Without volunteers like Colleen Nikela couldn’t function and help people saving wildlife.
As a 100% volunteer run organization, from the Founder Margrit on down, Nikela is living proof that despite the rise in selfish consumerism there are still many who care to serve.
For over a year Colleen researched and tried out new meatless recipes and contributed her favorite each month. You can find them in our Meatless Monday Recipe series.
To thank Colleen for her contribution we’d like to spotlight her this Wonderful Volunteer Wednesday.
Q: Nikela Volunteers live all over the globe, where do you call home?
Q: How is it that you came to love Africa’s wildlife?
A: When I was three years old I went on my first trip to Africa with my family. I had a rather unpleasant encounter with some wildlife which could have put an invisible barrier between me and animals for the rest of my life, but fortunately, this was not the case. Despite the ‘incident’, I grew to love animals and the environment.
Then, when I was 11, my family and I took another trip to Africa, again to go on safari, but this time in Tanzania. I absolutely loved it, even though my heart did race a bit (a lot, actually), whenever a lion got close. I have always found it majestic, how a massive, five-ton elephant can walk so silently, or how a cheetah can go faster than a race car. It saddens me to know these animals, and animals in all ecosystems, are threatened because of human action.
Q: How did you find out about Nikela?
A: Through an online organization called VolunteerMatch
Q: What inspired you to volunteer for Nikela?
A: I have done a lot of fundraising (outside of school) with friends for various causes, and I think that it will not be politicians, but charity workers who improve the world’s condition. Most of the charity work I have done has just been raising money and shipping it off to some representative office, but you can never be completely, 100% sure what that hard-earned money is going to be used for.
So what better way to be involved with helping the planet than by actually making some changes? I was looking around for volunteer work I could do from home, and found Nikela! Of course, this coincided nicely with my school’s Community and Service requirements, which was only a bonus.
Q: What was your Nikela Volunteer assignment?
A: Writing monthly Meatless Monday Recipe reviews
Q: Why is saving and protecting our planet’s wildlife and their habitat important to you?
A: I recognise the importance of conserving wildlife and habitats in preserving the health of the whole planet. Without wildlife/habitats, the world would cease to be able to exist/function as a planet which can sustain life.
Q: Why do you think it should be important to others?
A: People are the ones who are ruining the planet, shouldn’t it be our job to fix it?
Q: Has your volunteer opportunity benefited you in other ways besides feeling good about doing good?
A: My volunteering for Nikela met my Community and Service requirements for school… and I learned how to cook! Thank you for the valuable opportunity to work with Nikela.
Thank you Colleen for your contribution.