Profile: Liz Cotterell 1

Where are you from and when did you arrive? Originally from Brisbane, but I lived in Canberra for nearly 10 years. I arrived in February 2014!

What brings you to Solomon Islands? I’m here to work as an AVID volunteer with the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology. I’m a Protected Areas Adviser there, helping the Ministry to declare protected areas in the Solomon Islands.

What’s your favourite thing to do here? Dive!

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve done in your life? Hmmm that is a tough one, I am constantly trying to top the last amazing thing… I can’t narrow it down to just one but my highlights so far include doing my Divemaster in Komodo, Indonesia, channelling Indiana Jones in the western desert of Egypt, diving with sailfish, dolphins and mantas in the Maldives and getting vertigo at the Priekestollen on the Sognefjord in Norway.

If you could give others one piece of advice, what would it be? Just do it. Oh wait, someone had that idea already. Follow your dreams.

What is numbeone on your bucket list? To walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.



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