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April 25, 2012
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April 25, 2012
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PRCF is composed of dedicated staff, both on the management level as on the field level. The projects they implement are truly focused on conservation of biodiversity. What impressed me when I met the team in Indonesia is the loyalty to the organization based on their view that PRCF works on the ground with communities, something they themselves can help shape through their own actions. They are happy to work for PRCF because the nature of the organization lets them do that and they feel that PRCF is really focused on the community level. Funds that go to PRCF represents well spent money, as only a minimum goes into overhead, without a bloated set of staff. Topics that PRCF typically seeks to cover focuses on threatened and endangered species, looking for community based resource management options wherever possible.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 25, 2012
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April 25, 2012
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As a current volunteer, I assist the organization with developing ideas for marketing campaigns and help with grants and database updating. For example, I recently worked on a "tweet blast," using the social media network Twitter, to spread the word about Earth Day and give environmental tips and information. The staff that I have worked with have been very open and friendly, and I feel very comfortable communicating with them. They are very flexible with my schedule and assign me meaningful tasks and projects that utilize my skills.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It has taught me new skills on social media and has allowed me a platform to develop my knowledge and skills. I have also learned a lot about environmentalism and conservation.

April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012
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I am one of three founding directors of the PRCF in 1996. The PRCF works with local communities, in cooperation with local government agencies, to improve their lifestyles through improved livelihood programs and the protection, conservation, and management of their forest resources. Working with PRCF community development programs is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Since 1996 I have personally been involved in training programs that assist communities in Indonesia Vietnam, and the Philippines to develop, manage, and protect their surrounding forests, and to also develop and manage tree-based agroforestry systems for food, fuelwood, fodder, planting materials, and timber. Currently, I am involved with an exciting PRCF project that uses assisted natural regeneration (ANR) to help restore degraded forest habitat of the critically endangered Cao Vit Gibbon (or Eastern Black Crested Gibbon) in four pilot valleys of the 28 valley Cao Vit Gibbon Conservation Area in Northern Vietnam. As PRCF expands into other countries, I look forward to working with communities in the future to implement similar community forestry and conservation programs.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012
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My role as communications officer with PRCF is varied and interesting. I have evaluated existing materials and redesigned new materials. I also help build capacity by mentoring staff in writing and design. We work with print and online materials: fact sheets, web pages and media releases, for example. I am learning new skills in video editing and production -- and developing materials for online training sessions.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feedback and case studies from the field work

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help improve meeting management

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

English language training and report writing would help local staff

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learnt a lot through this experience and have also made new friends

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I've had interesting challenges and lots of opportunities to learn. It has been wonderful to contribute to the conservation &community development field

April 23, 2012
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April 23, 2012
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PRCF is a small, but deeply committed NGO, with a unique focus on environmentally sound management of natural resources and respect for local people's culture and livelihoods. PRCF does not make great waves, but quietly and solidly contributes to improving the environment and improving the lives of forest-dependent people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Vietnam and Philippines.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

through friends who are associated with it.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

conservation of protected areas and support for local people in Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines.

What is its top priority in the long run?

sound management of natural resources and improving local people's lives

March 18, 2011
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March 18, 2011
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Working with PRCF was a great learning experience. Their work in the remote parts of northern Vietnam involving local communities in biodiversity conservation underlines their deep understanding of conservation needs. The people at PRCF are highly motivated and passionate about their work. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The understanding and active participation of local communities in the conservation efforts.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look in to expansion of its work

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 1, 2010
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May 1, 2010
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The PRCF's commitment to the conservation of biological diversity through community involvement programs in developing countries draw me to join their team in Vietnam for a 6-months internship. My work with them is now sadly coming to an end, and looking back I can sincerely say that the opportunity to participate in their conservation efforts has proved to be a daily enriching experience. Leading innovative local solutions to one of the toughest challenges facing humanity, PRCF is an organization I hold in high regard and that will always be a source of inspiration in my environmental career.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my participation to field activities interviews, workshops, working in villages and forest surveys. Most recently I have participated in a primate survey to assess the conservation needs of critically endangered primate species.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its commitment in involving local communities in biodiversity conservation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, professional and passionate about their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its projects around the world and contribute to the much needed conservation of the world's biodiversity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2010
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April 27, 2010
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The PRCF team is very welcoming and provided much support for me during my placement. Knowing very little about environmental issues in South East Asia prior to my assignment at their Indonesian office, I gained a wealth of information and have a new found interest in these important conservation issues. The organization may be small, but they are working towards tackling big issues in a results oriented approach. Their work in empowering local comnunities seems to be the driving force of their current successes and is one reason why I would love to work with the organization again

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their work with local community empowerment towards achieving conservation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

assist it in its growth so that it could do similar initiatives throughout Asia, and other parts of the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it is a small team achieving big results.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, welcoming and very dedicated to their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a large, positive impact on international conservation issues and environmental policy.

Ways to make it better...

I would also have been able to contribute knowledge about conservation issues through personal research done prior to my placement.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growth in uncertain economic times. It is difficult to provide long term, sustainable commitments to local communities while seeking funding to support these initiatives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would provide a positive reference for any individual, grantmaker or organization wishing to be involved with the PRCF

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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