What a gift to be able to take a year off from our jobs in chemistry and education in New Zealand to learn and serve with A Rocha in Canada and Kenya. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in both countries doing species monitoring and habitat restoration projects, and appreciated the balance we found between a concern for people and a concern for the rest of creation. A Rocha recognizes that people need to use the earth’s resources to survive, but the staff and volunteers showed a way where people can live as stewards—fostering the health of both human communities and the ecosystems in which they’re located. We are excited to return to New Zealand and apply what we’ve learned in the fledgling A Rocha project there.