A professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick, I initially went to Africa to lecture at universities in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. Then I ran courses for UNESCO and the IAEA at the ICTP in Trieste, Italy for teachers and researchers from third world countries and became acquainted with many African academics and their struggles. More recently my university has been given funds by a philanthropist to set up a scheme known as "Warwick in Africa" to send science undergraduates to teach in township schools in South Africa and this is expanding into Ghana and Tanzania. We also bring dedicated teachers from these schools to Warwick for refresher courses.
For my 25th wedding anniversary my wife suggested going on safari in East Africa and we visited Samburu, the Mara and Amboseli in Kenya and Ngorongoro and the Serengeti in Tanzania. For my 60th birthday I decided I wanted to get more involved and chose to volunteer on a scientific study of leopards and cheetahs on Namibian farmland with Biosphere Expeditions. I was hooked and have been back 7 more times.