The Great Primate Handshake is like no other overseas volunteer experience available, and for me it was exactly what I was looking for. It combined my passion for wildlife conservation with my interest in digital media; it could not have been more perfect!

I went on the Uganda trip in 2012 and have nothing but praise for the organisers who went to every length to make it the most incredibly rewarding, fulfilling and hilarious trip, more so than I ever could have imagined. You become so close over four weeks of living in each other’s pockets and really do feel like a family at the end of it.

For me it was also the perfect opportunity to fit in some further travelling into my summer. I stayed on after the trip to do my own bit of exploring and saw the most incredible sights. Although Africa can be pretty daunting, the Handshake really set me up for setting off on my own adventure and I felt much more confident as a result.

I came away from the Handshake feeling truly inspired and motivated towards finding a career in the field of conservation and have no doubt that I would not have got my current job without having this experience under my belt. A big massive thank you to everyone at the GPH for everything that they did for me over the summer!! It is an experience I would totally recommend to everyone and anyone. And… if ever get the chance I will be going again!

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