We are excited to introduce one of our newest volunteers, David! He will be joining the Varecia Monitoring team at the end of September. We are thrilled to have him join our team in Madagascar!
“Hi, I’m Dave from Southampton in the UK. I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 with a BSc in Zoology. After graduating I left the UK to train as a safari guide in South Africa where I spent a year. After a year there I realised I’d become quite attached to Africa so the following year I moved to Botswana with Tess, my partner who I met in South Africa, where we managed a volunteer conservation project for 2 years. Here we learnt many of the practical skills required for living in the bush, and looking after 20 volunteers in a dangerous environment at 23 years old meant learning how to manage people very quickly. After that we moved on to Zambia where we changed industries and spent 2 years as assistant managers at a 5 star lodge in the Lower Zambezi National Park. We then felt it was time to move back to what we are really passionate about, wildlife conservation. We’ve spent the last 6 months as volunteers in Mauritius with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation assisting with their Pink Pigeon recovery programme. We’re both looking forward to furthering our experiences and gaining new skills whilst volunteering in Madagascar.”