Four graduate students spent the first week of 2016 in the Halesworth office of World Land Trust (WLT) to gain practical experience of the work of an international conservation charity.
The students spent the week long placement at WLT as part of their Masters degree course in Applied Ecology and Conservation at the University of East Anglia.
The students were international: Emanuel Lourie came from Israel and Lina Lopez from Colombia, while Tom Booth and Phoebe Miles were from the UK.
The students were based in WLT’s Communications Team. During the week they researched and drafted content for the species pages of WLT website. They also had opportunities to talk at length to members of the Programmes Team about the detail of WLT’s projects and the Trust’s partner-led approach to conservation.
After the experience, Phoebe wrote: “We had a fantastic week in Halesworth with the WLT team. As students of ecology and conservation we are often concerned with the conservation biology of an area or ecosystem, so it was great to learn about how land purchase and leasing for conservation works in different parts of the world. WLT is a really inspiring organisation that aims for landscape-level conservation, free of species-specific discrimination and green colonialism.”
Lina wrote: “As an international student from one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity on the planet (Colombia), having the opportunity to spend a week at World Land Trust and to be close to people working tirelessly towards conservation all over the world, and particularly in South America, was one of the most rewarding experiences of the masters course. Thank you WLT team for the time we shared and for empowering us, the conservationists of the future.