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EXPEDITIONS

VANUATU

Conducted the world first ethnological documentation of the female chiefs of Maewo Island. Reported the existence of and cultural practices of the female chiefs of Maewo Island, possibly the only concentration of female chiefs in Melanesia. Expedition granted Explorers Club Flag, No. 101 and WINGS WorldQuest Flag No. 30.

Publication: 

http://www.wingsworldquest.org/s/SophieHollingsworth_FlagReport.pdf

Expedition Video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5e_02lNKBI&t

NICARAGUA

Founded AquaAid International, water for all no exceptions. Employed community based participatory approach to provide 800+ people with clean drinking water, taught thousands of children about water and sanitation. Provided operational and logistical support for field teams in remote (3+ days of trekking) Nicaraguan jungles for ongoing water and sanitation projects and medical supplies in disease outbreak/earthquakes.

www.aquaaid-international.org

Namibia

Studied the inter-relationship of human health, animal health, and the environment in rural Namibia. Worked in bushman clinics with remote San Communities on TB interventions. Developed desert survival skills such as heat-related illness, public health, water and sanitation, navigation by land and star features, remote trauma care, and trekked parts of the Kalahari Desert. 

MADAGASCAR

Paddled the third (documented) descent of the Onilahy River. Documented a disappearing way of life on the banks of the Onilahy & Ihosy Rivers. Repelled through the limestone forest of Tsingy de Bemaraha and trekked the Bemaraha & Andringita trails.

PACIFIC OCEAN CROSSING

Sailed from the British Virgin Islands to Tahiti via the Panama Canal. ​Studied the impacts of temperature, salinity, and global ballast water discharge variation on ecosystems surrounding the Panama Canal lock system. Practiced celestial navigation during an 18-day passage from the Galapagos to Marquesas. 

OUTBACK AUSTRALIA

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

CARIBBEAN & PANAMA CANAL

Worked on super-yachts throughout the Caribbean and Panama Canal rising from deckhand to captain: marine engineering, yacht maintenance, lead scuba dive expeditions, water-sports instruction, navigation, passage planning, and solo watch.