Knowing where to start to build a career in conservation can sometimes feel a bit daunting as there many different routes and choices.
I decided that volunteering on a conservation expedition would be the best way forward. Before heading to university, I went to Southern Tanzania for three months during which I would get involved in a variety of different survey techniques from vegetation and small mammals to butterflies and fish counts. I lived in a simple camp next to a river with 30 other people in a remote location in the heart of the Kilombero forest, it was beautiful. I not only gained new conservation skills, but I also got the sense of what it would be like to live and work remotely in Africa. I loved it!