Because the Indian people always start laughing about my name, which means hair in Hindi, I will immediately start with my motivation for the program. After finishing my master’s programme Natural Resources Management at Utrecht University, I wanted to learn more about nature conservation in foreign countries and use my knowledge and capacities for this goal. Besides that, I always try to work on my personal development. This made the Global Youth Volunteering Programme of WWF International the right choice for me: all my goals could be reached in these three months. Although I originally applied for Madagascar, India is also an important nature conservation area: the economy is booming and the population is still rising, creating many problems for India’s beautiful nature. Action should be taken before it is too late. Therefore, I was very happy when WWF International offered me this placement at WWF India.
During my participation in the program, I saw different aspects of nature conservation. Also, living in a culture that is totally different from The Netherlands was an eye-opener for me. I had to get used to the lack of structure, to poverty and to a lot of pollution. However, I was also very impressed by its beautiful nature and culture. To me, my time in India was incredible and probably life changing. If you are allowed to experience this, be prepared for some rough times but probably for the time of your life as well! I will tell you my story now. I will start with an introduction about WWF in the landscape, followed by my own experiences and some recommendations. If you speak Dutch, you can also read my blog on www.keesinindia.waarbenjij.nu