I’ve spent two months in wonderful San Luis de Monteverde. In the last month, I’ve seen my autonomy as a naturalist increase; continued learning Spanish and about the history, culture, and ecology of San Luis; and experienced many wonderful things as a visitor to this region. I’ve also been glad to welcome some more volunteer interns in the last month (put your hands together for Alison and Kestin!); we’ve become fast fast friends!
Throughout mid-January, I got to witness UGACR at near capacity, hosting a variety of study-abroad groups and tourists, who came from all over the world (US, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and more). I’ve continued to lead Camino Real natural history hikes, waterfall tours, birding walks, and milking tours. Additionally, I’ve completed some of my first translations, including a tour of the medicinal plant garden and a tour of a coffee farm in Finca La Bella. It has been incredible to experience the mutualistic relationship between the San Luis community and UGACR.