Expect the unexpected. My life of trinkets, hot showers and technology paled into insignificance when I arrived in GVI Jalova in the Costa Rican jungle. Expecting to see only Green sea turtles, I found a scientific research and ecology base with highly educated staff. They trained us in theoretical and infield bird and mammal track identification, amphibian and reptile identification, marine turtle morning, night and excavation protocols, jaguar predation of marine turtles, camera trapping techniques and emergency first response training. Not only did we receive theoretical training but had the unique opportunity to practice these. Yes a long list and that was what was unexpected. Even more of a surprise was the bonding of people on base, like a close knit family, and feeling totally safe in a difficult environment 24 hours a day.
Had I known how intense the experience would be, I would not have gone. However thumbs up for the unexpected surprise. It proved a challenge and I would not hesitate in recommending this trip to anyone who is up for having a life changing experience..