2 months ago I was on our Sri Lanka project and woke early one morning to go and capture something.... this image! For those who know me will know I love a selfie and I wanted this one! Putting Flooglebinder together has been a fun and challenging venture but its at 6am on the top of a small-ish hill in the middle of the Sri Lankan jungle that helps me understand why. Looking into the distance and seeing nothing but untouched nature only gives me the desire to want more, more untouched and protected nature means, well... it means everything! Working sustainably and caring about our impact does bloody well matter and I think there a lot of students out there who struggle to really know what it is that they want to do because they struggle to find the purpose or understand how to go about it.
I meet so many amazing students who tell me they want to 'work in conservation' but the reality is that its hard, repetitive, hot and quite sticky :) and if they're still interested I usually follow that up with do you prefer marine or terrestrial as they are somewhat different! Our Thailand and Italy marine programmes provides first hand experience be that, creating coral (biorocking), identifying up to 50 different species of marine life, gaining your advanced open water or using drones and locating sperm whales and dolphins, the point is is that you can't start working in conservation unless you have experience. If your life is a vehicle then your qualifications are the car and your experiences are the fuel and if.... you get the point, you need experiences to get you there and first hand, real life conservation projects integrated within the community whilst learning about the sustainable development goals is what we do, so go and do something your grandkids will talk about or better yet see you out there!
For me life is about exploring, roaming and being outside and if you can do that, the awesome moments will just happen.
Father, husband and conservationist