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Mark Harris

With a huge passion for wildlife conservation and education, I love working with schools and colleges to develop field trips for their students. Collaborating with teachers and professors, I help them put together an immersive experience where students work alongside professionals to learn how wildlife conservation works in southern Africa.

Born and brought up in South Africa, I developed a keen interest in wildlife and conservation. After completing a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences at Oxford University, I spent a year teaching marine ecology in the USA; there I developed a passion for experiential education and the development of field courses.

I went on to undertake a PhD in ecology, again at Oxford University, which took me back to South Africa for my research. Through collaboration with professors in South Africa I researched and published papers in international scientific journals on ecology.

After completing my doctorate, my passion for education took me to London, where, through the Teach First scheme, I taught science in a school in a deprived part of the city. Thereafter I moved to the International School of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where I worked for eight years as an international educator and held the position of Head of Science. During this time I also had the opportunity to share my passion for education with other educators by running workshops for the International Baccalaureate.

In 2019 I started working with African Conservation Experience.

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