If volunteering for WWF sounds appealing, do not hesitate to apply. Fortunately, there is no such thing as a typical volunteer: my team’s interests varied from Botany to Business, from DJing to skiing, and from cookery to poetry! Whatever your interests, the most important attributes of a WWF volunteer are a passion for the natural world, and an appetite for discovering unfamiliar lands and peoples. Also useful are a sense of humour, a readiness to change your opinions and goals, a tolerance for rice, and a decent head-torch.
If you remain unconvinced, I leave it to W.H. Auden (1936) to persuade you of the joys that can accompany a departure from the rat-race and an immersion in nature’s tranquillity:
Out on the lawn I lie in bed,
Vega conspicuous overhead
In the windless nights of June;
Forests of green have done complete
The day’s activity; my feet
Point to the rising moon.
Lucky, this point in time and space
Is chosen as my working place;
Where the sexy airs of summer,
The bathing hours and the bare arms,
The leisured drives through a land of farms,
Are good to the newcomer.