I volunteered with SNM during the month of April, 2018. The people here were very cordial and amiable. I settled in swiftly. I got to learn about all the ongoing projects, and was constantly involved with all of them. During the field work, I got an opportunity to meet the locals regarding the pangolin project, aside from setting up camera traps and awareness boards. During office days, I worked on preparing reports, working on the website and some self-study thanks to the vast array of books available. Mr. Bhau, the president was very humble and assisted me with all my doubts. He also took my suggestions in the end. In all, it was a very enjoyable and learning experience at the same time in a very serene and peaceful city of Chiplun. If you wish to learn from a career point of view, or just want to donate a part of your time in crucial conservation work, this is a perfect opportunity.

- Prakhar Rawal

(22 year old student, Nagpur, Maharashtra)

B.E. (Mechanical), BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore

   
It was a wonderful experience to volunteering your NGO, which is working in the conservation field since 1992. The work you do is really helpful for the betterment of our future. It's been my pleasure to work with you on the most intense and important subject in the field of conservation, and that is PangolinConservation. From learning animal behavior, data analysis, data uploading, and fieldwork, we did it all. The staff and seniors working in SNM was very friendly and supportive. They not only helped me and my friend in all the problems but taught us how to work in the office and in the field. Bhau Katdare Sir told me how the NGO works and inspired me to work on my own. People like Bhau and SNM will always keep inspiring young talents like me. I would love to carry on the knowledge to future generations. I never felt as a volunteer. All the seniors of SNM and Bhau felt like a family. The way they all are dedicated to their work is quite noticeable. The work you do on the ground level, educating children's and spreading awareness among villagers is very important. From Birds, Turtles, Wild Cats to Pangolins, you have all in your list. Which makes you different from all NGO's. There are many NGO's who just sits in an AC cabin and discuss conservation, rather than going in a field. You are among those NGO's who believe in reaching villagers and going on the field. A true down to earth NGO. I wish you good luck in the future. Hope you achieve all you deserve.

- AkshayPravinPatil
M.Sc.B.Ed.(Pune)