Field report

SEBASTIAN'S UNFORGETTABLE ENCOUNTER IN COSTA RICA

One moment that I think back on fondly is my jump into the waterfall. It wasn't just the cool water that was great, but above all the thrill of it. In addition, the untouched nature and the sounds of the jungle made this day unique.

November 2021 - January 2022
Sebastian with cowboy hat

Sebastian traveled to Costa Rica with WanderWorld. There he supported the Wildlife Rescue Center in Cabuya for a month. In this report, you can find out more about what he experienced during his time there and what impressions he was able to take home with him.

SEBASTIAN'S PROGRAMS:

My preparation time

I was slightly overwhelmed and it took me a few days to get my bearings. Costa Rica is a wonderful country. I spent the first two weeks of my three-month trip traveling with my parents and my sister. We had booked a vacation home right on the Caribbean Sea. The sound of the waves, tropical warmth, sloths and the sound of howler monkeys characterized the days. After they left, I had already gotten to know the country a bit and was no longer quite so excited.

The first days

I was slightly overwhelmed and it took me a few days to get my bearings. Costa Rica is a wonderful country. I spent the first two weeks of my three-month trip traveling with my parents and my sister. We had booked a vacation home right on the Caribbean Sea. The sound of the waves, tropical warmth, sloths and the sound of howler monkeys characterized the days. After they left, I had already gotten to know the country a bit and was no longer quite so excited.

A day at the Wildlife Rescue Project

The Wildlife Rescue Center looks after monkeys and parrots that are injured or have lost their parents. The volunteers are divided into shifts and areas of responsibility. They work 6 days a week, with one day off. The work with the monkeys mainly consisted of preparing food, feeding, cleaning/repairing the enclosures or other tasks that may arise. So although you had a basic routine that you followed, you were still able to learn something new every day. We took a break three times a day to rest and eat. The volunteers all ate together, the meals were brought to the project by very nice women from the neighboring village or cooked on site.

My free time in Cabuya

By working together every day, eating as a group and sharing accommodation, we quickly developed friendships with the other volunteers. We often hiked to the beach or hitchhiked to the nearest town. With good music, campfires and a cold beer, we had lots of great times together. My personal highlight was the hike to a waterfall. After a very adventurous hike, we were able to jump from over 10 meters into the depths.

My experience with culture

One encounter that really stuck in my mind was when we met a Costa Rican man living on the beach. He had given up his old life to start from scratch here. He described his everyday life with great simplicity, calm and serenity. We spent many evenings together around the campfire and I really admired this man. But I also found all other encounters with people to be very friendly and open-hearted.

My most beautiful moments

I had many wonderful moments, whether alone or with the other volunteers. Each of these moments was unforgettable in its own way. However, one moment that I think back on fondly is my jump into the waterfall. It wasn't just the cool water that was great, but above all the thrill of it. In addition, the untouched nature and the sounds of the jungle made this day unique.

My favorite place

I was always fascinated by the beach. There's just something very special about living so close to the beach for a certain period of time. Both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts were breathtaking.

Why I love Latin America

Having spent a long time in Costa Rica, I can speak for this country in particular. This small country has so much to offer that you could never describe it in a few sentences. This makes me all the more keen to get to know other countries in Latin America in the future.

How the trip changed me

My stay in Costa Rica left me with a sense of serenity, openness, contentment and gratitude. I won't explain what "PURA VIDA" means, but it's worth finding out for yourself.

My tips for future participants

My tip is not to plan excursions and free time too far in advance, because things often turn out differently than expected and other opportunities arise. The spontaneous experiences were often my favorite. I can also only advise you not to pack too much, as large luggage can be a hindrance in the long run. A small, additional rucksack is always recommended.

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