Michael Murunga

Introduction

About Me

Hi There! Wow. I’m Micah a 25 year old conservation biologist from Kenya. In 2013 I joined the WWF family of Global volunteers on an Expedition to Madagascar. Graduated from the University of Nairobi, Chiromo Campus same year with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management with a Specialty in Conservation Communication.

Why Join Explore!

I joined the Explore Programme having had a prior interaction with several conservation organization including the Kenya Wildlife Services. For me getting that call to join the programme offered an opportunity to experience what is classified as the best conservation organization in the world. I had two sole things in mind to experience what it’s like to work with WWF and to further understand difficulties faced in conservation and as well as other developing nations.

Experience as a Volunteer

What I have Learned

First working with WWF is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will only gain to open your door to the immense global challenges that we continue to face. People in developing nations have been made to believe that help from the outside is always what creates the necessary change. I was in Madagascar courtesy of WWF International, WWF MWIOPO and other partners who aided in my travel the experience was worthwhile. I was to intervene in Village Ankazomborona, District of Ambilobe, Region Diana Northern Madagascar. We (Guillaume lippinois, Tatiania Saade and Me) were working on a Adaptation to Climate Change Project In Bay Ambaro Seascape.

Once in Madagascar, I was in a different world. It was my first time In an Island state and it presented an array of mixed thoughts. The realization that I couldn’t speak proper French as I come from a English speaking nation made the experience more exciting from the airport to the hotel and finally to the villages. I walked in confusion for a couple of days trying to find a bearing of the beauty and strange place that I had found myself.

Time in Madagascar offered me different perspectives to life’s views. I was powerless there, engulfed with beautiful, cool and respectful people. With my not so good Malagasy you would ask for directions to the nearest bank, bureau, restaurant and where to get a taxi bourse (that was always exciting). Just you know the taxi bourse is never full.

I spent time in Ankazomborona…a village I grow nostalgic of any time the name comes up. I have come to fall in love with the people, villages, and lifestyles and above all I met awesome friends that I do not believe I would if it was not for WWF. I at time have watery eyes and shade small drops of tears when I think of the glamorous moments I had in the village. In the village the party never stops. It’s all the time and all week. 
 

Malagasy are very curious and want to learn a lot, you will come to learn that they are shielded from the rest of Africa when it comes to global development and information. They do not live in hurry, live at the moment and handle each day as it comes.
 

“Being in Madagascar you learn how to live life on the basic of levels possible, you understand how people are greatly interlinked to natural resources extraction and how degradation of such resources tends to affect them”. 

Back Home

Lesson Sharing
 I spent 3 three remarkable months in Madagascar; represented with huge culture changes and economical dynamics. I came home and I have never stopped thinking what the Explore! Programme did for me. Talking about the trip with people and letting them know what I had experienced was the greatest of challenges. 
 
WHAT I HAD EXPERIECED COULDN’T BE PLACED INTO WORD…..COULDN’T.
 
On coming home I have given 3 presentation of my experience to varied audience ranging from University students and faculty at the University of Nairobi, Members of Youth Environmental Awareness Movement (Chiromo Environmental Awareness Club), Congregations at Parklands Baptist Church and lastly to the I41 group of Environmental Conservationist. The conversations never seems to come to an end. 
 
One sad truth on what people never realize is that this programme exposes you and puts you at the core of conservation. You become very motivated at the course of global conservation.  I have come to appreciate the need to combat climate change and see to it that communities are well prepared at the changing tides of time.
 
 

 You must know how to know and remember that you will only change what you see

Michael Murunga

For Advice

 Whenever you need advice as a potential explorer. get in touch and let share some of the lessons with you as you prepare. 

mich.murunga@gmail.com and +254770460727

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