Delivering more than expected makes for a wonderful volunteer contributing to Nikela’s mission of helping people saving wildlife.
“Sure I can do that!”
When I asked Mikaela if she could do a few images with copy on them for our Spotlight on Species focus (July 2015-June 2016) she promptly sent over at least a dozen every month. Talk about over deliver! Thanks so much.
Let me introduce you to Mikaela
Q: Where do you live?
A: Washington State, USA
Q: How did you come to love Africa’s wildlife?
A: I am and always have been exceptionally passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation. Since my childhood, I have been extremely intrigued by all animals but Africa’s wildlife was one group that stood out to me. Perhaps it was because of movies like the Lion King (one of my favorites growing up) or perhaps it was because of the wide range of unique and incredible species living on one continent.
Q: How did you find out about Nikela?
A: I found Nikela through VolunteerMatch.org.
Q: What inspired you to volunteer?
A: I have always found ways to foster my passion for wildlife conservation, one being volunteering to use my skills and passions to help the field and to inspire people. I love being a part of the world of wildlife conservation, whether I’m acting as the teacher, using my skills in creative and content marketing to educate others, or acting as the student and learning more about it. I love raising awareness about current conservation issues and communicating the beauty of our natural world and its spectacular creatures to the public. And I thoroughly enjoy expanding my knowledge of conservation as I find myself extremely excited when learning about the field. I am grateful to assist in promoting the protection of wildlife in anyway and am honored to partake in such an important and humbling mission.
Q: What is your Nikela Volunteer assignment?
A: I work in creative marketing, designing informational and fun graphics on the different species for the Species Spotlight Campaign.
Q: Why is saving and protecting our planet’s wildlife and their habitat important to you?
A: As a child, I would learn about animals by watching my favorite TV channels and by playing computer games. I have since found numerous ways to continue fostering my passion for conservation in the Internet age. This lifelong passion for wildlife turned into a passion for wildlife conservation. So essentially, saving and protecting our planet’s wildlife and their habitat has always been important to me because of my love for wildlife, even if I could not comprehend the larger implications. Today, I understand the significance of protecting our world’s wildlife and what role humans must play. We are not helpless or powerless. We have the ability to aid those animals that do need our help and it is our responsibility to do so.
Q: Why do you think it should be important to others?
A: Although humans dominate this planet, we are not the only beings that exist on it. We share our world with millions of other species. We are a part of this world, we are not the whole world. But we are the only species that has been gifted with the intellect and ability to protect this world and it is our duty to do so. We must cherish the other animals and we must respect our planet. One day, our world will be completely different and we will regret not doing more to help conserve the species with whom we once shared our world.
Q: Does/has your volunteer opportunity benefit you in other ways besides feeling good about doing good, if so how?:
A: Yes, I have been able to learn more about and hone my skills in Photoshop and creative marketing. I have also learned a lot of interesting and fun facts about several African species!
Q: Is there anything else about you that you think our readers would find interesting to learn about you or your experience while volunteering for Nikela?
A: Although wildlife conservation is a lifelong passion, I got to the place I am today by the long road. In college, I majored in Ethics, History & Public Policy and minored in Business. I incorporated my passion for wildlife into my studies by taking a few courses related to animals and the environment, but ended up working in content marketing in a different field after college. I wanted to work in wildlife conservation – as it has been my longest, most constant passion in life. So I worked hard to find the right opportunities and now my heart is in my work and my work is my passion.
As I mentioned before, I have found several ways to continue fostering my passion for conservation in the Internet age. One is through my blog called Wildlife Untamed. It is a place for conservation news, wildlife photography and animal facts and information:
You can check out the informative images Mikaela created for us on Pinterest, on our Spotlight on Species board. Feel free to pin and use them.