Helen Rogers, United Kingdom
“I was looking to do some marine conservation when I came across RPT on the Working Abroad website. The turtles appealed to me first but the variety of projects made it an easy decision. I have been able to help with patrolling the beach for turtles at night, exhuming nests and releasing baby turtles, cleaning out and hatching butterflies, snake walks in the jungle and data collection on capture, crocodile monitoring in the boat and data collection on capture, macaw and bird monitoring, gathering shark population data, measuring beach erosion, beach cleaning, reforestation of the beach… the list is endless. No day is the same but they are all an experience. As I was here for 3 months I also got some responsibilities of my own: checking the camera traps weekly and taking people out on monkey walks a few times a week. I have really enjoyed my time here and learnt so much. With both jungle and beach, river and ocean itvreally does have it all. It’s a beautiful place, and the staff are all so lovely and supportive not to mention knowledgeable. The only downside for me has been some of the bugs – it turns out I’m a favourite on the bug menu! I have had an amazing time and would highly recommend this project to anyone with an interest in wildlife and conservation with a thirst for adventure”.