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Around a month ago, I received an email from BECTU, offering members a First Aid in Remote Locations course, which had been subsidised by Creative Skillset. Being a film maker and having a particular interest in working in hazardous environments, there was no way I was letting an incredible opportunity like this pass me by.......



Getting to work in the film industry is no mean feat, but everyone who does knows that each day is a new adventure and brings with it new challenges.

Only the dedicated and determined survive and more often than not it can take several years to get a foot in the door. After many years of embracing all work opportunities offered, myself and seven others have been fortunate in becoming ScreenSkills Film Trainee Finder camera trainees for 2018......  




......Firstly we visited the David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust, which today ‘is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa’.
Here we got the opportunity to meet the elephants and learn more about the rehabilitation programme and the people who cared for them. Several expedition members were on the receiving end of a muddy shower!

A short drive away was the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), home to the endangered ‘Rothschild Giraffe’ - a subspecies of the giraffe found only in the grasslands of East Africa and thought to be only 1500 left in the wild. The centre not only focused on the conservation of the Giraffes, but also offered an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programme, which aimed to cultivate an interest in the environment by highlighting the practical benefits of conservation to people in addition to the animals. At the time we visited there was an education class taking place. It was encouraging to see Kenyan children taking a proactive and interactive approach to conservation.......

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An email arrived in my inbox a few weeks ago, asking if I would like to volunteer to be a casualty for SARAID International Response Team's annual operational assessment. Having an interest in working in challenging environments and wanting to help people in need, I instantly said yes!

Last weekend I travelled up to the training ground. Only ten minutes elapsed before my first scenario began -in a blacked out room; my job was to confuse the rescue team by banging, hitting, coughing and shouting.  I don’t think I was their favourite person when they emerged!......... 


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