So as you probably all know by now, I fell in love with Costa Rica. This is when you say “What? You’ve been to Costa Rica?”. Well, I’ll have you know I tried to keep it on the downlow!😳😂 It’s kind of a running joke in my family that Isabelle says “This one time in Costa Riiica” 🙄. Well, I had no idea what to expect when I booked the trip back in July. Little did I know it would be the best experience of my life. Those very short ten weeks were so fulfilling in so many ways✨.
At one point when I was volunteering at ´Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center´ I just didn’t have the time to keep you guys updated anymore. For most of my time at the center there were hardly any volunteers to be seen which meant that there was more for us to do! This is not a complaint seeing as I got to stay busy and try out all the tasks.
When writing about the center I have to mention a lady who really showed me what true kindness is – Sarita. I know I wasn’t there for long but I have never seen such excitement in someone’s eyes when an animal is having a speedy recovery from an injury or such sadness when humans have treated that animal in a horrible way. As I have mentioned before, the center has gone through very tough times but Sarita has continued working through it all and kept the volunteers going with a big smile on her face. Such an utterly kind person.
Here’s Sarita showing us a sloth in the ‘sloth garden’ where the little cuties get a chance to roam around once they are closer to recovery and being released. As you probably know, seeing a sloth on the ground is very unusual but they do climb down when they need to 💩💩💩.
I’m sorry, sloth overload, but they really are the best creatures 😍. The most important message here is what Sarita is saying in the video: The rescue center’s mission is to give these animals a second chance. Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release!
you can always follow the center on facebook and if you would like to volunteer they will welcome you with open arms https://www.facebook.com/costaricawildlifesanctuary/
Some of my favourite sloth pictures from my time at the center. If the quality of the pictures is extremely good I didn’t take them because my phone was not capable of that!
My personal favourite was Salima the sociable porcupine. Unfortunately she had been kept as a pet and cannot be realeased (which is why I’m holding her in the picture). Animals that can be released should be touched as little as possible!!
Nik bringing out his nursing instincts☝🏼️👦🏻👶🏻.
Below is a video of me getting peed on by a Kinkajou just as lovely Victoria (the center’s Biologist) is about to film me and Sofia. Victoria and her boyfriend Patrik are also Swedish by the way! big up, big up! Patrik’s hat had somehow ended up in the Kinkajou’s house so I climbed to get it out).
Rosie and Chuletta getting fed☝🏼.
Possum feeding time ☝🏼️
After every meeting we cheered for someone or something. This is us cheering for the dog Wallace ☝🏼️🐶.
Many, many laughs were had at the center. I believe it’s because there were people from all around the world there. An international environment is always so much more fun and accepting! This game of spoons got really aggressive though…partly my fault to be honest. .
Nik being attractive as usual..
Jarrah, my crazy Australian who I later got to meet up with and go on adventures with ☝🏼️. Ridiculously artistic and has done plenty of henna art for me as well as an anklet which Im still wearing by the way!
Not looking my best all covered in mud but had to include this picture of two of my main chicks, Jarrah and Sofia☝🏼️🇦🇺🇫🇮.
Many fond memories were created during my two weeks here. I also want to thank the center’s taxi driver/guide Jhonny for making my two days off so much fun by showing us all those great places. (He doesn’t speak English so hopefully this page is translatable)
El Avion is a restaurant in Manuel Antonio with a crashed plane inside it as well as an amazing view of the forest!
On our second trip Jhonny took us to Monteverde to go ziplining as well as quadbiking (ATV). Look at that, how can a country be so beautiful?
I was in awe of this tree.
Me being a child!☝🏼️
I cannot describe how nervous I felt doing the ziplining! I’m sooo scared of heights! I mean, look at that face I’m pulling and the fear in my eyes!! 👇🏼
More awkwardness…All hunched up…
In my defense we joined the spanish speaking group for the instructions and we were told that if you don’t hold your hand in the right position, you will dislocate your shoulder. You are absolutely NOT allowed to close your hand at any point. You pull your hand down to brake, but without closing it. Fancy not understanding those instructions and going to hospital?!😱
Veronika looked so free doing the Superman with her Camera in one hand!
Jhonny didn’t manage to film me doing the Tarzan swing, but I did it, I promise. And I did not stop screaming. Weirdest sensation ever….sooo here’s Veronika!
Sooo about the quadbikes. We rented fewer bikes to save money. Veronika was an excellent driver and Sofia ended up behind her. Andrea and Jhonny had their own bikes and I somehow ended up behind the guide. He drove insanely fast and we both got completely drenched in mud. But it was extremely thrilling, going on two wheels and all sorts!! (My Mum would not have been happy seeing that but the guide luckily knew what he was doing) We all laughed and laughed at this video because of the difference between the speed me and the guide were going at and the speed Andrea was going at!
Thank you again Costa Rica!! 🇨🇷