Future For Nature Volunteers

The Future For Nature Volunteers support the FFN Office in a variety of tasks ranging from maintaining the website and social media, writing texts, video, photography, and help at the FFN events.

Gaëlla van Walraven

Volunteer Facebook

I’m Gaëlla van Walraven and I’m a volunteer for this beautiful organisation. I’m responsible for the Facebook account of Future For Nature. Ever [...]

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I’m Gaëlla van Walraven and I’m a volunteer for this beautiful organisation. I’m responsible for the Facebook account of Future For Nature. Ever since I was little, I have been crazy about animals and I have always wanted to care for them. I’m currently studying at Utrecht University to become a veterinarian.

My passion for wildlife was fuelled when I first visited the Future For Nature event and met Saba Douglas Hamilton, chairwoman of the organisation. To hear her speak ignited a fire in me that filled me with inspiration and made me realise that we can make the change. And that’s what I want to achieve, by becoming a wildlife veterinarian. Future For Nature is important to me because it helps young conservationists in their struggle to protect what is most valuable: our planet. What is more beautiful than looking at the sun going down on the savannah and seeing the elephants slowly fading into the darkness? Is that not an image worth fighting for?

Mathijs Megens

Volunteer Instagram and Twitter

My name is Mathijs Megens. Since I was little I’ve been passionate about plants, animals and all that’s living on our beautiful planet. The fact that t [...]

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My name is Mathijs Megens. Since I was little I’ve been passionate about plants, animals and all that’s living on our beautiful planet. The fact that the vast majority of natural wonders are threatened by irresponsible human activity breaks my heart and my life wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t get involved with nature conservation in one way or another. At the moment, I am studying forest and nature management at Van Hall Larenstein in Velp. My first introduction to conservation was in 2016, when I had the opportunity to get a work placement at FFN during the award show as part of my bilingual study. It was my first real experience with the conservation world and from that moment on I knew what I would become: a conservationist! So here I am, a proud volunteer of the Future For Nature Foundation! I am responsible for FFN’s Instagram and Twitter account and am honoured to be part of this wonderful and inspiring organisation.

Mira Meijer

Volunteer Visual Communication

My name is Mira Meijer and ever since I can remember I’ve been an animal lover. As a little girl I would go around the neighbourhood collecting money f [...]

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My name is Mira Meijer and ever since I can remember I’ve been an animal lover. As a little girl I would go around the neighbourhood collecting money for nature conservation projects. I studied Media, Information and Communication. I support Future For Nature by designing visual communication and video’s through my internship and now as a volunteer. I’m happy that I can combine my love for photography and video with promoting amazing conservation projects. I first heard about Future For Nature, when I was working at Burgers’ Zoo. There I had the chance to meet one of the winners of the Future For Nature Award (Trang) and was inspired by her and the other winners. I’m excited to be a part of the Future For Nature team and ready to be inspired by the winners of this years Future For Nature Award once more.

Hilmar Derksen

Volunteer Video

I’m Hilmar Derksen, I study Biology at Wageningen UR and I am absolutely fascinated by animals -and nature in general-. I have always looked up t [...]

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I’m Hilmar Derksen, I study Biology at Wageningen UR and I am absolutely fascinated by animals -and nature in general-. I have always looked up to people like David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, Steve Irwin and Freek Vonk and admired their work in spreading passion for nature & conservation. Since my first visit to the Future For Nature Event in 2014, I’ve had an urge to be part of the next generation of nature conservationists. Since I’m still studying and bound to my books, I figured that I could start by doing what I like best, passionately talking about nature’s wonders in my video’s on youtube and the blogs on my website, thus following in the footsteps of Freek Vonk, David Attenborough and Steve Irwin. Now I make video’s for Future For Nature for the website, YouTube and other Social Media. I am truly honoured to be part of this team and support the people that put in tremendous effort in preserving what is of so much importance to us, wildlife.

Françoise Winkels

Volunteer Writer and Website

I am Françoise Winkels, I studied International Business and Languages at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen. My ambition for the futur [...]

