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Published: July 23rd 2017
Painting the railings greener
Today, we were tasked with painting the railings and sheds of Santa Elena reserve a beautiful green colour. After applying multiple coats of paint, I found that we did an incredible job of painting the reserve a little greener. We even painted the bug shed, we washed down a couple of days earlier. While still being attacked by bugs, at the shed, I kept on telling myself “Pura Vida”. Some things never change.
With the hot climate and the strenuous work we were undertaking, I started looking forward to snack time on the reserve. At first, snack time started off as an inside joke with the Mac-Serve group. We felt that we were being fed more than volunteering. But, we learned to appreciate snack time. Volunteering at the reserve was tiring and snack time provided the opportunity to relax and bond with the group.
After our beautiful paint job, we were each given certificates for our hard work at the reserve. I learned to never take things for granted. Helping maintain a reserve is hard work. It was an incredible experience volunteering and I would definitely like to do some more travel volunteering in the
Painting the Bug Shed
In the evening, we were taken on a night tour by Jonny, one of the Santa Elena Reserve Staff members. We saw a viper, sloth, toucan, armadillo, scorpion, blue morpho butterfly and walking stick. I learned that a scorpion turns blue under UV light. Furthermore, it is better to get stung by an adult viper than a baby viper. Unlike the baby viper, the adult viper will not inject all their venom into you. Either way, I am staying far away from vipers.
Tomorrow, we go on a coffee and canopy tour. This will be my last chance in Monteverde to see the famous Quetzal!
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