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Kupu

Team Member

May - July 2021 • Honolulu, HI

What I liked

I liked everything! I liked how each team was able to build connections with the locations that we volunteered at and I liked how we were able to learn more about the ʻāina and the Hawaiian culture.

What I wish was different

I wish that situations regarding incidents that occur within teams are dealt with better. I wish the program could last longer where more places could be visited.

Advice

A piece of advice is to go for opportunities like this rather than spending your summer lounging at home. You won't regret the experience!
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Field Crew

October 2017 - August 2018 • Kailua, HI

What I liked

The multiculultural and biocultural approach to conservation by incorporating both western and Hawaiian perspectives, knowledge, and teaching in the every day protocols within different working environments with a variety of groups, spanning all ages and reaching multiple generations.

What I wish was different

Advice

Working in conservation to preserve a Native ecosystem requires not only the scientific knowledge, but a cultural understanding and connection to the landscape and environment you are in as well as a consciousness regarding the social environment intermixed in the job and location. You cannot simply be a smart scientist. You have to be able to connect emotionally and spiritually to a space (non-denominationally) and to the other hands involved in nurturing and tilling its soils. Without these other components work is simply work and the love and passion - which drives an otherwise very difficult and depressing line of work forward - will eventually dwindle and die out.
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