FC: Abigail Laura Pynn Age 16 Rome, Georgia Lover of Africa's landscapes, wildlife, and people
1: "...I am living in the Africa I have always longed for, always felt stirring in my blood." -Jane Goodall | My interest in conservation of the environment was inspired by Jane Goodall, the famous chimpanzee scientist. I was fortunate to be involved with Roots and Shoots, a youth program, in Tanzania, Africa. | Tracking chimpanzees with Gombe researchers | Organizing the office with Dr. Jane's grandchildren
2: "The Jane Goodall Institute's youth programs are dedicated to the belief that young people, when informed and empowered, can indeed change the world." -JGI website | I volunteered in community-centered conservation programs in rural and urban areas of Tanzania. The Sanganigwa Children's Home houses orphans whose parents have died of AIDS or ethnic conflict. I participated in recreational and cultural activities with the children. These activities are important because children can overcome their suffering and strengthen their self esteem. | Planting a tree at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro
3: When I am with animals, I feel excited and contented. When I am in the forest, I feel relaxed and connected to nature. | "How the young respond to nature, and how they raise their own children, will shape the configurations and conditions of our cities, homes- our daily lives." -Richard Louv | Learning about eco-tourism at a spice farm in Zanzibar
4: In 2007, I had the opportunity to assist researchers with surveys at Lugufu Refugee camp. I videotaped and photographed the numerous conservation projects at national parks in Tanzania and Uganda. In 2009, I led activities with college students on a study abroad trip. In 2011, I will contribute to another study abroad program to Tanzania.
5: "I have a fresh, new and much deeper understanding in communicating between different cultures and races.The most important thing is respect." -from a participant at The Jane Goodall Institute Global Youth Summit | Teaching Tanzanian students about energy efficient stoves
6: "If you choose responsibility, you have power...to choose your next step. It's all about attitude." -Joan Van Root | When I lived and traveled in Africa, I learned that I could adapt to challenging situations with a sense of humor. I came to expect broken down vehicles, shoddy bikes, and no guarantees. A lesson I learned was to not only have plans A and B, but also plan C.
7: No problem! | HAKUNA MATATA HAMNA SHIDA