project review

My first week on camp

Review submitted by Rebbecca Pearce
Review date 11 Oct 2010


When I arrived on camp, I was totally overwhelmed by the heat, humidity and mud.  My first reaction was that I wanted to turn around and go back to the UK where I knew a clean house with flushing toilet and hot, powerful shower was waiting for me. That night, I got my first taste of "wet season" weather. I spent the night in my tent, deciding how I was going to travel back to San Jose and then back to the UK!
The next morning, stepping out of my tent, I knew why I had come here. A scarlet macaw, sat in a tree nearby, announced the beginning of a new day with its distinctive call. From then on, I knew that in order to get the most out of my time here, I had to let myself go outside my comfort zone and challenge myself to face my fears.

Here I am a week later, sat at a computer in the local town, writing home to my family about all the amazing experiences I've had and things I've seen. Spider monkeys, squirrels monkeys, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys (who threw things at us from the trees), scorpions, spiders (including the golden orb), fireflies, white nosed coati's... the list continues on. I've made friends in a matter of days. Everyone here is in the same boat, which makes friendships close and strong. Already, a sense of individual pride and accomplishment has been sparked. I know that I have 9 weeks ahead of me, and I cannot wait.

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