As an Animal Biology & Ecology student, choosing Lampedusa Turtle Rescue for my placement year was easy. Working with sea turtles was an opportunity that I wouldn’t be able to have where I come from. But truly, I was not ready for what was coming next.

Denise came here, but the Denise leaving is not the same. Everyday I learned something new about Italian culture, about sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation, but even about myself. I have explored my interest in animal behaviour and found my passion for science communication.

And I am grateful to everyone I met, especially Daniela Freggi. In the future, I hope I can be at least a fraction of the person you are, my forever mentor.

It wasn’t always easy but I would choose it all over again, every time.