I had such an amazing time volunteering with the Great Primate Handshake. It is such a different experience and a completely unique way of being a volunteer. You get to immerse yourself in a colourful and exciting culture while still learning new skills with the latest technology in film-making and editing. As an inexperienced camper, I thoroughly enjoyed camping under the African stars, particularly listening to hippos at night and waking up next to the source of the Nile. The people involved are so enthusiastic and dedicated to the cause – you all end up feeling like part of a big family! I joined the Handshake not quite knowing what I was doing, with no experience in filming, a vague interest in primate conservation and a desire to visit Africa. This was the perfect way to spend the end of my summer and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone!

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