Chico Maraginot

Hi, my full name is Chico Gulfan Maraginot, but you can call me Chico. I am 33 years old and come from Philippines. I’ve been living here at Svalbard for 1 year and two months now. I arrived the summer of 2018 and Im living together with my sister, her Norwegian husband and my 3 nieces. At the beginning when I came to Svalbard, it was a big change for me, due to the climate conditions, with 4 months of darkness in winter and full daylight in summer. It is very different from where I come from.At first, I was working part time in Longyearbyen; I was working as an assistant guide on boat trips, a helper and a handler of five dogs for 6 months. But part time work is not enough for me, so I applied for fulltime work all over Longyearbyen, but sadly I was not qualified. Luckily, I found that this great company, Green Dog Svalbard, was hiring so I am happy that I now got this fulltime job, as a handler of dogs. I have now been working here for 6 months and still counting… I love this work.

You can see me around at the yard. The only filipino dog handler in town hehe…

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