Guest blog – My volunteering story by Alan Chapman

Our guest blog has been kindly written by Alan Chapman, a long term volunteer at GCT.

I visited Galapagos in November of 1992 as the final week of a three week trip to Ecuador with Encounter Overland. The boat was Tip Top and skippered by the late Rolf Witter. It was a wonderful journey to a number of the islands. Because I could see Galapagos is a special place which needed to be conserved, I joined Galapagos Conservation Trust in 1995.

Alan Chapman

Alan Chapman

After retiring in 2008, I volunteered with the Organising Committee of the London Olympics and Paralympics for two days a week from 2009 until 2012. When the Games finished, it left a hole in my diary so I contacted GCT to see if they needed volunteers. I started volunteering with GCT in December 2012 for one day a week and have carried on ever since.

My contribution has mainly been updating donor profiles for the membership team plus occasional research into trusts and other subjects. Besides the social benefit of working with a very friendly team who are appreciative of the contribution made by volunteers, doing desk research also helps to keep my mind active. There are other perks too, we have a fantastic Christmas party at a great venue in central London and copious cups of tea keep me happy. All in all I know it is good to be involved in a very small way with helping to conserve these wonderful and unique islands.

If you would like to volunteer for GCT at our central London offices, click here and send us an email detailing which area you would like to work in, and attached your most recent CV.