Magazine article Geographical

Expedition Advisor

Magazine article Geographical

Expedition Advisor

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If you want to turn your expedition dream into a reality then a visit to Shane Winser, information officer for the Expedition Advisory Centre, could set you on the right path

Shane Winser

AGE: 43

OCCUPATION: Information officer for the Expedition Advisory Centre of the Royal Geographical Society.

SALARY: around 21,000 [pounds sterling]

What sort of tasks does your work entail? We give advice, information and training to people planning an overseas expedition. We get 15,000 enquiries a year, so the first thing I do in the morning is check my email. Then I go about putting people in touch with each other. For example, I might have an undergraduate who wants to go and study the after-effects of earthquakes in Peru, and through the Society's contacts I could find someone who had specialised in that field of study. I would also give them advice and find good links with the host country.

What's the best thing about your job? It's helping people turn their dreams into reality. A lot of people want to change the world, and we help them find practical ways to achieve that. We help them focus their ideas. …

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