Week 7 – Jungle crazy


Mathews Fellow in Wildlife Conservation

Global Vision International | Tortuguero, Costa Rica

May 22, 2017 | Living with a small group of people in the jungle has started to make things a little weird. But the longer I stay here, the more normal everything feels. I’m sure if somebody from back home came here they wouldn’t understand half the things that we talk about or do here. I’m worried that the […]

Week 1- Baruch Marine Field Lab


Rogers Fellow in Environmental Studies

Baruch Institute | Georgetown, South Carolina

May 22, 2017 | School ended the 10th and it was a whirlwind to pack up and drive the four hours home to Illinois. Where I immediately packed and got my car checked out before the trip.  I left the next day at 4 AM and proceeded to travel through portions of 6 states. The trip may have been […]

Week 6 – Raining cats and dogs


Mathews Fellow in Wildlife Conservation

Global Vision International | Tortuguero, Costa Rica

May 15, 2017 | Summer in Costa Rica brings what we call the “rainy rainy season”. It already rains frequently in the rainforest, but now it rains even more than the rest of the year. While this is good for our water collection system, it also makes everything flooded and muddy. It is not rare to come back from […]

Week 5 – Long weekend


Mathews Fellow in Wildlife Conservation

Global Vision International | Tortuguero, Costa Rica

May 8, 2017 | This week I had the opportunity to travel with my two fellow interns to another region of Costa Rica. David is a short term intern from Austria that has been here two months longer than me. Sara is a long term intern like me from Ireland that has been here two weeks less than me. […]

Week 4 – Something old, something new…


Mathews Fellow in Wildlife Conservation

Global Vision International | Tortuguero, Costa Rica

May 1, 2017 | Hello, The end of this week has been the most emotionally challenging of my time here. After spending four weeks in the middle of nowhere with a group of random people, I have made a bunch of great friends that I now have to say goodbye to. Four weeks ago, I was just meeting all […]

Week 3 – Jungle Easter


Mathews Fellow in Wildlife Conservation

Global Vision International | Tortuguero, Costa Rica

April 23, 2017 | Happy belated Easter! This past week has been absolutely amazing here in Tortuguero National Park. Last Sunday we celebrated Easter together by hiding eggs along our trails and finding them during surveys. Hiding spots included branches, sand, and mud pits. After hours of searching we were all incredibly dirty but we had so much fun. […]

Week 2 – Remember, we are scientists!


Mathews Fellow in Wildlife Conservation

Global Vision International | Tortuguero, Costa Rica

April 15, 2017 | Hello from Jalova! Following our basic training last week on the different projects, we are all allowed out on surveys and can be trusted to gather accurate data. There are multiple surveys that go out every day in the morning and afternoon, which creates a very tiring routine. I have so far participated in several […]

Week 1:
Welcome to Jalova


Mathews Fellow in Wildlife Conservation

Global Vision International | Tortuguero, Costa Rica

April 9, 2017 | I am currently living on an isolated biological research base called Jalova in Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica. In order to reach base, I took a four hour bus ride from San Jose to Cano Blanco through mountains and a banana plantation. After reaching Caño Blañco we traveled by boat through the canals for […]

Week 7:
Farewell


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

January 3, 2017 | 12/19 My last week has been a great one and I am going to miss these students so much. I’m beginning to think that no matter how many years you must say goodbye to students it doesn’t get any easier. I have been with the kiddos for only 7 weeks, but it feels like so […]

Week 6:
Just Keep Swimming!


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

December 14, 2016 | I think part of my interest in Australia stems from watching Finding Nemo as a kid (and an adult). It really is a Disney/Pixar masterpiece. So this week as I am diving head first into yet another big event that I am not all that experienced with, I tell myself to just keep swimming. The […]

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