Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand

Thailand is known for its elephants. The history in using elephants for purposes such as logging is rather bleak at the best of times. Wild elephants were captured and broken in order to domesticate them for work. In recent history, due to drastic deforestation of the country, logging has been outlawed. So what does this Read the full article…

Still Going Strong in Madagascar 

So the past few weeks have been busy and not busy all at the same time. We’ve been light on forest volunteers and everyone has come together nicely to get the essentials taken care of. Also, it’s been the holidays – Christmas and New Year. We had nice breaks to enjoy both but are now Read the full article…

New Jobs, New Adventures, Amazing Views

So this week at MRCI, I started a new job as a part time social media intern. This is a fun change of pace, keeping people updated on their Facebook and Blog. I will still be hiking through the forest most days and working on getting my PADI AOW certification.  (Island life…) One of MRCIs Read the full article…

Volunteering or Boot Camp – Saving Forests with MRCI

So I’ve been at Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute for two weeks now and I think I’m just starting to settle into life here. The work, at least for foresters, is not for the faint of heart. Also, the amenities on camp are great, but life here requires a lot of work for simple luxuries Read the full article…

Conserving Madagascar’s Weird Things with MRCI

I left Tanzania to head to Madagascar, where I’ll be for the next 3-ish months and stopped in Antananarivo, the nation’s capital for a few days. Tana, as they call it, is not the easiest town to navigate, but if you do your research you can find some nice things to experience. I stayed at Read the full article…

South African Game Reserves & The Kwantu Way

I’ve worked at Kwantu Private Game Reserve for the last 3 weeks and my time there is now over. Most of my time was spent performing basic manual labor that the park needs. However, I’ve learned a bit about the operations of such places while I was there.  (The flowers down here are beautiful.) There’s Read the full article…

South Africa – The Land of Termite Mounds

Everywhere I look, I see massive termite mounds. They are the size of a large ottoman and fill the landscapes. It’s impressive. That said, I’ve not particularly captured these well in pictures as they quickly become old news. “Oh! Is that a lion?! Oh… no… it’s a termite mound.” (Actually a lion… Not a termite Read the full article…

South Africa, Kwantu, & The Big Five

So last week I left Europe to pursue my African dream. I have always wanted to come to Africa and never thought I would. I’m desperately glad I was wrong!  (Sunset at Kwantu) I’m starting my journey in Port Elizabeth volunteering at a nearby private game reserve called Kwantu. Kwantu has over 6000 hectares for Read the full article…