Volunteer opportunity in Madagascar's Northern Mozambique Channel with WWF Volunteer Internship Programme EXPLORE!
During my placement in Ambilobe, a site located in the WWF Madagascar NMC Landscape (Northern Mozambique Channel), I have learned a lot during four months of intervention. The programme really gave me the opportunity to improve my ability in many ways, both on personal and professional skills.
Through “EXPLORE!”, I have got an overview of a project management, establishing logical framework, the real challenge in field when implementing conservation project, conflict management, writing article and report, and many other things regarding professional aspects. Also, it has given me the chance to apply the theoretical knowledge that I have acquired as Geographer by carrying out technical work such as Ecological Health Assessment. The mission has empowered my communication skills as well, whether expressing myself in public or living and working in a multicultural environment. Regarding this last point, our group include two Malagasy, a Rwandan and a French, and this plunged us in a total immersion both linguistic, through the use of English, French and the local dialect, and cultural through sharing of points of view, wisdom, etc ... As a team we supported each other and always stay positive to pass through the experience together. Besides, some activities were tough, but in a good way, they have reinforced my endurance and perseverance, both physically and mentally. Living among local community was such a rich experience, their generosity astonished me, you know they don’t have much resource but they still share what they own with you with a broad smile, this showed me how good human nature could be, and made me believe how better the world could be if everyone would be willing to work for mutual help and peace.
Tree nursery implementing in Antsatrana:To tackle climate change and reduce the pressure of anthropic act on mangroves, one of solutions that the little village of Antsatrana chose was the implementation of a tree nursery. As “EXPLORE!” volunteer, we had lived among the community for one week to implement the project. Our participation went from installing the 1 m * 10 m flowerbed, till the end of the process. Every morning during 4 days, we woke up early in order to resume our field of work, the tree nursery. The sun almost lifted when we were already cycling to travel the 10 km that separated us from the nursery. Strong heat had always been our lot as the 39*C made us sweat the whole day. Moreover, thousand of mosquitoes stung us while we were filling with substrate the pots dedicated to receive the seeds. Hard work it was in a very difficult condition. It was not obvious at all however, after completing the work, no word could describe our awarding feeling. We were able to make 784 eucalyptus pots.
“EXPLORE!” offers you an adventure but also challenges along with. Stay focused, goal oriented, and always keeps a positive mindset and some good tips to overcome tough times!
Now, I am the Landscape Manager of Loky-Manambato , a terrestrial and marine site in the North-Eastern part of Madagascar, within a Malagasy NGO named “Fanamby”,” Fanamby” that means challenge in Malagasy language.Yes, strong from my experience with “EXPLORE!”, I took up the challenge again. With over 32 team mates, we will make this 250 000 ha site of Loky-Manambato a great managed conservation project.