Denis Drouin’s Diary
Climate Change, Canopies and Wildlife in the Ecuadorian Andes

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Friday, December 19, 2008

A few days ago, an email was sent saying that Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation were again partnering with Earthwatch on the fellowship program. From that moment, I told myself that I wanted to be one of those fellows.
I have this longing to help, to do more for the Earth’s health. A fellowship would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.
I know that I am a good candidate for this mission. I also know that there will be hundreds of Alcoa applicants as good as, if not better, than me for those missions.
To get some tips on applying, I decided to have a chat with my Icelandic friend, Ricardo Montiel, who had the opportunity to participate in the Climate Change in the Rainforest project in 2008. It was great to speak with Ricardo, with whom I worked in Reydarfjordur, Iceland, for 14 months in 2006 and 2007.
I know now that to sell myself well, the only tool I have is the written survey that I have to complete. I carefully read each question and answer them with my heart. Since English is my second language, I ask my daughter, Mélanie, to correct my writing.
I’m confident, but it’s now time to patiently wait for the results!

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