WWF Volunteer Programme - what's it all about?
The aim is also is to enable you to effectively communicate your experiences to others (there's more on this below and under The Deal is This).
Overall, WWF wants to provide you with an insight into the world of conservation work on the ground, in the field. In doing so it hopes and believes that you will be inspired and motivated by what you see and what you do, and that you will carry this through the rest of your life.
Volunteers will be drawn from a vast range of backgrounds and, while you must have previously demonstrated some type of commitment to the goals of WWF, you are not required to be pursuing a career in conservation.
However, it has to be said that we can only send approximately 25 young people into the field each year.
What work will be done?
During your time in the field, you will work on conservation initiatives, called Youth Flagship Projects, that are integrated into the field activities of WWF.
An example of such a Project is the establishment of a new protected area where you'll be involved with a range of activities such as the collection of field data, consultations with local communities, building infrastructure support.
What is wanted in return
The volunteer programme is designed to have an impact far beyond the individual young people who are directly involved.
If selected, you will be asked to create compelling stories, pictures and possibly videos and other digital communications about your experiences.
WWF hopes that your inspiration and talent at communicating what you see and experience can help others like your self gain insight and inspiration from your achievements.
Find out more on what the deal is...
Malagasy people taught me that it's possible to face adversity with strength and optimism, as well as to make the most out of every situation... basic human values are the same all over the world, no matter your ethnic group, social status, gender, or culture. More importantly [it] showed me the way forward for conservation efforts, making me realize that it is all about people, their personal situation, and their ties with nature.
Sponsorship camera&video equipment
Don't be fooled
This means you'll need to be in good physical condition and be willing, in some cases, to put up with some pretty basic living conditions.