Friday, September 18, 2009

A Love-Love Relationship with GVI Costa Rica Part I

It seems people just can't get enough of the awesome experiences of GVI's Coastal Rainforest Wildlife Research and Conservation Expedition in Costa Rica...they keep coming back for more:

A freelance graphic designer, Jo (pictured left) first encountered GVI Costa Rica as a volunteer in October 2008, and a year on is returning as an intern. After her first trip with GVI Costa Rica she became involved in local environment-issue voluntary work back home in Pembrokeshire, assisting with nature reserve management with the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales, plus helping out with Plastic-Bag-Free and Transition Town campaign groups in her area.

As a student Jo studied the other kind of conservation at UCL - that is, museum object conservation - and after graduating worked on palaeontology conservation projects including three years as a science officer at London's Natural History Museum, putting dinosaurs together. She maintained her interest in sciences despite a career change and now hopes to learn more about active wildlife conservation through GVI.

With her experience of helping to manage and raise awareness of human-wildlife interactions, plus her experience as a voluteer with us, what better project for Jo to be in charge of than the Human Impact Study on the Caño Palma waterway. Jo will also be helping out with the design of our three posters being presented to this year's Mesoamerican Conference...more on which later!

Jo, pictured centre, with Field Coordinator David Aneurin Jones and the team at the end of a jag walk that included two jaguars!