Last year, I couldn’t decide what to do during the summer holiday and where to go, when it suddenly stroke me: I never in my life volunteered and may be it was time to do something for others, less fortunate than me. I had heard and read tons of news about non profit organizations that offered volunteer projects in various destinations around the world, so I began researching the topic, trying to figure out what I could do. The first results I got when I searched for volunteer work were some projects in Africa. Truth be told, I would have very much liked to help kids in Africa, but I was a little worried about going there, so I tried to find something a little closer to home. I came across this article talking about Costa Rica conservation efforts and how many people volunteered to help this country with reforesting and preservation of wildlife and I thought this was a great idea. I began looking for more information and the more I was reading, the more convinced I was that I had to volunteer for conservation projects in Costa Rica. As I focused my search on this area, I even found a great volunteering organization that provided work and projects in this country, an organization called Green Life Volunteers.
As the destination was set, I ran into another pickle, that of choosing a certain project to volunteer for. I knew I wanted to join the Costa Rica conservation efforts, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do and what suited me. There were several projects available, from parrot breeding and rescue and turtle conservation to reforestation and recycling and serpentarium projects. I cut out the last one right from the start, as I never liked snakes or reptiles of any kind and I also strike down the parrot thing, as birds are not really my thing either. However, both the turtle conservation and the reforestation projects seemed quite intriguing and both appeared as important work. I read the details of each project but that wasn’t much helped, as I couldn’t make up my mind, so I finally flipped a coin to volunteer for conservation projects in Costa Rica. The turtles were the winner.
I knew almost nothing about turtles when I applied for the project, but by the end of those two months I considered myself an expert. I could have been a marine biologist for all I knew. When I decided to volunteer for conservation projects in Costa Rica I had no idea that it would be such an amazing experience. Apart from the fact that I have learned a lot about turtle habitats, nests and life, I discovered a truly unique culture and world there. The people were lovely and I had a great time living in the community and sharing my experiences and my views with them. Joining the Costa Rica conservation efforts really was the best decision ever and an infinitely rewarding experience.Read More