Studying in the Galapagos Islands has been surreal, researching endemic species and having close encounters with these incredible creatures, words hardly describe the raw and rare experience. The abundance of marine life is unbelievable and swimming with sea lions never gets old, on numerous occasions I have had my flippers, arm, GoPro and sometimes face chewed playfully. Watching them dance in the ocean is remarkable and mesmerizing.
Studying here involves lots of field work with most research projects involving scuba diving or snorkelling.
Class is Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm, therefore afternoons and weekends are free to swim with sea lions, camp on private beaches, surf uncrowded waves, dive with hammerhead sharks, snorkel with turtles, sleep in 300 year old tree houses, island hop, hang with tortoises as old as your grandparents and watch the beautiful sunsets. Being here, for such an extended amount of time is a mermaids dream. It has allowed me to indulge into this beautiful culture, expand on my Spanish vocabulary and further expand on my marine knowledge as there are limited Marine subjects available at USC.
By Steph Gabriel