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Project Blogs - Costa Rica


The view was amazing as we flew over mountains and small towns. After landing we got on the colectivo towards Carate and camp. The journey was beautiful but rather bumpy!

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Insects, spiders, centipedes, butterflies, moths, scorpions, an array of beetles, mantises, and different ant species; Costa Rica has all of these in spades.

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Every year, between June and December, Olive Ridley turtles return to their natal beach to lay their eggs. I am currently taking part in a Sea Turtle conservation project with Frontier in Costa Rica and this week I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a night-time turtle survey to witness this phenomenon.

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There’s something about the camp, something about being so far from everything familiar and comforting that makes it the strangest yet thrilling experience.

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Why it’s so important we take care of our beaches…

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I’m currently entering my final year at university. Over the past year the university I study at have been pushing for us to decide on our honours project (that will contribute 50% towards our final grade). Whilst there are a set of research projects lecturers who have already decided they want students to undertake, there is always the option to design your own project.

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I am nearing the end of my stay at Camp Osita and I must admit that I am sad to be leaving. However, during the past two weeks that I have been here I have found that I have learned a great deal about animals, the jungle and life in general:

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I arrived in Costa Rica to begin my Frontier volunteering with no background in science but very keen to learn more about the world of surveys, conservation and especially turtles. Within my first week on camp I was told about the opportunity to conduct a Tropical Habitat Conservation Project and, although it seemed like a challenge, I figured there could be no better way to immerse myself in the foreign concept of ‘science’.

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Living in the jungle has shown me so many amazing animals, from Howler monkeys and turtles to humming birds and poison dart frogs.

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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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