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Travelling down the east coast of Australia – part II

Last year, when travelling was still allowed and possible, I spent 6 months in Australia. I was here for my internship for my bachelor. The internship itself was four months, which means I spend another 8 weeks travelling! I decided to spend these weeks travelling down the east coast, a popular choice for backpackers in Australia. I travelled all the way from Cairns to Melbourne, which meant I …

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My first semester of the Tropical Ecology master

Just before Christmas, I finished my first semester of my master in ‘Tropical Ecology and Management of Natural Resources’. The first 4.5 months of lectures and exams giving me a total of 25 credits. Even though this semester was different than a normal one in every possible way, I enjoyed it. I learned a lot of new things, things I wouldn’t ever imagine I would …

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Travelling down the east coast of Australia – part I

Trip down memory lane; travelling down the east coast of Australia. Last year, when travelling was still allowed and possible, I spent 6 months in Australia. I was here for my internship for my bachelor. The internship itself was four months, which means I spend another 8 weeks travelling! I decided to spend these weeks travelling down the east coast, a popular choice for backpackers …

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My graduation research on trees and arthropods in South Africa

This week I will tell you all about another step I had on my road to Africa. To finish my bachelor I had to do a graduation research, a thesis or dissertation. Different countries, different names. I wanted to find my own placement to do my research and, of course, preferably in Africa. After many many emails and a lot of time later I found …

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Thrilling white water rafting on the Nile in Uganda

The waters of the Nile flow from Lake Victoria at Jinja, Uganda. Before its 6700-kilometre journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. Several whitewater raft guides are operating near the town of Jinja that offers day trips. Down a 20 kilometre stretch of the White Nile River through eight world-class rapids. These rapids are in the classes V, IV, III and II. By a few …

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My bachelor internship in down under Australia

The first half of 2019 I spend in Australia, I was here for an internship that I did for my bachelor in Tropical Forestry. I did my internship in Uganda first but decided to stop it. I will tell you more about that later. For this internship, I stayed in Cairns, Queensland for four months and in that time I was working for Cairns And …

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My amazing Erasmus exchange in beautiful winter wonderland Norway

My experience as an exchange student As part of my bachelor, I went on an Erasmus exchange to Norway. It is pretty clear by now that I like to go abroad for new adventures. So, I was looking throughout Europe for an interesting exchange program. I also looked for Erasmus exchange programs to do outside of Europe, but the costs for this were so high …

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The ultimate goal to achieve in my nature conservation career

‘What do you want to be when you are old’ The question that you asked, and got asked, countless times when you were a child. And what did you answer? Teacher? Mom? Firefighter? I would have never guessed at that age I would say ‘working on nature conservation in Africa’. But yes, that is what I want to do when I am old. My goal …

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My four years towards graduating for my nature-related bachelor study

Bachelor of Science in Tropical Forestry After I went to Madagascar and fell in love with tropical nature and its inhabitants, I decided that I wanted to study nature conservation. Not any nature conservation, but focused on the tropics. I found the study ‘Forest and Nature conservation’, on a small green university of applied science, and instantly knew that this was the study I was …

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A tropical adventure close by home in Norway

Stuck at home means no adventure?! Covid-19 has been affecting us for several months now. With strict lockdowns in the first weeks, or even months. Almost everybody was working from home and students followed classes online. In the last weeks, restrictions have been lowered slowly. Some countries are allowed to visit for holiday this summer. But many countries, including Norway, advised staying home for the …