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I am Françoise Winkels, I studied International Business and Languages at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen. My ambition for the future is to help make global companies and organisations more aware of their ecological footprint and help them realise the importance of conserving nature. I performed my internship at Future For Nature because I believe the work they do is very important for the preservation of our planet. Now I volunteer as a writer and update the website.

Iris de Wit

Volunteer YouTube

“My name is Iris de Wit. Since I was a little girl I wanted to work in a zoo because of my love of animals. But when I grew older I discovered an [...]

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“My name is Iris de Wit. Since I was a little girl I wanted to work in a zoo because of my love of animals. But when I grew older I discovered another passion: writing. Because of this passion I decided to study Communication – International Event, Music and Entertainment studies at Fontys in Tilburg. I performed my graduation research at Future For Nature and am now a volunteer.

The power of good communication is fascinating: it can do wonders if you do it right. I think it is important to let the world know what wildlife conservation is and how the heroes, who won the Future For Nature Awards, commit to it every day.

 

Lotte Uijtendaal

I’m Lotte Uijtendaal and I studied Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University. I have a passion for everything related to nature. From a y [...]

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I’m Lotte Uijtendaal and I studied Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University. I have a passion for everything related to nature. From a young age, I have known that nature is something precious that is worth protecting. During my studies I had the opportunity to work with Tjalle Boorsma, a Future For Nature Award Nominee in 2019 and 2020, and did fieldwork in Bolivia to help protect the critically endangered Blue-throated macaw. It was amazing to see the passion people have to protect these incredibly beautiful animals. Furthermore, I have always admired the work Future For Nature does and got to know Future For Nature through the fun but very interesting activities organised by the Future for Nature Academy.

I admire the work that Future For Nature does in supporting young conservationists that make a difference in protecting plant and animal species. I did my internship at Future For Nature and I am now a volunteer.

Kayleigh Verleun

My name is Kayleigh Verleun and I am an international business and languages student. I did my internship at Future For Nature and am now a volunteer.< [...]

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My name is Kayleigh Verleun and I am an international business and languages student. I did my internship at Future For Nature and am now a volunteer.

Since I was a little girl I have been passionate about nature and wildlife and I would like to help in every way that is possible.

I believe it is very important to acknowledge the great things that are being done for wildlife conservation. The award does not only give a lot of opportunities for the winners, but also makes people aware of what is being done at this moment. The award and award winners might inspire and motivate others to do something with wildlife conservation!

I am very excited to be part of Future For Nature. Furthermore, to do my part in making the world a better place.

Linda Bloch

I’m Linda Bloch. For over 20 years, I have watched documentaries about nature made by the BBC, and they increased my appreciation of nature, anim [...]

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I’m Linda Bloch. For over 20 years, I have watched documentaries about nature made by the BBC, and they increased my appreciation of nature, animals and plants tremendously. This made me realize I wanted one dream to become true: to visit Zimbabwe once in my life! I found a non-governmental game park, where I could contribute to protecting elephants and other animals. The Jane Goodall Institute  Netherlands (JGI NL), supported me in discovering this game park. That is why I wanted to be a volunteer for JGI NL at Burgers’ Zoo. In my second year at JGI NL, I attended the Future For Nature Awards event: that was the moment I was lost. It gives me huge fulfilment to be a small part of this great foundation!

Sofie te Wierik

I’m Sofie te Wierik. I studied Future Planet Studies at the University of Amsterdam and International Land and Water Management at Wageningen Universit [...]

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I’m Sofie te Wierik. I studied Future Planet Studies at the University of Amsterdam and International Land and Water Management at Wageningen University. I am concerned about the future of our planet and all the challenges that we – as a society – face. In particular the relationship that humans have with nature appears challenging, as it has shown detrimental in too many places around the world. Yet I believe there is hope, as long as we are willing to change. Hence the aim of Future for Nature appeals to me so much – it inspires and empowers young people to take matter into their own hands and change the world around us to make it a better place – for people and the planet.