Miss Saumya GUPTA
• BSc student (major in Ecology & Biodiversity (Intensive))
• Participant of the project “Shark Trek” in Philippines
"What I had seen in the survey was untouched by tourism and it gave me the experience of a lifetime."
“The Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Fund generously funded me and a team of 12 people to work on a project about underwater surveys, sharks and manta ray conservation. We collaborated with a National Geographic Explorer and went to Palawan, Philippines to learn about manta activities.
As a student of ecology, nature conservation and scientific research are key aspects of my undergraduate education. The opportunity to apply conservation theory to create surveillance tools and see its immediate effects was too good to pass, and I am extremely glad that this project happened. Aside from building an underwater camera, we snorkelled in clear deep waters off the northern edge of the island, where we saw rays and floated mere centimetres above huge mounds of coral. The experience of snorkelling in open water is definitely not one I am going to forget soon.
The project gave me key skills like logistic handling, time management, and leadership qualities, which I have always been hesitant to pursue. Coordinating schedules and meetings for 12 people was at times a nightmare, but it taught me how to overcome my fears about handling problems.”