So, you’ve seen the Green Planet Ventures website, you’re a student looking to do some meaningful research and field work, but you want to know more about what you’ll be doing, where you’ll be staying and who you will be working with! That’s why I’ve written this introduction; to help you anticipate what to expect when you take a research placement with Green Planet Ventures.
Firstly, where will you be staying and carrying out this vital research? That is a brilliant Rainforest Lodge and Reserve right in the heart of the edge of Sarapiqui River, on the door step of Braulio Carrillo National Park. With spacious cabin lodge style rooms scattered all over the tropical gardens and reserve, try to spot the beautiful birds, butterflies and mammals that frequent the grounds, all while enjoying delicious, authentic Costa Rican meals and seeing the birds feeding in the garden from above. In the accommodation we were looked after like in no other place, we had comfortable rooms great to come back to at the end of a working day and the staff is attentive and welcoming, something important especially if you go on your own.
I felt fortunate to stay there. To be doing serious field work, you need certain living standards rather than staying in the classic students’camp having to cook your own food in rustic conditions. If I am going on an adventure, I am happy to rough it, but I must admit, after a long day working and sometimes coming back soaking wet from the rain, it was nice to be able to take a warm shower and have my dinner served. I would even say that to be able to work full time and sometimes during the night, as the programme requires, it’s probably necessary to have good living conditions, to ensure that you can concentrate on your research and stay healthy for the length of your stay.