The most exciting thing for me was to maintain a high standard conservation project in such an extremely remote environment as Andavadoaka. At the time, we had little communication with the outside world, electricity only a few hours a day (at best), and so many things that could go... totally unplanned! I would have traded that everyday excitement for an office in London for nothing in the world.
My fondest memories of my time in Andava are to do with the people and the children of all the villages of the Velondriake area. Working with the elders to implement the marine conservation network, training the young fishermen to dive so they can monitor their fishing sites themselves, playing with the kids on the beach, partying with the villagers during celebrations... are all moments that will remain with me always. That year in Madagascar was definitely the most challenging and fulfilling of my professional life.