19. Wrapping up my time with APOPO including a Full Cheek Friday Feast

┬áMy two weeks at APOPO has flown by. Today is my last day and so I'm feeling a little sad but it really has been amazing and I think I've made the most of it. I started today in Lily's office as usual but we had a coffee and actually finally got round to completing … Continue reading 19. Wrapping up my time with APOPO including a Full Cheek Friday Feast

18 APOPO training, welfare, research and data

I was tired this morning after waking up to another rainy day. I started off by documenting all of the rats in the breeding kennels (which spelled completion of my Head Office rat audit!) and then I finished up adding the information to the master spreadsheet. Then I interviewed Pendo, a wonderful character at APOPO. … Continue reading 18 APOPO training, welfare, research and data

17 Early morning minefield training with the HeroRATs-in-training

I am not a morning person, but my 5:50am alarm signalled the start of a great day and I quickly rolled out of bed and made it to the rat dormitories for 6am to see the rats* being loaded on to the rat bus. By 6:20am we hit the trail. *They attain the status HeroRAT … Continue reading 17 Early morning minefield training with the HeroRATs-in-training

16. Starting week two at APOPO making myself useful

I started off this new week at APOPO in Cindy's office, catching up after my first week and also so that I could conduct her interview. It was a really nice one and I find her very down to earth and humble, so it's an honour to have such a brilliant scientist spend her time … Continue reading 16. Starting week two at APOPO making myself useful

15. TB Office and Full Cheek Friday

I had a little bit of time this morning to type up some more of the interviews I did in Nairobi before heading to the main office and then getting a lift from Kobe to the Apopo Morogoro TB lab. I had a really nice time interviewing Mica over a coffee and muffin and then … Continue reading 15. TB Office and Full Cheek Friday

14. APOPO and school visits

There was an enormous storm overnight and when I woke up, a tree had fallen over outside my room! There were more cockroaches than usual in my room and I just spotted a large spider walking away outside the room - yay! I have another early start - today I'm going to Morogoro International School … Continue reading 14. APOPO and school visits

Me having a cuddle with Iceberg the rat

13. APOPO Life-Saving Detection Rats

APOPO I'm not sure how to blog about the next two weeks. I'm going to be at APOPO Headquarters and Training Facility shadowing all elements of the operation here for two weeks. Because I have the luxury of chatting to the whole team on multiple occasions so I'll see how things develop. Today was a … Continue reading 13. APOPO Life-Saving Detection Rats