Abstract # 6284 Event # 232:

Scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:42 AM-10:54 AM: (Cascade F) Oral Presentation


MAKING FRIENDS, MAKING COLLABORATIONS

F. Vidal-Garcia
Instituto de Ecología AC., Carretera Antigua a Coatepec No. 351, El Haya, Xalapa, Veracruz 91070, Mexico
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The experience in Tinjil was a big opportunity for learning, but it was a big challenge too. I found out  about the field course in 2009 in Mexico, and in 2013 I had the chance of traveling there. The three weeks I spent in the island were full of knowledge and experiences. I learned about conservation biology, global health, community outreach, animal behavior, and I could share with other students my own experience in Mexico. I realized students from Indonesia have similar problems to Mexican students; they are avid of learning from people and researchers. They work hard and do the best always, and I enjoyed all my time there. I think, the best things Tinjil brought to my academic (and non academic) life are: 1) I learned to get support for my academic development; 2) I experienced a new culture, religion and a whole style of life; 3) made lifelong friends; 4) I changed the way I thought about research, now I have many collaborators, 5) I developed my language skills, because English is not my maternal language, but Indonesian either, 6) I found new interests and I realized that we can use the same methods for studying different species; 7) there are more species of primates which need to be studied and we have the knowledge and can encourage young people to do it.