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  wild people: Alan Tan

Alan is among the first "graduates" of our on-the-job training system for Chek Jawa. Which is basically, he was thrown into it without a life jacket :-)

Alan did very well and we made him guide after only a few sessions. In fact, he now trains the newer guides.
Alan is a fabulous guide. He is especially great with the kids, and a walk with him is a magical exploration of this vast marine wonderland.

This should be no suprise as Alan himself has FOUR kids. We are in awe of this Father (must use capital letters). In fact, he only took a short break from volunteer duties when number four came on the scene.

Here is more about Alan in his own words ...

How did you first get involved in working for nature in Singapore?
After several "failed" attempts to book a visit for my colleagues to Chek Jawa, I signed up to be a volunteer guide to find out what is the fuss about this place. After my first OJTs, I was convinced that I have a part to play in helping to promote the love for Nature and to keep Chek Jawa alive.

What do you get out of working for nature?
I am happy to be part of the volunteer project and with this involvement; I get to meet many people from all walks of life. From these people, I learn many new things and open myself to many new opportunities. From Nature herself, I learn that many things in life can be unpredictable and it is important for us to be adaptable!

What is your approach/personal motto in your work?
I am a simple person with simple approach in life and work. If I am able to make anyone laugh even if the joke is on me, so be it, I have made someone happy that is important. I always believe in taking things easy so that life will not be too difficult. Don't look back too often in life; moving on with it is more meaningful. Life is short, treasure it!

What are some of your current projects?
Currently, I am a volunteer guide at Chek Jawa. My other "project" is to produce more Nature lovers out of my own family of four lovely children (three girls and a boy)

What are some of your other interests?
Travelling and taking photographs. Both are pretty expensive hobbies. I am very fascinated with the animals and plants at Chek Jawa and I am saving up to get a decent camera for some decent photographs. I hope one day I will be up to the mark to participate in competition. I hope to be able to travel around the world till old age.

Alan is 39 and and he is currently a teacher. He volunteers as a guide at Chek Jawa.
Posted by grayowl Posted on 17/08/04 16:34
Nothing like starting them young. I think Alan's kids are lucky to be able to know nature from a young age! Like father like children ... we have hope in our next generation. (^^) This is a good example of making time rather than saying no time. (^^) Great work Alan! Ria, as always, a great report!

Posted by otterman Posted on 17/08/04 18:23 From OJT to guide trainer, wow, that speaks of a very natural talent. So glad Chek Jawa discovered Alan and vice versa!

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