19th August 2002




A former tourism student from the University of Lincoln is following in the footsteps of renowned ecologist David Bellamy by helping to save the rainforests.


Andrea Simmons (28) – who graduated from her BA (Hons) Tourism and Regional Studies degree in 1997 - spends her time travelling to all areas of the globe assessing conservation areas for Coral Cay Conservation.


“I have always been interested in conservation as a career pathway,” said Andrea. 

“After leaving university I went to India to do voluntary work for a year and when I returned I took a job researching the volunteer policy which led to the job I now have.”


Coral Cay Conservation – whose president is Professor David Bellamy OBE - is a non-profit organisation that has been recruiting volunteers since 1986 to assist with coral reef and tropical rainforest conservation projects throughout the world.


“My work involves developing sustainable tourism in countries across the globe and recruiting the volunteers - many of them students - to work on the projects.


“I organise various promotional events and give presentations at universities countrywide.


“I was invited back to the University of Lincoln recently to give a talk about gap year possibilities.  It was a strange but very enjoyable experience giving a presentation at the institute where I studied and it was good to see my old tutors too.”


So far Andrea – from Little Sutton in Cheshire - has visited the Philippines, Singapore, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and various places in Europe.


“This is the career I was aiming for – I’ve been very lucky,” she says.


If you would like more information about the work of Coral Cay Conservation call 0870 750 0668 or visit www.coralcay.org.



For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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