I decided to come on this project because I wanted to get away from home and I thought there’s no better place than Costa Rica.
I have enjoyed living in a remote jungle and living as a group which eventually becomes a family. I originally didn’t like the cold showers but I have come to really appreciate them after a hard day of surveys. Meals on camp are nearly always great: I really enjoyed the Calzones, Empanadas and stuffed peppers and roasted veg.
I really enjoy the Neotropical River Otter surveys which we do on the North and south of the Rio Piro. I love being on the river and in the water. The otter is a very illusive animal so it is all the more rewarding when you see one.
I've visited the nearby bird sanctuary many times. I love Patrick and Rubyann the people who own Ave Azul De Osa. They are such interesting people and they have both done everything there is to do in life, they’re AMAZING. The birds he breeds are fantastic not to mention the beautiful trails there are to offer around the area. I will definitely go back again before I leave.
On my time off, I went Kayaking in the nearby town – Puerto Jimenez, which I would highly recommend; You can paddle out to a reef about 45 minutes out into the gulf and go snorkelling if you want to.
My favourite animal sighting by far- THE OTTER!! After about 60 hours on both rivers I eventually saw an otter for a good minute. It swam around and popped its head up a few times. The Osa Peninsula is the most bio diverse place I have ever had the pleasure of staying, I consider myself so lucky for having the chance to see the things I have seen. Once I leave in a few weeks I know that what I will most will be the people.
By Noah Theodaore Ardon, volunteer
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