The Inside Scoop with Georgie Jefferies
One of the best things about ZooLab has got to be working with an incredible team! Each month, we will interview a member of the ZooLab family.
Today, we are speaking to Product Development Manager and ZooLab Ranger, Georgie!
Hi Georgie, how long have you worked for ZooLab?
I have worked for ZooLab for six and a half years.
What is your role in the company?
I’m ZooLab’s Product Development Manager. It is my job to create brand new workshops and ensure our school offerings are up to date and in-line with the National Curriculum and Curriculum for Excellence.
The fun part of the role is that it involves writing stories for library sessions and holiday clubs - I get to be creative and use my imagination!
As well as having that role, I am also a Ranger part time so I get to try out the workshops first hand.
With ZooLab, everyday is different! Can you think of a day which was completely out of the ordinary for you?
Well, yeah - last summer I dressed as a Tudor urchin...like you do!
I spent a week at Powderham Castle in Devon and carried out a drama based Tudor workshop which was so much fun. I got to do some acting, which I love doing. The castle is very impressive, it was a joy to turn up there every day! I learned lots of history from the castle and even got to see the narwhal tusk they hold at the castle too.
What is something you love about working for ZooLab?
I love the fact that no two days are ever the same, I can be in a school one day, a park the next and then a library, who knows where I might be next!
Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are some of your hobbies?
Well, my animals keep me pretty busy and I have an aviary with birds in too.
When I'm not looking after the animals, I enjoy quiet time and love nature walks! Since we all went into lockdown, I have walked miles and miles out in our beautiful British countryside. I enjoy photography (this is a fairly new thing so I'm not going to claim to be anything other than a novice!). I enjoy acting and drama but I'm not really using it for anything out of ZooLab at the moment but enjoy throwing it into a lot of my workshops, especially the Rainforest Adventurer! I also play folk and classical guitar - I am in an ensemble group with twenty other players. I enjoy reading and movies and lastly- I love having a giggle and spending time with friends!
You are stranded on a desert island and can only bring 3 things - what are they?
Oooh do they have to be survival things? If so then I would have to choose the sensible stuff but I'm gonna go with 3 things I would want to entertain myself! I would definitely have to take my guitar to have a sing song, then a camera to take pics of all the cool animals and plants and lastly a bag of marshmallows (I can't survive for long without them)!
What's something you're looking forward to?
You know I am really looking forward to our ZooLab’s new digital venture. I'm going to enjoy getting my mini studio set-up and delivering ZooLab in a different way. Sometimes change is good as it makes you learn new skills!!!
If you were an animal, what would it be?
Hmmm, that's a tricky one! Well, I think it has to be a type of bird!
Birds have an amazing aerial view of everything and I would love to be able to use my flying ability to explore and see new places! So, it couldn't be a ground bird like an ostrich or emu, I would probably choose a wandering albatross as they travel far.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
I have to go for a kids movie despite my age cos it is one of my favourites and I certainly wasn't a kid when it came out either! I just really love this film because of how creative it is and it really allows you to use your imagination in a place of nature - it would have to be 'Bridge to Terabithia'.
And finally, if you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?
Hmmm, well I think as I love the whole flying idea, I would definitely have to have a jet pack so that I could fly around. I think my superhero mission would be to help save the rainforest. Perhaps, I could fly around the rainforest and spot the illegal loggers and poachers.