Chris – “Do you want to go and check out a possible new project in Greece?” Me – “Absolutely, when?” This is where my first volunteering trip began, I was going to volunteer with sea turtles in a country I’d never been to! This is when the nerves kicked in. Having never done any voluntary work abroad before or even been out of the country on my own, I was a little apprehensive about what laid ahead of me. I had two weeks to get over myself before I set off on my four-day adventure. Those two weeks flew by

It’s World Rhino Day! On 22nd September every year, people around the world spend the day celebrating all five of the Rhino species. Sadly, it’s also a day to remember and reflect on the way these beautiful animals became endangered. Sadly, very few rhinos survive outside of national parks and reserves due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over the decades. Only two species of Rhino exist in Asia, the Javan and Sumatran. They’re both critically endangered and a subspecies of the Javan was declared extinct in 2011. It’s no surprise to hear that Rhinos are hunted for their horns.

It’s a subject that has saturated the international press over recent months and, when you stop and think, you wonder why it’s taken so long to discuss. Yes, you’ve guessed, I’m talking about plastic! I’ll be honest, I was pretty ignorant to the whole issue until I saw that Blue Planet II episode. I hadn’t realised that the worlds beautiful marine life was suffering so much because of our everyday use of plastics. Since the 1950’s, 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced. That’s the weight of one billion elephants. I am shocked to learn that only 9% of