Jess, one of our Alumni Assistants, talks about her summer volunteering at The Gorilla Organization.
“I’m passionate about conservation and an animal lover so it was really rewarding, especially as it’s a small charity that relies on volunteers to keep going.”
I spent a summer volunteering at The Gorilla Organization head office in London. The Gorilla Organization works to save the world’s last remaining gorillas from extinction through community-led conservation in Rwanda, Uganda and The Congo.
I was helping out in the run up to The Great Gorilla Run, the charity’s flagship fundraising event, which sees runners complete an 8km course around London dressed as Gorillas. Some days I would promote the event on social media, others I would chat to runners about fundraising ideas.
I got involved with The Gorilla Organization through Do-it.org which is a great place to look for all sorts of volunteering opportunities.
I’m passionate about conservation and an animal lover so it was really rewarding, especially as it is a small charity that relies on volunteers to keep going. It was also an opportunity to meet interesting people and get an insight into the variety of pioneering not-for profit work that is going on across the world.