Jalova

Expectations vs Reality

Expectations vs Reality

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...

Barry the Amazing Boa

Barry the Amazing Boa

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...

Laundry in the jungle!

Laundry in the jungle!

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...

Training in the jungle

Training in the jungle

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...

Lessons from a beach clean initiative

Lessons from a beach clean initiative

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...

Midlife (crisis?) in the jungle

Midlife (crisis?) in the jungle

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...