In order to thank our amazing volunteers, we have decided to start introducing them to you. Today, our volunteer under the spotlight is cheerful Floriane from JCN Kyoto.
Floriane, or “Flo” for short, is from Avignon, France where she lived with her family - including a horse (one of her greatest passions is horse riding), a Japanese Spitz and three cats! Prior to travelling to Kyoto, she graduated with a Diploma in Animal Health and Production in which she has familiarised with topics varying from animal health and nutrition to growth and development. She is currently a volunteer at JCN Kyoto and possibly, later in Inawashiro on a 6-month civic-service mission.
Being surrounded by animals ever since she was young, Floriane initially saw Kyoto as a break from animal-related work since the primary activity at JCN Kyoto involves volunteering at the nearby Yasui Nursery, Kindergarten and Elementary School. However, perhaps due to her affinity with animals, an opportunity to manage the JCN Kyoto cat shelter was presented to her when the previous volunteer-in-charge left. Although this was not part of her initial agenda, she’s thankful to be able to volunteer with both children and cats and realises that the two actually complement each other!
Besides her work with the schools, a typical day for Floriane would be to keep track of the cats’ conditions and answering their daily needs. Due to her knowledge about animal health, ahe understands what is best for the cats and takes great care of them. Her responsibilities at JCN also further affirmed her passion for animal-related work as she realises that she indeed “cannot imagine a life or career without animals” and that she is “meant for this”. In the future, Floriane plans to continue her studies with animals and work in an animal refuge (in France or any other parts of the world). She also looks up to Brigitte Bardot, a famous French actress who is known for her work in animal activism and aims to commit to animal-related work just like her.
In the remaining months of her time at JCN, she hopes to become more fluent in English through future interactions with JCN volunteers from all over the world, to learn some Japanese so that she can better communicate with the locals and try out new Japanese recipes. While in Kyoto, she also wishes to explore the whole of Kyoto with on bicycle and immerse herself in traditional Japanese/ Kyoto culture as well as to look into some potential work opportunities here in Kyoto. She loves Kyoto especially for its safety and cultural heritage.
Lastly, Floriane’s favourite quote is “Vous êtes votre seule limite”, or in English, “You are your only limit” – which is hardly a surprise since she’s always on the lookout for new challenges to enrich her life!
Written by: Ena
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