This is David’s second experience of volunteering on The Great Primate Handshake. He first found out about it through his university and signed up with a friend and set off to Kenya in 2010. He joined the Handshake as he had an interest in both conservation and film production, which he studied at university, and wanted to recreate things he had only seen on the television. Since the first Handshake David conservation has turned from an interest to a passion of his. Coming back, this time to Uganda, he hopes to improve on previous work within the Handshake, expand on skills in video production and experiment with photography, as well as discovering a new country and what it has to offer. The country itself, he says, so far seems quite similar (perhaps slightly greener!), but he is keen to discover the many differences that there are likely to be and for Uganda to be an experience in itself.
Regarding the Handshake in general, David enjoys the fact that everyone here, no matter how different, we all have the same attitude with a conservation interest and shared aims from the trip. David enjoys life on the truck and being a part of nature within a different environment and believes it to be a very sensory experience with many new sights and smells, which helps to feel a part of where you are. He doesn’t get phased by any creatures he comes across, but is fascinated by them and any new creatures/birds/plants just interests him more.
Post-Handshake David would like to find a job within conservation, through film production or web design, and hopes that the experience gained from the Great Primate Handshake will assist in getting him started.