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 earthโ€™s resources to survive, but the staff and volunteers showed a way where people can live as stewardsโ€”fostering the health of both human communities and the ecosystems in which theyโ€™re located. We are excited to return to New Zealand and apply what weโ€™ve learned in the fledgling A Rocha project there.