If you’re going to spend a month trapped in a truck with the same people 24/7 for 30 days, you can find no better company of individuals. ¬†Each of the staffers brought their own wonderfully unique eccentricities and passions to the proceedings, with an infectious energy. I had always been a passive supporter of animal welfare, but it wasn’t until spending time with the staff that I felt driven to do anything about it personally. Guys, you inspire people to be better.

It can be hard, gruelling even, at times to live on a schedule as tight as ours; wake up at dawn, cook, clean, on the road/ trekking out to the next community project or village/ editing together footage (tip: if you don’t like Macs, learn to love them or learn to break them in a way that can’t be traced back to you), lunch, return to work, dinner, packing up the camp and bed. Repeat. However, even though there are times where you border on total exhaustion, it never becomes a chore. I loved every moment of every second.

I saw things I thought I’d never see: a beetle the size and shape of fear incarnate, and rhinos and lions in their natural habitat. I did things I never would have imagined myself being a part of: hiking the highest mountain in total darkness to witness the sunrise across a rainforest hundreds of metres below, only to be surrounded by bats on the way down through a cave. Heard things I’d never hear elsewhere: Carly Rae Jepsen sung by the school children of Bore, and the comic mispronouncing of the word ‘mosquito’. This experience opened my eyes and inspired me be a better person. For all this, the GPH has my eternal thanks and support. – See more at: http://www.volunteerforever.com/program_reviews_detail/great-primate-handshake#Reviews

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