Volunteer Name: Lycourgas Manlpoulos
Project Location: Costa Rica
Volunteered at: Sea Turtle (Pacific)
How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Nicky was very friendly. She spoke Spanish very well, and was always prepared. She has much knowledge about the sea turtles.
What was the most surprising thing you experience?
CR reminded me of Greece. I was able to adjust rather quickly to the scenery, food and water. The wildlife was also very surprising. I have never seen a cow with a hump on its back…
What was the most difficult to experience?
There is a lot to get “used to” when you arrive. There is a major shock due to lack of technology and electricity. You must be very social and open since you will be around others all the time. My biggest problem was adjusting to being very dirty every day!
Any tips for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
Do not expect to be clean at any given moment. Bring bug spray and bedding, snacks and refillable water bottle, books and deck of cards and obviously deodorant.
Other things volunteers should know
A) Let the cook know about any special diets you have
b) Be aware water may be limited
c) Sand gets very hot!
Personal Paragraph (ABV Testimonial)
This was my very first trip abroad without my family. I was very excited to come to CR to help out the sea turtles and see the culture. This ABV program has definitely broadened my view of volunteering and the culture.
How would you describe your accommodations, meals, security?
I was very happy the cook provided my vegan meals. I like how we were able to travel to Samara to relax.
What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Meeting and chatting up new people and also my own group. I realized all of us had many things in common. Everyone seemed to have bonded at a high level of friendship.
How as the ABV support prior to traveling?
There was plenty of information provided to us so we were able to know what the project would be like.
I felt this information helped us adjust to the project easily and with less stress.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?