The River Gambia National Park lies in the heart of the The Gambia, West Africa, close to the village of Sambel Kunda. During the summers of 2005 and 2006 I spent four months working in The River Gambia National Park as part of research and community based student expeditions. During 2005 I spent time in Sambel Kunda, teaching biodiversity and English at the local school, building a library for the community and being involved with biodiversity research taking place in the national park.

During 2005-2006 I took on the role of expedition leader for the team of eight undergraduates. This involved writing grant proposals, holding fundraising events, ensuring the team attended suitable training events, overseeing project planning and liasing with our contact in The Gambia. During the trip I was responsible for all day to day aspects of running camp, overseeing research and community based projects, managing expedition members and being the first port of call in a crisis.