Today's blogger: Marta Herrero Blanco
Briget Ure (Australia):
“The key things I have learnt from this experience are:
We all have our strengths and to have the most happy and productive team is to respect and allow everyone an opportunity to participate... which is what we did. And our teams were always laughing, helping each other and successfully completing all tasks. When I return home, I will look into landcare/revegetation projects locally and see how I can participate. Without volunteers these "projects" wouldn't happen. People out in the world are doing amazing things, with our learning, motivation and leadership - we can encourage more people to be involved. Thank you Earthwatch.”
Belén Carro (Spain):
“I have loved my time in Czech Republic and its people, the work there, my colleagues and now friends, our host professor Josef and our driver Dobroslav. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. We had the opportunity to share the work for a nice cause with a group of enthusiasts committed to the environment. For fifteen days nonstop, even in our free time we kept learning things through cultural visits and extended meetings. An experience that has left me a lasting memory. I think that will not pass unnoticed to the people around me. I am missing pH, soil moisture, temperature, canopy, beech forest, spruces, Callamagrostis, Avenella, mosses, Bedrichov, Frýland, Liberec… and blueberry dumplings for dinner!”
Megan LeRoy (Australia):
"What a fantastic experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time away with the team learning about the effects of acid rain in the mountains and the different research techniques as well as the culture of the Czech Republic and that of my fellow participants. I would highly recommend an Earthwatch program to all people. I have formed great friendships and knowledge".
Thelma Crook (Australia):
“Over the past fourteen days we have learnt to take water samples, sample rain gauges, measure and monitor the forest restoration and regeneration successes, collate and input data. It was a great learning experience and good fun. As part of our Earthwatch/Alcoa community action plan, we will be implementing some of the research methodology, learnt in the Jizera Mountains project, to measure the progress and change in the landscape associated with our local projects.”
Svetlana Krivopalova (Russia):
“ The ecological expedition gave me a chance to make a contribution to ecological stability of the Czech Republic. I’ll share my experience with my colleagues. I’ll show a presentation to my colleagues and explain to them in detail what we did to help the environment. People need to protect the environment at home and in the garden, at school, while shopping and on the road for the benefit of all human beings.”
Marta Herrero (Spain):
“My time on the Mountain waters of Czech Republic expedition has become an unforgettable experience. We have worked for two weeks in the ongoing ecosystem recuperation projects in the area. This has allowed me to learn how to use several monitoring methods and increase my knowledge in issues totally new for me. Sharing with my international colleagues conversations, culture, lives and laughs has also made this time even more enriching and enjoyable.
I highly recommend this experience to all people. I sincerely thank Alcoa and Earthwatch for giving me the opportunity of participate in it, and also to our nice professor Josef Krecek who was always so attentive to our needs.”
Claude Poudrier (Canada):
“Sincerely, I’ve enjoyed those great moments with participants from Czech Republic, Spain, Surinam, Australia and Russia. Everyone was respectful and very attentive to the needs of others; that was the key to the success of this expedition. As the captain of this wonderful team, I´m very proud of having been with those people during 15 days.
Moreover, through this wonderful human experience, I’ve gained new knowledge from Dr. Josef Krecek about how to measure and analyse the quality of the water as well as the forest. Those technics will be useful and significant in my work.
Finally, I hope that Earthwatch Institute and Alcoa can continue to support those projects regarding the environment.”
Mohamed Jagga (Suriname):
I'm proud to have participated in the Mountain waters of the Czech Republic experience. We were there for 11 days, and it looks like we are a big family. Thanks to Alcoa and Earthwatch for giving us this good opportunity and all the people and friends that helped me with this. I enjoyed the work very much and I learned a lot. Maybe I can share this with my people in Surinam after my return. It will be nice.