• Question: How challenging is it working in Africa?

    Asked by anon-249633 to Toby on 13 Mar 2020.
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      Toby Candler answered on 13 Mar 2020:

      It has its challenges like anywhere else.
      We lived in rural field station for my field work – this was 3 hours from any supermarkets so food had to be bought in bulk every month! The climate is hot and when the rains comes there are big thunder storms and floods. Often the electicity goes off too though we have a generator as well. You need a 4×4 to get about to see participants in the more remote villages or you go on motorbikes with your equipment strapped on the back and runs off a car battery.
      It can take time to get the science experiment supplies esp for the lab so you have to plan ahead.
      Otherwise working with such a kind, skilled and dedicated team makes things easier. And the beaches and wildlife are pretty good too!