Hortensia

Hortensia Rasoanandrasana has over six years of experience improving rural areas through community-led environmental protection and tourism activities. Currently, Hortensia serves as a project coordinator, focused on developing incomes generating activities that protect the environment and improve living standards in her community. She has a bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Ecotourism from the University of Antsiranana, Madagascar, and is passionate about conserving natural resources and supporting community-led ecotourism. She is the co-founder of Bobaomby Nature Conservation, a local non-governmental organization that mobilizes communities in the northern part of Madagascar to engage in volunteer activities and help protect the environment. Her organization also provides job training, internships, English language courses, and other programs to help young people improve the economic and environmental wellbeing of their community. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Hortensia plans to expand her community-based ecotourism project, advocating for greater community development and inclusion.