Written on: 31/08/2011 by anja_r
I have lived in a few different places already and worked with many people. But only living and working in the rainforest for 6 month made me realise what life is all about.
I was on a well paved career path but constantly looking for another challenge, constantly questioning my work as an architect. Finally I had enough after a year of hard work it was time for me to start volunteering. There is a lot on the internet and it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do and how. When I found GVI, things got very easy. I was glad everything was so organised that, with no previous volunteering experience, I felt safe to go with them.
The living conditions were better than I expected. We even had showers! Of course it was hard work, but being in the forest 24/7 was so much better than sitting in an office. The science work for me was super interesting as I have a totally different background. Having the possibility to learn about this great environment and applying that knowledge and the skills we learned was absolutely rewarding and I am glad GVI gave me the opportunity to do that. I always had this childish dream to be a scientist, and there I was. Trapping butterflies, catching frogs, amongst many other activities.
Working in camp and especially on my placement in a Amazonian community made me use all my skills I had gained so far in my life and all the new ones I learned there. The science work as well as the teaching was the most satisfying work I had done so far. Volunteering with GVI has changed my life. It even made me find my passion for my job again. It is just a matter of finding the right projects. I am now full of energy to work on new ideas that combine working for the rainforest as well as sustainable building and community development.
A year ago I would not have thought it is possible to be so content with my life. Thank you GVI. I can just recommend it to anyone who wants to be happy and is on the look for a meaningful life.