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Project Blogs - Costa Rica


I have realised that living here in the jungle has done wonders for my health, and that of the people that surround me, both mental and physical. Each and every person whom we have waved off on the Collectivo has left a happier and healthier person than they were when they arrived.

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As you may have recently seen via our Facebook and Twitter pages, these past few months have been monumental for sightings of big cats in Costa Rica, and these have all been thanks to our incredible camera traps.

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Last month the staff and volunteers at Camp Osita celebrated Earth Day - and where better to celebrate it than in the world’s leading country for environmental sustainability?

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I have been at camp Camposita for a week and half now and my experience so far has been amazing. Living in the jungle has been astoundingly peaceful. Everything seems nicer when you live simply and you don’t have any distractions from the important parts of life: friends, fun and furry animals.

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Before coming here, I was prepared and excited to learn a lot about the natural world around me. Living in an environment of such dense biodiversity, you see incredible clips of nature that send your mind into a state of childlike wonder.

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Before I arrived at Camp Osita, I knew that my six months were going to go quickly. But, now that it is over, I feel like I have been able to do so much with my time here. My days were always filled with such a variety.

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Landing in Puerto Jimenez, a girl, who is also a fellow volunteer, climbing out of the small plane that held myself, three other passengers and the pilot turns to me and says “even the air smells green”. She is right; I have never before been anywhere where you are so surrounded by nature, day and night.

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Name: Rebecca Age: 24 years old From: Ireland Job: Assistant Research Officer Duration of stay: 6 months

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