Friday, January 13, 2012

New Year, Fresh Faces, Exciting Times

A very happy new year from everyone working in the Caribbean rainforest of Tortuguero National Park. 9 very happy staff members returned to the base in Jalova this week to start preparations for the first volunteers of 2012 to arrive in just a few days time. Things have obviously been very calm in the area since we left for our vacation as capuchin monkeys have decided to set up home in the grapefruit tree to the rear of base and a couple of opossums were found in the kitchen (don’t worry, we have thoroughly cleaned after them). We were also relieved to see that there was no standing water left on base as things have no returned to their gloriously sunny best (but will it last?).

2012 is going to be an exciting one. We now welcome James Guilder to the staff team, an inhabitant of our previous base at Caño Palma. It’s great to see that he’s returned, although it did take him 5 years. Also our interns, Leo, Zach and Yannie, are refreshed from their Christmas holiday and also fluent in Spanish from their language lessons in the Nicaraguan town of Estelí. With Rich, Loraine, Alex, Benji and Kevin returning for the start of this year we are all ready to go. All we need now are some volunteers…

-Rich, Base Manager