Learning and doing
Some communities have even begun to reinvest into things like carpentry lessons and improvements to their roads. These are highly motivated people who are becoming defenders of their natural environments.
Advice for those to follow
If you want an incredible experience, are willing to work hard to make a difference, and don’t mind a little bit of mud, then you have nothing but great opportunities. There is a lot of incredible work being done around the world and the WWF is one of the key NGOs. Working with them is a great chance to learn, help, and have fun while doing it.
If you are worried that your CV doesn’t fit a conservation organization but you feel that you have something to offer anyway, apply. It is most definitely worth it.
Take a look at my video...
Many people think of "development" and "conservation" as competing concepts. When you travel to remote regions of the world, many of us would rather see them preserved completely.
In the forests east of the region of Ivohibe, Madagascar, we can see that the local population is struggling to make ends meet. People in this situation cannot defend their environments. As such, development actually becomes a priority for international conservation organizations such as the WWF.
When seeing the situation that the people in this area lived in, I immediately wanted to make my movie about their efforts to improve their situation and the WWF's mission to help along the way.
French, Spanish, and Malagasy versions will be uploaded shortly.
For those interested in having a similar experience, please visit the WWF International website and follow the links to the Explore volunteer programme.