If you sign up for the GVI Jalova wildlife project, good job! But make sure that you read the checklist for your backpack very well. Because I actually forgot to read it and I packed my bag with stuff that I hoped that would be necessary. I had some thoughts about...
Once upon a time there lived in the beautiful base of Jalova, a boa constrictor. He lately lived under a branch and some iron roof sheets behind the volunteers dorm and next to the volunteers bathrooms. On a sunny day Kellie had to go to the bathroom so badly. On her...
Do you love sea turtles? Are you concerned about them being endangered and want to learn what can be done about it? Marine environments are incredibly fragile, and the sea life that depends on it for survival is increasingly threatened by pollution, human development,...
Let’s be frank; life in the jungle is no picnic. Whether it is the mosquitos, the heat, the rain, or suffering a last-minute defeat in the nightly card game, things can get you down. But there is one aspect of daily existence here at Jalova that is often over-looked...
In my field, zoological medicine, anything is possible: glue-on shoes for a rhino with sore feet, an ultrasound for a gravid komodo dragon or a silica gel shake-and-bake treatment for a mite-infested cockroach. With 1.3 million species and counting, I learn something...
It was an early Sunday morning when we set off. The sun was just beginning to break through the greenery of the coastal forest surrounding us, as we walked towards our first trail for the day. High in the trees we could hear birds singing and cicadas buzzing, and...
Saludos from Jalova! We just wanted to tell you a little bit about the exciting 24hr survey we carried out from 7pm on the 27th of September till 7pm on the 28th of September. We organized this 24hr survey in order to raise funds to purchase solar panels for the...
New volleys have arrived! with wonder in their eyes and new friends at their sides. A warm welcome was had at Jalova in the middle of Tortuguero National park, and we’re not even talking about the temperature! We have just arrived, but we already feel like...
Tortuguero National Park includes 18 miles of protected beach between the Tortuguero River and the Jalova River. The tides here are strong enough to uproot vegetation and produce a powerful riptide. Unfortunately these tides also deposit large amounts of garbage on...
So, I've saved enough to cover my bills and mortgage then saved enough for my airfare and project costs, then I leave behind my partner, job and home and now I'm waist deep in swamp water, mosquitoes buzzing round me. I'm really glad I came. I'm not quite double...
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