were different, not only in their orientation, but also in the lesson learnt from each one. Despite my love for associating with; teaching people, the outreach activity I preferred, was the one I went on recently- a seagrass monitoring field trip for the GOJ/ EU/ UNEP Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction Project. The visual component (Glass bottom boat tour to monitor the rate of seagrass growth) worked wonders in understanding the successes of the project.
Interacting with members of different organizations, UNEP CEP staff and my fellow interns was a truly pleasant experience. Despite, some delays in project execution, everything else was pretty smooth. I appreciate how accommodating the staff is at the UNEP CEP and they really did allow for a pleasant three months. Working with four other interns was also fun since we were in the same age range and have similar goals for our lives.
All in all, I am unable to find words to describe how wonderful this UNEP CEP internship has been. I am forever grateful for the lessons it taught me about myself.
There is no simple way to seek to change the minds of people within the Caribbean, to accept proper environmental practices (I knew it would have been difficult before this internship, but working here has allowed me to see the harsh reality).
Some activities in the work plan were a bit vague, even after it was explained to me , however I did my best to complete them.