Nights were quite cold compared to the days. This aspect of the jungle wasn’t so different from the (“deep”) desert. On the other hand, days felt colder than they should feel like according to the temperature showing on the thermometers what was exactly opposite to the weather on the desert.
I slept in a Coolmax linen that I found handy whenever I traveled to destinations
In the darkness, I got off my bed, put a sweater on, and climbed back on my bed. After a while, I stood up, turned lights on and tried to fix a crooked mosquito net clumsily attached to the ceiling. The net just hanged down instead of creating sort of a tent around the bed, which supposed to protect from mosquitoes. Once a satisfying effect has been achieved I came back to sleep.
A familiar but strange sound woke me up in the middle of the night. Heavy drops hit the metal surface of the rooftop multiplying impression of rain. Nocturnal animals made their noises, a bit creepy but also surprisingly calming. After a while of listening sounds of the jungle, I fell asleep again, to wake up after a while. This time I blamed jet lag though.
I got up and quietly sneak out from the bedroom taking with me my working clothes. Work started at 7 so I had plenty of time to get myself ready.
Every week the administrator of the center prepares a weekly schedule for the staff and volunteers. During morning Monday meeting with the founder and the rangers who patrol Selva Viva, and during these meetings present their observations, volunteers could make themselves familiar with the plan, tasks, and additional responsibilities. The schedule of the week was also easily accessible in the volunteer’s kitchen, office, and Bodega (a wooden hut where food for the animals was prepared and distributed from).
Every morning all volunteers gather in Bodega to check sacks of bananas (
After that everyone carried on with assigned duty…
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