Angie Julian – thank you for an incredible 2 weeks. Although I have been working with herps for the past 6 years, this trip has opened my eyes and my heart to the full exhilaration of spending time with these amazing animals plus all the other inhabitants of the forest.
I think I have been missing the spiritual dimension, and lost sight of the excitement I got when I saw my first snake in the wild (though they are always awesome), and these weeks have re-connected me with my core values & unlocked the path to a better and more fulfilled relationship with amphibians and reptiles. I hope to be able to bring this approach back to the UK with me, and to bring these values to the Amphibian & Reptile Group volunteers I work with.
I would also like to highlight the amazing care & support we have received since being here. Rowland is an incredible individual and an excellent teacher, and my confidence with handling snakes in particular has grown (though still a work in progress). He also has some amazing healing skills – I think! The station is amazing – fabulous facilities, wonderful food & all the group here have been amazing – there is so much kindness and care, such as I have never experienced in many years of working in field stations.
And finally – we laughed and laughed. Good luck with the future & hope to visit again one day.
+ Big thanks to Kasper who is a truly wonderful & supportive person (and sings well).
Angie Julian, Volunteer Researcher, 22 July 2016 Las Guacamayas, Laguna del Tigre, Guatemala