Kareen, originally from Israel, has a bachelor’s in social work from Tel Aviv University and an M.A in International Community Development from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Before arriving in Sierra Leone, Kareen previously worked as a Child Protection Program Manager, which provided psychosocial support, access to safe learning environments and adequate sanitation and hygiene to 22 centres in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Dominica; as well as a flight attendant for El Al Israel Airlines.Kareen’s first job in Sierra Leone in 2018 consisted in closing down IsraAID’s Ebola mission, whereby she provided social support for first responders and gender-based violence. Once the mission was closed successfully, she went on to work with Restless Development in 2019, where she oversaw the implementation of 7 programs for women empowerment and advocacy in different districts across Sierra Leone.Although Kareen admits that joining the Tacugama team in August 2020 during lockdown was somewhat challenging, she enjoys working in a job that links into community development, eco-tourism and conservation. What she admires most about Tacugama is that the community work is not based on one sole project, but instead involves many years of collaboration to meet people’s needs so they can boost their livelihoods all the while depending less on the forest. Kareen too hopes to make her own long-lasting contribution to Tacugama, by providing an enjoyable and unforgettable stay for those visiting from abroad, whilst simultaneously helping to improve the lives of those who live locally.