Name: Helen Baker
Age: 36 (do you have to publish this?)
What is your job? I am an Environmental Consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and a trustee for A Rocha UK.
When you first came to A Rocha? The first time I came to A Rocha was in the summer of 2002, I came with my best friend and we were volunteers for 3 weeks. At the time I had just completed my first year at Bristol University where I studied Geography. My friend and I enjoyed Conservation and we wanted to do something related to that, so we searched for organizations and we found A Rocha. I returned in September of 2004, for a 12 month EVS (European Voluntary Service). The project I worked on had to do with the habitat mapping of Ria de Alvor (Nature 2000 site). My supervisor was Will Simonson (the scientific director of A Rocha at the time).
With all the wonderful birds here, which is your favourite? The Little Owl
What is A Rocha for you? A Rocha joins together my two big passions: Conservation and God! I loved the interaction at the dinner table, with people of different backgrounds: Christians, bird lovers, different nationalities, and different ages! I felt I was part of a community helping in many different ways: I fed the chickens, did the weather monitoring, helped on the Thursdays Open Days, helped with the kids, learnt some Portuguese, helped on the wader counts. It is special here, I love it here, and I love to come back, I have good friends here. The place here “recentres” me, calibrates me!
Now Portugal will be even more special to me, because I got engaged on this holiday at Cape San Vicent, Sagres!