I had planned to visit and experience the famed wildlife of Costa Rica. Little did I know I embarked on a two and a half year long lasting adventure. I returned culturally enriched, with hundreds of amazing wildlife experiences, professional qualifications and a brighter future. The atmosphere in Jalova has been more stimulating and educationally motivating than any classroom I’ve ever been in. Opportunities to make a difference and take initiative rise with every new day in Jalova, synchronized with the sun. So much that I usually wished the long days would last even a little longer.
I honestly believe this is the best place in the world to submerse yourself in conservation science and sustainable community development. It doesn’t matter what background you have, the people in Jalova will find a way to uncover your skills and put them to use. Admitably, the base conditions are not always for the faint hearted, for me it added to its charm. I especially recommend the long term internship for highschool graduates preparing for their studies in university, but this is a great place to start for anyone aspiring a career in conservation science. Go to this place with an open mind and positive attitude and it will reward you in unmeasurable ways!