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C3 Internship Review – David Hunter – Comoros 2009-2010

June 30, 2011

A cursory glance at any conservation related job application makes it pretty clear that experience is a must. My time with C3 gave me one of the most rounded conservation experiences that I believe you can get. The size of the NGO means that you get to try your hand at everything. One moment your main concern is whether or not question 8 in the socio-economic survey you’re helping to design is really necessary, the next you’re desperately trying not to lose count as the 105th egg pops out the backend of a green turtle. You may find yourself standing at the front of a class of young students wanting to learn English in the morning and then in the afternoon, you’ll be wondering if you can fit the breadfruit as well as the cassava into the last remaining space under your left arm. I got a chance to be involved in all walks of life in a conservation NGO, from the day to day tasks of keeping a camp in a developing country running well, to helping in the design, data collection, and writing up of scientific research.

However, what made my experience with C3 so unique was its dedication to working at the community level. This of course has massive benefits for the sustainability and effectiveness of C3’s projects but also gives you the incredible opportunity to really become part of a different culture. What I learnt culturally, the people I met and the experiences I had are equally important to me as what I learnt about science.

I am in no doubt that my experience with C3 gave me the edge I needed to get a job in the competitive world of conservation.

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  1. Olivier Raynaud permalink

    Olivier Raynaud – Madagascar and Comoros 2010

    Last year, my master’s degree required a final internship, which accordingly to my school, could focus on any environmental issue. But in order to decide what I truly wanted to do with my life, I desperately needed much more than that; I sought an inspiring, stimulating, and unforgettable experience.

    After spending four months with C-3 in Madagascar and the Comoros I got it all.

    Once in Diego, I was offered to work on a socio-economic study concerning stakeholders of one the most outstanding place I’ve seen; the Nosy Hara Marine Park. Aside from this personal research, I was able to participate in all of C-3’s projects and field trips, constantly working with local communities, and I even got to spend a few weeks monitoring turtles in the Comoros. I therefore led my own project, participated in awareness raising campaigns and took part in C-3’s research on endangered marine species, while making the most of two beautiful countries and ways of life.

    Thanks to C-3’s approach to conservation, its amazing local staff, and the quality of the other interns, I turned in a rock-solid master’s thesis, defended it like my own life, and was from then on absolutely certain that my professional occupation would not solely be a means to earn money, but instead a captivating ethical task.

    This internship allowed me to discovered exceptional places and wonderful people, but moreover, I precisely identified what really gets me going. To cut a long story short, if it was not for C-3 I would clearly not be currently working on an atoll right in the middle of the Pacific. So thanks again!

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