Humanitarian Camilla Thurlow is best known as the bomb disposal expert who captured the hearts of Love Island Fans in 2017 and came second. An eloquent speaker she covers debunking myths and stereotypes, advice on how to achieve personal and professional goals, and the pros and cons of social media. She also always answers the two most popular questions asked. “Why did an explosive ordnance disposal expert apply to Love Island?” and, “What was more intimidating Afghanistan or Love Island? “ Camilla can also talk in depth about conflict with a specific focus on the refugee crisis.
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Camilla Thurlow warmed the public’s hearts on Love Island 2017. Her openness and vulnerability proved popular, with the public voting her in second place. The most asked questions – why did this explosive ordnance disposal expert apply to Love Island? She wanted to confront the fact she didn’t have a personal life having spent long periods abroad with her humanitarian work. What was more intimidating Afghanistan or Love Island? Definitely Love Island!
Passionate about raising awareness of the effect conflict has on civilian lives, both during and after it takes place. Within days of leaving the villa, Camilla arranged a visit to Thessaloniki with Help Refugees – putting her background in humanitarian work and new found public platform to good use. She visited refugee camps, and learnt about the experiences of those fleeing violence. She is passionate about raising awareness of the refugee crisis, and the impact explosive remnants of war have on lives even after the fighting has stopped.
Camilla holds an IMAS Level 3 Explosive Ordnance Disposal qualification, and has worked on delivering quality projects within high-pressure environments. Since 2013, she has worked in Sri Lanka Cambodia, Nagorno Karabakh, Georgia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.
During her time overseas she also worked with partner organisations on projects such as the delivery of prosthetic limbs in remote areas, mine risk education for adults and children, and agricultural skill development amongst beneficiaries of clearance. She has worked on spatial analysis using GIS tools and managed projects implementing tablet based software to provide remote management of teams working in high-risk areas.