In August 2011 I was rejected from enrolling onto an environmental degree based on not having enough “Tropical work experience,” I felt a little annoyed at first but then I realised I would have to find the perfect opportunity to go away to develop my skills and that is where my journey with Lattitude began.
I found Lattitude through Facebook and from already following all manner of volunteering and environmental non-governmental organisations. I approached Lattitude asking if they could help my somewhat unique case and during my interviews Brazil was suggested to me where I would be cataloguing species as I worked my way through the Amazon, which sounded great, however I was later told the project had been axed.
I left the Lattitude office thinking it was great to have met the friendly bunch but perhaps was not meant to be, but then a week later I was called with a somewhat unique offer in acting as a guinea pig by taking a placement in Costa Rica.
Now Costa Rica was never a place I had planned to go but the more I read into what I would be doing, where I would be based, who I would be working with and the opportunities for me to develop – it sounded like an opportunity that was too good to be true. I confirmed my interest and returned to Lattitude where the friendly staff took me through the entire process to prepare me for my solo trip to Central America.
Before Christmas I quit my jobs and bought a journal ready to fly out to New York on New Years Day 2012 and began documenting my experiences over the 7 months I was out there. I wrote in my journal religiously each day for the 7 months I was there (I had never kept a diary or created a blog before) and took over 10,000 photos!
All of which I worked up into a blog which I am very proud of and is publicly available at
It is a long blog crammed full of beautiful pictures and links to videos hosted on Youtube but I am more than happy to share my story and journey with others.
Upon returning from Costa Rica I got onto the course I had dreamed about and successfully beat the Masters with a “Pass With Merit” and I am now happily working in the environment sector in London gaining some experience before I relocate to somewhere more… Tropical, and more me.