Leigh is originally from the United Kingdom but has spent the vast majority of his post-education years living and working abroad. After completing school, he left his home country for Greece, and later moved to Prague, Czech Republic where he gained employment with Mckinsey & Company. In 2013, Leigh turned his attention to working with non-profits whilst also gaining qualifications in environmental conservation in South Africa. He later went on to lead the communications and development of a humanitarian organisation based in rural Rwanda, and served as a guardian to at-risk teenagers during the few years he spent there. His passions include wildlife conservation, youth development, and photography.
Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement has spent the last few years exploring the globe in pursuit of some of its most spectacular wild flora and fauna. During his travels he has encountered a wide array of vulnerable and endangered species including the Black Rhinoceros, and the planet’s largest ever animal, the Blue Whale. During his time spent working with vulnerable teenagers in Rwanda, he ventured to the lush green hills of Volcanoes National Park, where he came face to face with the mountain gorilla.
In the past few years, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement has been exploring the globe with hopes of experiencing close encounters with its most weird and wonderful creatures. While many individuals' bucket lists contain activities such as bungee jumping and mountain climbing, Leigh’s lifelong dream was to dive with one of the most feared creatures ever to inhabit the planet.
Volunteering has become an increasingly popular activity among globetrotters in the past decade. Whether looking to give something back to a good cause or simply having the desire to boost one’s resume, there are a wide variety of opportunities available. In this article, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time provides insight into the murky world of wildlife volunteering. Through his extensive experience working with animals, he lends advice on how to avoid having your good intentions exploited in this progressively unreliable field.
This article is written for aspiring wildlife photographers. In 2013, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement packed up the comforts of a corporate lifestyle to pursue his passion. From the vast African savannahs to the dense jungles of Sri Lanka, he has travelled the globe in pursuit of some the most iconic animals to inhabit the planet. During his experience, he has captured thousands of wildlife images documenting species such as the elusive Asian leopard, the endangered mountain gorilla, and the ocean’s apex predator, the great white shark. In this article, Leigh provides insight into how to build a portfolio of beautiful wildlife photographs on a modest budget.
As the northern hemisphere finds itself rapidly approaching the holiday season, millions of tourists begin flocking toward popular travel destinations across the globe. Whether attracted by jaw-dropping scenery, rich culture, or exotic cuisine, most would agree that exploring new locations can help to broaden the mind and bring added enrichment into our lives.