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My experience as a volunteer and coordinator in the volunteer programs
Submitted by Evelin Pineda - España Spain | March 28, 2018
My experience as a volunteer and coordinator in the programs I have had the opportunity to participate in in Panama has been very productive at the professional level and very enriching at the personal level.
I have learned from each of the communities where I have been working and from the people with whom I have had to share moments of both joy and sadness.
During all this time, each of the volunteers, friends and acquaintances I have worked with have taught me to see things from a different perspective. If I thought I was missing things, this experience has taught me that I have almost everything, friends, family, and very important for my love.
One of the programs that I have liked the most is the conservation of sea turtles, since it is a species that is in danger of extinction and despite the efforts made in various parts of the world to help conserve this species, many people are still unaware of the important role that turtles play in our ecosystem.
I understand that the little time I spend on this work does not solve all the problems there are on this subject, but what I'm sure of is that it makes a difference and little by little we improve.
To anyone who has the desire, interest and motivation to be part of a volunteer experience, to travel and spend some of that time helping others I encourage you to do so you will not regret it. the reward is greater than we imagined.
My volunteer experience in Panama
Submitted by William - Canada | March 28, 2018
Hi, my name is William & I am an 18 years old French Canadian Volunteer.
I was in the turtle project for 6 weeks. It is not always easy to get up in the middle of the night for patrolling but you get rewarded by the beauty of the nature. No light pollution here!. Also, it is very important to relocate the turtles nest, because have many predators such as dogs, birds and crabs and mainly humans.
This shows how much fragile the of marine torttle is. In some cases, we arrive at the moment the twtte is laying it is eggs. We proceed to take the data of the turtle ( type of turtle, how much it measures and we wait for it to finish its process). Then we relocate the eggs to the hatchery.
Everymorning, we need to look at the hatchery to see if any baby turttle is born. If there are any of us who have to take them to the beach. It is very important that they walk on the beach so that they car remember and come back as adults to lay eggs. This step is too dangerous for them. The birds and crabs are waiting. We should try to keep the release area well taken care of.
Everyone was pleasant to me. People would smile and say hello. My experience with those responsible of the project has been the best. I was planning this trip in constant contact with Evelin, my coordinator. She was always there to answer my questions and it never took muck time to answer my questions. You really get that human contact and you feed safe. Then, when I got on the project, I felt like I was part of it. Jacinto and Diego were more friends than supervisors. It was very pleasant cohabiting with them.
I have always heard about the biodiversity in Central America and wanted to project it. I know that the ocean is in very bad shape and I think it's worrging. Everyone showld take action to project the enwironment. Coming here was a way for me to have a nice time while giving something back.
During my whole time in te project, probably because I felt good g¡here. There are many things to see near, like water falls, mangrove, a mountain. Where you get a great wiew of the region, and a surfing beach.
I definitelly recomend this project! It is an enreching and life changing experience.