Sophie is new to the Great Primate Handshake and is excited to be joining the trip to Uganda this summer. She is a Guernsey girl through and through and is fresh out of Southampton Solent University having studied Media Culture and Production. This will be the furthest she has ever been from the small island she calls home and is the most exciting thing she has done since going to university. The lack of home comforts is certainly going to be a challenge for her such as bucket showers and camping every night!
Sophie joined the Primate Handshake to combine a love of media production and a desire to learn more about the culture of Uganda and the relationship between the primates and the people that live here. She is particularly looking forward to seeing the chimps and the other primates and wildlife that share the forests. Her past experiences in digital production make her a key member of the video team, although she is keen to get involved in other areas of the project and being hands on in everything the team do. Sophie is a smiling and trusting person who is hoping to build her confidence in Uganda by throwing herself into the activities and taking part in the development of ideas. She is an enthusiastic cook and will be treating the group to many interesting dishes whilst on the truck. She is not a fussy eater and is keen to try all sorts of new foods, which could also be incorporated into her cooking.
After this trip to Uganda, Sophie hopes to get an internship that will put her newly developed media production skills to good use. Her dream internship would be with a company such as PIXAR working on editing and developing film and video. Her experiences here in Uganda will help her to gain more confidence in these areas and give her a real insight into what career she chooses to pursue sometime in the future.