Hi -- My name is Robert! I am the Senior Field Officer at Centre for Sustainability PH. We’re a small group of young Palawenyos who grew up swimming in the sea with turtles and exploring the wild forests of our island, but a lot has changed between childhood and adulthood. We see that today my hometown's natural beauty is under real threat from unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and unsustainable development programs, and our seas and forests are no longer like they were. I love being part of Centre for Sustainability PH, Inc. (CS) to better organise our passionate efforts in creating a sustainable future for Palawan, and to have a stronger voice to influence decision-makers and shape development on our island!
To further strengthen my skills and get to know more about conservation and restoration, I am very happy to share that I got accepted to a 6-month International Corps Program with EarthCorps. EarthCorps is a Seattle based non-profit with a mission to build a Global Community of leaders through local environmental service. They engage over 10,000 volunteers each year in the Seattle area doing environmental restoration. For 6 months, I will be working closely with other International Corps Members and trained professionals from EARTHCORPS and will gain skills in areas like Environmental Service, Community Building and Leadership.
I will be the first in my family to be able to participate in a program like this -- and the second in our Organization to be part of the EarthCorps program. It will be a HUGE help if you can support me in raising funds to finance my flight from my hometown to Seattle, USA. This support will help me attend the program, shared my knowledge and ideas at the same time acquire new skills with regards to environmental conservation.
I believe attending this program will be the start of a new milestone in my life that I will bring back on to my community upon my return!