One of the things that I like about the JRC and the reason why we ended volunteering here is that they do have a strong philosophy of rescue and release. So much, that one of the reasons why they bought the nature reserve is to have a piece of forest where they can use to … More The different types of wildlife release
Afgelopen week was de tweede rustige week op rij, maar alles behalve saai. Afgelopen woensdag zijn we op excursie geweest naar Nationaal Park Cahuita. We hebben ook wat nieuw natuurschoon in La Ceiba ontdekt afgelopen week. Zelf gezien of gevangen met de cameraval. … More Week 44. Tranquilo dos
Since september we have been living at a nature reserve that is also used as the pre-release station for the animals rescued at the Jaguar Rescue Center. And since we go to work to the JRC every morning and return to the nature reserve in the afternoon, we are constantly asked if we can transport … More Driving with a viper in the car
The other day Frank and I realized that October had been the worst month of the sabbatical. At the end of the month, we were exhausted physically and mentally and utterly glad that the month was over. So much that we decided to celebrate it with a pancake dinner and a glass of wine. So, … More Hurray! October is over!
Afgelopen week was het aftellen. De laatste loodjes, dat wil zeggen de laatste weken, wogen het zwaarst wat mij betreft. Niet dat het werk te zwaar was geworden maar m’n motivatie was heel ver te zoeken. … More Week 42. We zijn er klaar mee.
Today it was one of our first volunteering days at the nature reserve. After feeding the animals that are about to be released and cleaning their cages, I joined Frank in the highly intellectual task of ….cleaning the leaves on the paths. Rak, rak, rak. Rak, rak, rak. Rak, rak, Burrruuuuummmmmm! A thunder. As it … More You cannot work when it is raining!!
Throughout this last volunteering job at the Jaguar Rescue Center, we have met very interesting people. People who, at one point in time, decided to quit their jobs and devote a substantial part of their time to volunteering around the world. And change their life. Their stories, despite differences, have a common thread. They are the … More In search of a meaningful life – some inspirational stories
The place where we are living now is a natural reserve owned by the Jaguar Rescue Center. The place is not so far away from the Rescue center but in some senses, it feels like worlds apart. In just four kilometers, one moves from the hassle of Puerto Viejo to the “quietness” of the forest, … More New project – a Biological Research Station at La Ceiba
After two months of doing dishes and preparing food on Sundays but mostly cleaning parrot shit, parakeet shit, toucan shit, brown-booby shit, pelican shit and deer shit, (been there-done that- kind of job) we have finally been upgraded to …….monkey shit!!. I am sooooo happy that I have been walking on my tiptoes the last … More Upgraded! We are all monkey business!
One of the absolutely wonderful thing about the current volunteer work in the rescue center is that I do not have to think. At all. Or veeeeeery little. I guess that thinking about which rack, bucket, scrub or cloth I need to take for the cleaning job of the day doesn’t count as thinking. In … More The dark side of giving the brain a rest