Fun fact #38293: York International has an awesome funded international internship program that gives students an opportunity to travel the world and gain experience.
For 13 weeks, I had the privilege to intern for the Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation on the sea turtle project in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. The project focuses on collecting data on nesting sea turtles, monitoring the health of the turtles and the nests, educating the community on the project, and deterring poaching of the turtles and nests.
It was definitely a change of pace to work with established and upcoming biologists in (almost) secluded paradise. Picture toucans in your backyard, howler monkeys waking you up at 5am, feeding the daily scraps to the caiman-next-door, a canal as your driveway…rather than just an internship experience, I’m also living in a wildlife documentary.
Now that the internship is coming to an end, it’s time to share. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to recount the various adventures, sightings, reflections, and experiences that I’ve had in Costa Rica (an attempt to keep every memory). Next up: Becoming the Sea Turtle Whisperer…