Céline De Caluwé
What's it like to be a volunteer in Madagascar?
Great volunteering team
After a week of intensive language course and getting general information about the project in Antananarivo, the local culture and a first aid course, we were ready to start the field work. We met our new teammates: the field agents of WWF, with whom we would be doing the field work for the coming three months.
The field work
The PHCF has following main objectives: sensibilisation, alternatives for slash and burn, natural resources management transfer, reforestation and restoration and the creation of new protected areas. Our activities were based on these objectives. Our activities were based on working with COBAs (« communauté de base », villager communities) which are divided in many groups and we worked on growing vegetables, fish breading, intensive rice systems, rabbit breading, duck breading and bee keeping. In each COBA we visited, we gave advices about techniques and management, verified the report books and helped them with filling it in. Our activities of reforestation were mainly based on working in tree nursery, pruning trees and visiting reforestation areas. We also showed different videos including videos on climate change, pollution and conservation and development.
My personal experience
As important is that our daily life in Europe has an impact of conservation. So doing sensibilisation work in Madagascar should go together with sensibilisation in Eruope (and worldwide).
Most of all I want to thank my collegue volunteers. We had a very intense and enriching time together that I will never forget.
Today, I have the chance to have a job I enjoy every day: working for WWF Belgium on International Projects. I wish everybody of our team can get the chances they deserve: we did a good job friends!
It will be different than what you expect