My name is Tony Malone and I come from Durblin, Ireland. I have never been to this part of the world before, this is my fifth day here and it’s been a great experience so far. I immensely hope the rest of my stay in Cameroon will be the same.

All my life I have always had the desire for such an adventure but could only have the opportunity after my retirement as a banker. I had always wanted to do something like this. I searched on google, had several countries to choose from; Ghana, Kenya, south Africa and Cameroon but I chose Cameroon and ERuDeF in particular because I felt the place will be interesting and some friends, who have also been to Cameroon as volunteers and others who are Cameroonians confirmed it that I had made the right choice.

My coming to Cameroon is therefore my own my own small way of doing something that will have a lasting effect on the environment, something with a meaningful difference. Being a banker for many years, I never had the opportunity to express my love for nature and to do something that will impact lives so I felt I will leave a better legacy by helping people to preserve an environment which is under attack from pollution, global warming, poaching, logging and many others. I believe ERuDeF is the right channel through which I can achieve this dream.

From what I have seen since my arrival, the organization is aimed at preserving and protecting the environment for upcoming generations, which is in line with my desire.

I know it is going to be tough but am still sure to enjoy it because I am working with a group of people who are lovers of the environment with passion for what they do. I will love that many other people get to know and join this program with ERuDeF in the course to protect and preserve the future.