“Hello, my name is Jeffrey Brand. I’m from The Netherlands and I will be working for Association RN Trésor for six months on a voluntary basis.
In The Netherlands, I have studied biology at Utrecht University, where I followed the ‘Ecology & Nature Conservation’ track. I have done a lot of voluntary work for the Trésor Foundation in Utrecht. I found it very interesting and I decided to see the reserve, protected by the Foundation, with my own eyes. I believe that if one wants to protect something, one must have seen that what is to be protected. So here I am, in French Guiana.
My primary mission for the Association is to translate the website to English. I also have a mission for the Foundation, namely to create a page about the Foundation itself that is perhaps to be included in the website of the reserve or to be created independently. In this way, the Association will be able to appeal to an international audience and the Foundation is offered a more modern platform on which donors can be informed.
Besides translating the website, I will be going in the field with the Trésor team. At the moment, the fieldwork consists of, among others, improving the mapping of the reserve’s hydrological network, checking camera traps and patrolling the territory. The fieldwork allows me to see a lot species of flora and fauna. Every time I get to see new species and every day I understand more and more the importance of preserving natural heritage.
At last, if you have comments, ideas or questions concerning the website of the reserve: please, let me know!”