More about me and why I decided marine conservation and volunteer work…
When I saw the Marine Conservation Philippines website the first time it was a case of love its first site. I was really beginning to get so fed up with a life of eating working sleeping just to buy things we don’t need.
Giving money alone was just not going to be good enough anymore, I had to get involved. I just know this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I have always had a tremendous love of water and the ocean. Well, I always have re-occurring dreams that I can breathe under water. Don’t know if it is the fact that my birthday on the cusp of Aquarius & Pisces that it might have anything to do with it.
What I do know is I love the ocean and people. We as humans are all connected just like water drops that make up the oceans.
Even as a child, I loved water and diving I was able to swim before I could walk. I have always wanted to become a scuba diver. I have always envied people that did volunteer work. Since leaving high school I worked my ass off. I worked two jobs at a time and paid twice the amount in taxes. Every time I saved enough study diving or marine conservation. Something would always happen that forced me to rip into those savings.
I would often listen to some friends that had their dive training in the military tell me about their stories about their dive jobs and I silently wished I had gone to military school. If I only would have known back then, that doing my dive training in the military was an option I would have.
I use to think I had to become rich first
Growing up poor made me think. The sooner I can get to work and make some money, the sooner I can reach my dreams of being a diver. I was once doing a bar shift in my mid 20’s when I met an older gentleman who told me some amazing stories about traveling the world and doing volunteer work all over the planet and I remember thinking to myself “that sounds amazing, I would give anything to do that.” I asked him “how does one get to do volunteer work like that”, he replied, “one has to be rich.”
His words completely discouraged me. Here I was working for minimum wage, classified as unskilled labor doing bar work, and even though I was very good at my job and worked very long hours to save and become rich, tax laws are not written in favor of the small fish working their ass off! In fact, we pay most in taxes. But here is something I have learned from the small fish in the ocean. If we get together as one we outperform our predators and scare them away.
I realized I needed a better plan.
I needed to make up for some lost time so that I could start living my life in the water where I belong.
This is when I discovered I could do scuba lessons as a volunteer worker with Marine Conservation Philippines and at the same time, I can do my internship as a marine conservationist. So this way I get to fulfill 3 dreams at the same time. The dream of doing volunteer work. The dream of diving and marine conservation. Now I feel I am back on track. Now I am making up the lost time and covering the distance between my dream and myself.
On my page volunteering, I discuss a bit more about the reasons why a volunteer pays and who and what benefits from it. Please click the button below and let me explain the best I can.