Mila Varola from Italy - Postgraduate in Marine Biology

"I joined the Seal Centre team from November 2018 until the end of February 2019. As a volunteer, I lived in the campus with other people, who turned out to be some of the best mates I’ve ever met. Living in campus for me meant being a part of a big family and the place itself is just next to the seal center, so it was awesome to have breakfast with the amusing view of seals chilling in the pools. The center is full of nice people I had the pleasure to meet and to work with: both vets and seal care team are very helpful and not afraid to share their knowledge and the heaviest work with the newbies, which is something you don’t see everywhere. I really really enjoyed working with them. Beside the seal care activities, I had a very good and busy time as a part of the acoustic research team. As it was my first experience in the seal acoustic field, I had to learn as quickly as possible the basics and how to use tools and software. Under the supervision of Dr. Ravignani, we created a very good working environment, always ready to help each other and stimulating the creativity and problem solving skills. Of course, living in such a close contact with seals and seeing how their health increases day by day developes in you a sense of affection for them, so even if you are going to miss them, there is no better feeling of seeing them finally released into the wild."

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