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
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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