Marine conservation: Working in Greece
BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Practical Conservation student Laura Roper spent a semester with the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Greece, on an Erasmus+ Traineeship. Here's what she had to say about the experience:
Hi Laura! How you have found your work abroad experience?
I loved my work abroad experience and I’m so glad I took the opportunity to go. The places I saw and the people I met were amazing and I had so many invaluable experiences whilst there. Personally, I’m also much more confident now than I was before as well.
What are the main differences in the teaching/working styles?
It was different getting actual practical work experience rather than the teaching I’m used to at the University, but this allowed me to use the things I had learned in lectures and learn new skills for my future career. In Greece they also have a much more laid-back approach to work, and I enjoyed not having additional stress and pressure from deadlines etc.
How have you found making friends? Have you joined any societies for example?
It was difficult at first, not knowing anyone at all, but then you realise everyone’s in the same boat and you’re spending all your time together working and socialising, and you create really strong bonds. I made lots of friends from all different countries which was great. We took a holiday to Athens together and we’re still in touch. I’ve just visited one of them in Budapest!
What’s the best thing about doing study/work abroad?
I would say the unique opportunities it provides. You’ll make lifelong friends and come back with amazing memories. You’ll get to experience different cultures and visit beautiful parts of the world.
What advice would you give to students considering studying/working abroad?
Don’t let the stress of paperwork and the fear of such a big step stop you from going for it. This was the first time I’d ever been abroad alone, and it was scary at first but I’m so glad that I didn’t let that stop me because it ended up being one of the best things I’ve done so far!