It feels destined that I am working in Slimbridge in a job with 'international' in the title. I grew up in Wexford, proudly the main wintering ground of the Greenland white-fronted goose. I studied Chinese in SOAS, University of London, and Beijing Normal University, and went on to work in radio. This was in such international settings as the BBC World Service, Radio New Zealand, and China Radio International as well as volunteer and community radio for diverse cultural groups. The latter led to doing workshops in London secondary schools. I also worked as a presenter in a zoo and aquarium host. Moving into international NGOs, I experienced life in Brussels and the Netherlands.
In 2016 I graduated with an MSc in Conservation Science, where I was fortunate to research the world's rarest ape, the Hainan gibbon, with conservationists at ZSL (the Zoological Society of London).
My daily tasks cover the spread of Communications, Education, Participation, and Awareness Raising (CEPA), where there is an international component. Most of that is under the banners of Wetland Link International and the World Wetland Network. There is a nice mix of face-to-face and screen-based contact; social media, email newsletters, website editing, checking printed outputs for use in our Conservation & Development work; lots of teleconferences; and with my language skills I often help out with exchange partners or visitors from China. I get to learn about how wetland centres beyond the Trust are operated, in all sorts of situations and circumstances. It's great!