Elinor Young is our expedition Medic. Here she tells us what makes Flight of the Swans an unmissable opportunity.
Q What prompted you to get involved in Flight of the Swan?
I have been passionate about expedition medicine for a few years now. I saw this advert and was utterly blown away by how unique and exciting it sounded. I have been a medic in the mountains and the jungle and I thought it was time to try something different. I am most happy when I am outdoors whether it be trekking, running or climbing. Being surrounded by nature and wildlife is one of the things I love most about it. The opportunity to witness one of nature’s great migrations is something that doesn’t happen very often, it was unmissable!
Q What are you hoping you can bring to the expedition?
It is really important to me that each member of the team stays healthy throughout the trip. We will be travelling in very remote places which are far from medical help. I hope that I will be able to deal with most medical problems that we come across in the field so that the expedition runs as smoothly as possible.
I’m happy to get stuck into logistical problems and whatever jobs come my way. Planning where the toilets go, driving the vehicles and sourcing a safe water supply are all part of an expedition medics duties!
Most importantly I’ll be bringing a sense of adventure and fun!
Q What does Flight of the Swans mean to you?
I was thrilled to get the position as medic for the expedition. It is truly unique and a privilege to be part of it. I have been an expedition medic on various trips for several years but this is the first on this scale. I love my job as a GP and volunteering for projects like this actually provides me with new skills to take back to me regular job.
But you don’t have to be a volunteer on the expedition to make a difference. You can do something as simple as sign our petition which demands protection for these birds and their valuable wetland habitats.