Hi everyone. The decision is made. Google has been fired-up. Its time to start looking. I've been promising myself that one day, I would change my life and take myself off on an adventure and the starting point for that is an internship at a dive centre. Any advice on whether to go down the self-funded or worked-for routes would be great and any particular dive centres that could be recommended would be great too. I'll be aiming to go in Quarter 2/3 of 2018. I didn't take a "gap-yah" when I graduated, but 10 years later I've build a career (now safely logged on my CV), paid off uni and renovated a very-rentable little house. With no dependants or family (and a deep hatred of working in an office) - if ever there was a time to go, its now. Google brings up thousands of internship programmes all around the world - some (almost) fully funded through work in the dive centre, others partially funded by the trainee (usually a few grand up front to cover certs/accommodation/etc). I have to start somewhere, so thought I'd ask here to see if anyone could recommend a particular place. The duration of the trip would be determined by how long I can support myself financially - obviously any opportunity for (modestly-paid) work would extend this: there is no end-date, if I could keep it going for years then I would be open to that too - I suppose in that vein I might be better looking for a job at a dive centre where part of the pay would be my training and the rest would cover food and basic accommodation (subject to work permits etc). Most of those advertised seem to be short-term (1-4 months) structured arrangements where the aim is to get to DM and then out. I'm looking at a longer term - 12 months plus and I would be very interested in full-instructor training too which may make things more complicated. The places I've dived are the Maldives, Malta, Red Sea, Tanzania (and Hawaii in 10 weeks) and I'm really looking for a tropical place on the backpacker/adventure-tourist routes (SE Asia, Oceania/Polynesian Triangle - maybe the Caribbean). Phew! Apologies for the long post. Any advice is welcome and thank you for reading.