1. What is your name and what do you do?
Hello all, my names Jack and currently I am an undergraduate in Marine Science and Ecology. As well as undertaking my Degree, I am a Head Chef and an active member within numerous local conservation organisations.
2. How did you become an ambassador?
Becoming an ambassador for Atoll Volunteers was a great progression process for myself. It has given me the opportunity to express my concerns on the environmental issues inflicting the Maldives, as well as those globally. The structured professional process Atoll Volunteers have adopted in their interview process added to my confidence, and the work they undertake only drives me further. In my mind, to conserve, will never be a part time role, and I would hope that adopting a full-time attitude towards conservation will only result in consistent conservation. I would hope to think it was this attitude that gave me this great opportunity as an ambassador for Atoll Volunteers.
3. What does it mean to be an ambassador at Atoll Volunteers?
My role as an ambassador gives me the opportunity to develop an understanding amongst many detrimental issues the Maldivian Islands are currently exposed to, and how Atoll Volunteers are dedicating tremendous efforts to improve them. For me personally it doesn’t stop there: involving myself in public events and fund raising for further conservation only adds to my enjoyment within the role and will hopefully lead to great experiences for myself and many others.
4. How do you think Atoll Volunteers is Making a difference?
The difference is in the name; “Volunteers” from many walks of life are the key in making that difference. The more involvement from volunteers the greater the outcome for successful conservation. Together with this Atoll Volunteers have a broad range of subjects to get involved in, from Marine conservation to medical practice. Allowing for a greater impact and a wider spread understanding.
5. What hope do you have for the future of conservation in the Maldives?
As a Marine science undergraduate, I could write for hours on this topic. To put briefly, I can only hope that environmental matters worldwide are counteracted with immediate effect, to tackle the bigger picture head on. Through educating people on the severity of these issues I would like to think people would be willing to make a change to fight the subjects of climate change, and sea level rise. Although the greater picture seems unachievable to many and is sometimes just avoided by the unaffected, one day the Maldives may cease to exist as a consequence of indirect anthropogenic activity. My hope is that conservation efforts in the Maldives, whether it be of the Picturesque Atoll Reefs or the intelligent Pacific Ridley Sea Turtle, outlast these opposing global issues and thrive once again.
Looking for a future career in conservation? Want to gain valuable skills that will make your CV really stand out? Searching for an opportunity to contribute to real conservation efforts and make a difference? Apply for our new Ambassador Programme today: http://www.atollvolunteers.com/internships/atoll-volunteers-ambassador-programme/