What is your name and what do you do?
Greetings! My names Oscar and am currently studying Environmental Science, Sustainability and Development Studies at The Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, Australia. I am also actively involved with a large amount of NGO’s and ongoing projects around the world in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean.
How did you become an ambassador?
The decision for me to apply for the ambassador position was a simple one; I love spreading the notion of passion on any given avenue. As for me my passion has been clearly defined and sculpted for the duration of my life and in particular the last 6 years. I am incredibly fortunate that Atoll Volunteers appreciated my passions within the field of Marine Conservation Science and its associated issues. I believe that passion is best described through actions and hands on work, I have shown this as my work experiences in this field have driven me from Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Seychelles and the Maldives working on numerous projects and bringing me closer to the existent and very real difficulties that each region faces. I am very much looking forward to spreading the knowledge and work that Atoll Volunteers are working for and towards. Conservation is driven through the passion and desire of young and old environmentalists whom have found their function in the world today. I believe the next step is communicating those exact feelings to the general public to inspire the new and the old generations, so we can work collectively together to improve the world we are in today.
What does it mean to be an ambassador at Atoll Volunteers?
For my time at university, I was very much looking forward to be involved in a grassroots NGO one which allows me to progress individually while also assisting, developing and contributing towards a commendable and purposeful organisation operating out of a country I have such a strong mental and physical relationship with. I am a very passionate public speaker and love bringing real contemporary issues around the world to the general public in a very emotional way. My interest with Atoll Volunteers marine conservation programs and projects coincide directly with present and past experiences of my own. I am very interested in getting involved with such projects while spreading the importance and significance of them in the process.
How do you think Atoll Volunteers is making a difference?
Operating out of small developing nations around the world while creating an appropriate and effective conservation program is very commendable in my mind. An NGO which separates itself from volunteer recruitment agencies just to remove the processing fees that are associated with them; to then project all profits that are created 100% towards crucial projects is incredibly admirable. Especially in a field where funding is few and far between. Atoll Volunteers is associated with a large number of missions ranging from marine conservation to medical practises to educational programs, having encompassed all of these areas under one NGO is incredible and are truly make a difference to the communities of Lhaviyani Atoll in the North of the Maldives.
What hope do you have for the future of conservation in the Maldives?
The Maldives is a beautiful nation which is at serious environmental threat, for a country that relies almost 100% on its “Blue Tourism”, I hope for more concentrated and effective environmental management protocols to be put into place. I hope that politicians and individuals begin to make a drastic changes towards the environment. Rather than seeing the financial aspects, appropriate movements should be made to ensure the longevity and livelihood of its nation. Sustainable practises must be followed to sustain a nation that is 100% reliant on the ocean. The majority of local Maldivian people show a genuine concern for their environment. They just need opportunities and support to ensure the continued existence of their country. A quote that is quite confronting but one which also strikes immeasurable truth could not relate more to contemporary issues within developing low lying nations around the globe is. “It is too late to be a pessimist”. Action needs to happen now, the modern world needs to be aware of the issues that the Maldives and many other nations face. To set aside differences and work collectively together to support a world that is ever so connected.