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Sam Hyde-Roberts - Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates and Turtle Conservation

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Why did you decide to volunteer abroad?

Wildlife conservation is a passion of mine and it just so happens that a lot of the worlds most threatened species exist in habitats which are not only remote, but are also themselves in danger of being cheaply exploited. Volunteering abroad enables education, so that biologically rich lands can be preserved and their species protected.

What made you choose Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a biodiversity hotspot and for it’s size contains the highest diversity of animal and plant life on Earth. As an aspiring evolutionary biologist its appeal was too strong to resist. I have also always wanted to experience a true tropical wilderness.

What did you do in your volunteer placement?

I began several pilot research projects, which I intend to follow up now that I am an Assistant Research Officer. I met and made many new friends most of whom have similar interests and ideas as myself. I experienced a wholly different culture and enjoyed every second of it.

What was your favourite moment on camp?

The tranquillity of the night is a powerful memory, listening to the waves crashing on the beach below and the thousands of frog and insect calls. The stars were incredible.

What did you gain from volunteering abroad?

I gained both experience and confidence in my own ability as a scientist, and became familiar with hundreds of new species. I also improved my photography skills whilst having a great adventure with new friends.

What do you miss most about Costa Rica?

The unpredictability of daily events, knowing that at any moment an amazing creature could appear out of the jungle.

Where did you travel during your free time?

I had little time to travel outside of my camp location, however when I return I plan on travelling to either Nicaragua or Guatemala.

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