For most of this week, we haven’t had any volunteers, which is an interesting change of pace but in some ways a necessary one to catch up after a hectic first fortnight. I’ve enjoyed having time and space to sort myself out and get to grips with things better, but am now feeling ready to welcome the next volunteer who is arriving in a few days.
Continue reading “LAST Week Three: Whale Watching and the Blue Flag”
The second week started with our first zero turtle day. I’ll try not to complain too much about a day sitting on a beach in Costa Rica, but it is frustrating! There was only one volunteer with us and I felt quite bad for her, but she’s here a while longer so hopefully she’ll have plenty opportunities. On the boat journey back we saw a pod of dolphins playing very close to us, which made up for it as far as I’m concerned.
Continue reading “LAST Week Two: Another Day in Paradise”
Yesterday marked the end of my first week at the Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) Osa project. I’ve already learned a lot and have a much better idea of what the next nine weeks of my life are going to look like!
Continue reading “LAST Week One: In At The Deep End”
I can’t claim credit for this, but one of the girls I worked with at the centre made a ‘day in the life’ video for her uni course that I thought was super cool! Thanks Rani!
I spent 3 and a half months from December 2017 to March 2018 volunteering on the Seal Care Team at Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, a rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands. If you want to know more you can read my weekly posts, or get in touch.
Continue reading “Review: Seal Care Volunteer in the Netherlands”
My fourteenth and final week is now over, and I write this on the train to the airport. I’ll try to save my overall thoughts for a later review post and focus on what’s happened over the past seven days, because it’s never too late to have new experiences.
Continue reading “ZP Week Fourteen: Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish!”
This week has felt the quickest in a series of weeks that have felt exceptionally quick. Such is the result of coming to the end of things – I imagine next week will be even worse!
Continue reading “ZP Week Thirteen: The Penultimate Pinnipeds”
This week I finally managed to successfully force feed a seal (or three) – but it wasn’t all smooth sailing to get there.
Continue reading “ZP Week Twelve: If At First You Don’t Succeed”
The highlight of this week was getting to ‘jump’ three grey seals when they needed to be chipped. James Bond, Blinky and Bular have now all been moved to Bi-Bu, and I didn’t make a total idiot of myself catching them. Success all round!
Continue reading “ZP Week Eleven: A Seal Centre Update”
My tenth week here has flown by… they all do, but I think this one was especially quick as it was more varied. I got to go to a few different places, work with several feeders, and even go on a release!
Continue reading “ZP Week Ten: A Little Bit of Everything”