I have a confession. Earth overshoot day this year was 1st August. Mine, as in if everyone on the planet lived like me, was 30th April...
Madagascar has the internet, of course. But it is one of the poorest countries in the world, so many areas have little access to it. Living in England, I've been so used to checking photos, reviews and ratings before booking anything. It's quite strange when all of that doesn't exist, it feels like time traveling... Continue Reading →
I heard a scary fact recently, clothing is the 4th contributor to global warming after transport, energy and food. What the F? How is that possible? I can understand the other sectors being top offenders, we all constantly use energy, we need food everyday and we all know how bad diesel cars and flying is... Continue Reading →
When I first looked into volunteering 5 years ago, I didn't understand the concept of paying to volunteer. It seemed contradictory. I was already giving up my time and salary to work for free, why should I pay for it as well? With that in mind, I found a charity in Peru where it was... Continue Reading →
I did know, when signing up with Blue Ventures, that they taught English to their local staff, and that part of our duties would involves helping out in the classes. I thought this sounded minor, and probably something I could handle. Well, talk about being thrown in the deep end.
I had never seen, let alone touched a sea cucumber before this night, and tonight we were expected to find 300. They are funny creatures, full of water and when you pick them up they empty themselves.
Generally speaking, nothing is out get you, not even sharks who seem to just have a bad rep (thanks Jaws!). When animals attack in this part of the world, it's usually because they have been provoked or feel under threat.
The first thing I must remember, is that’s it’s day one. On the 24h long journey to get to Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital (Tana for short, you're welcome), I had all the classic thoughts: "What am I doing?", "Why am I crossing London in the freezing dead of night?", "Why don’t I just stay right here... Continue Reading →