Lauren Terrigeol | WWF

About me...

I grew up in the French Alps, near the Swiss border. I did a Master degree in Environmental Project Management, after three years of biology studies. For the last five years, I have lived and travelled in Sweden, London, India, Quebec, Southeast Asia and around the Indian Ocean - in search of new discoveries, beautiful landscapes, different cultures, but mainly in search of myself. Passionate about nature, photography, travels and writing, I founded a travel website to share my adventures abroad and the beauty of our world.
 

What I learned in Madagascar...

From August to December 2016, I participated to the Restoration & Community Management of Mangroves in Manambolo-Tsiribihina Landscape as an intern. It has been an intense experience, very challenging and rewarding, mainly on a personal level.

During this three months in a small and isolated village on the west coast of Madagascar, we managed to change people's behaviour, slowly. Conservation is a continuous process and we only planted a seed, but it is a good beginning ! Even if it didn't seem much, I believe we have had a significant impact.

Throughout this internship, after trying different ways, we learned how to teach people about environmental conservation, how to attract them to our events and how to interest them. We also set up a clean-up day during the week and taught them how to build useful "kamado".

Motivated and happy to help this village, I set up a fundraising to renovate the market area and to build three wells and a few landfills. In the village, we were rather left on our own, with our sole imagination to create and organize things. I learned to put into practice my ideas. Yes, if you want to, you can realize anything !

 

Some advice before doing a similar experience...

First of all, be prepared to live in a place where you won't understand the language. Communication is the key, but with some patience, determination and smiles, you will learn how to engage with people. Malagasy people won my heart. In spite of poverty and life challenges, they always smile and laugh, they are very kind and helpful, and have a positive mind...

... but they also tend to have a fatalistic attitude, living one day at a time and not looking much ahead. Be patient. You will never be able to follow your timetable as planned. Everything is slow there, very slow. Accept it and be prepared to have plenty of spare time (to read, think, meditate, etc.).

Finally, don't worry and don't have too big expectations. Have faith in you, nothing is impossible. Remember, it is when life challenges you the most that you live your most valuable experiences. This experience allowed me to build confidence in my abilities and to overpass myself, and I am very thankful for that !
 

And now ?

Well, that's the big question and I need some time to think about it. Currently, I am searching for an interesting work experience, anywhere in the world, consistent with my passions and values.
MY PICTURES OF MADAGASCAR

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

- Gandhi