April 29, 2012
I volunteered for PRCF - Vietnam in 2007-2008 while working on my Masters thesis on Civil Society in Vietnam. I became interested in this organization because of my passion for wildlife conservation and community development in the developing world. PRCF gave me the opportunity to work at Ba Be National Park, located in a very remote region of Northern Vietnam. I was able to witness a simpler way of living where the locals villages live off the land and their limited natural resources. I can say this was one of the most rewarding experiences in my lifetime. I got involved in an environmental education project that raised awareness among village school children of their natural environment. In one activity, we organized a local children's painting contest and the winners' pieces were printed into a calendar and t-shirts. I found this made positive impact and the children were gratified to see that there was an importance to their work. We also raised awareness for the protection of the Francois' langur by helping the community understand the importance of this endangered species and to curb their current practices of poaching these animals. PRCF is a growing organization that has strong conservation values and a devoted team of people. I enjoyed my time as a volunteer and would recommend it for anyone that is adventurous, resourceful, adaptable and has a strong passion for the environmental sustainability in the less developed areas of the world.
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