Powerfully Evocative Memories


Posted By on Aug 5, 2013

Benjamin Gething enjoyed his time on the Handshake so much he returned the following year for our first expedition to Uganda. Today Ben follows on from Stu, sharing his favourite memory from South Africa 2008 and lets us know what he is currently doing. What is your favorite memory from the 2008 Handshake? Apart from the obvious joys of spending time with lovely people and doing something utterly altruistic, my memorable moment is more like a continual and rolling moment/experience. I remember with great fondness sitting at the back of the overland vehicle, watching  such natural beauty as cannot be found anywhere else trickle by. As we wended our way across the length of South Africa, cities became plains, plains became mountains, mountains become forests. Vast and enchanting landscapes stretching off to the horizon were punctuated by momentary elements of humanity and wildlife. The smell of the engine and dust as it mingled together and filled the air coupled with the uncovered rear of the truck allowing me to experience all the shifting weather in tandem with the imagery has scorched a powerfully evocative memory of a wonderful trip into my consciousness. Where are you now? I now teach entirely tiny people to read and write as I have somehow ambled into becoming a Year 1 class teacher. I currently live in a village outside Canterbury and life couldn’t be better…. Although that might just be the summer holiday… Ben shows how to make a virtual...

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New Ways to Handshake


Posted By on Aug 1, 2013

New Look site Launched On our 5th birthday we’re proud to unveil our new look site Handshake.org.uk and tell you how we’re evolving. DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE Handshake.org.uk is designed to showcase the best of what we offer, be that our award winning production services or our flagship volunteer projects. We’ve worked hard to simplify our navigation and bring some of our best content to the fore for you to sample. You’ll also notice that our volunteer projects have grown and alongside the famous Great Primate Handshake we have new titles, Reforestation Handshake and Wildlife Handshake. You’ll have noticed, over the years we’ve expanded our remit to work with other deserving projects and we felt that these project should be reflected in name and programme. We have a strong commitment to all of the projects (and primates) we have worked with in the past and the Great Primate Handshake is continuing with projects already live for both 2013 & 2014. Take a look around our site now and let us know what you think in the comments – keep checking back as we expand our online archives of videos and...

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We’re 5 Today!


Posted By on Aug 1, 2013

It’s 5 years to the day since the first Great Primate Handshake volunteer expedition began in Cape Town, South Africa. 18 volunteers answered the call to join the ‘shake and embarked on a journey that would take them across the country creating digital content for primate sanctuaries and primate conservation organisations. Today we’re celebrating, not only with the launch of our new online home, but over the next 28 days we will be revisiting the first groundbreaking journey. Starting tomorrow, we’ll be hearing from the inaugural team who will be reminiscing on their favorite memory from that expedition and letting us know where they are now. We’ve also scanned the Handshake archives and unearthed some never-before-seen video clips and photographs that we will be sharing with you in the coming weeks. We will also have special guest blogs and interviews from organisations that we have supported, sharing their memories and the difference Handshake volunteers have made to their organisation. For today’s birthday treat we have uploaded a high quality version of the first volunteer film produced: Day One of the Primate Handshake Originally uploaded when YouTube was a low quality streaming...

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