"It was interesting and enjoyable to spend our time out in that vast prairie"
Marina Makri from Greece
I worked as volunteer field assistant at the Zumwalt Prairie, in Enterprise, Oregon, USA, for two months. They were two amazing months! The place is stunning and full of energy. During these months, I learned how to work within a group, how to implement many ecological field techniques and how to manage some ecological issues. Every few weeks we had a different project, so it was interesting and enjoyable to spend our time out in that vast prairie! Even though I don’t have a botanical background, I am sure that some information about all these beautiful plants and flowers are retained in my head.
In our free time, we had the opportunity to explore the area and to observe the wild animals. Furthermore, in the evenings we often relaxed around the campfire, eating, drinking and chatting! I met some beautiful people on the prairie and it was a lovely experience for me. I will return there at the earliest opportunity!
"The people, the environment, the landscape make Wallowa County a very special place"
The area was just so vast: if you left something behind, you’d never again find it. I sometimes came across old ink bottles once lost or discarded by the settlers. My shared accommodation was an old schoolhouse, not vastly different from Little House on the Prairie. I cooked my meals in heavy cast-iron pots and learned how to make sourdough bread. We remained outdoors for hours every evening, conversing about worldly topics that were abstract from where we were seated around the bronze sculpted fire pit, our faces lit by the clear night sky, surrounded by coyote howls.
The people, the environment, the landscape make Wallowa County a very special place, one I’ll forever wish to return to.
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"The scenery was stunning with lots of opportunities to go hiking and camping"
Thank you for organising my work placement with The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. I had a fantastic two months there, which flew by, and met some great people. The scenery was stunning with lots of opportunities to go hiking and camping, plus I went to a soapbox derby and a rodeo! I also learnt a great deal both working with the data and helping the team with their fieldwork – I learnt A LOT of new plants.
"It was a great experience and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the internship"
I was extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to take part in the internship programme. It was a great experience and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the internship to anyone.