Training Marine Conservationists in the Costa Rican Jungle

Training Marine Conservationists in the Costa Rican Jungle

Ryan shares the latest adventure from our Expedition Leader Training program in the jungle.

About a month into our time in Costa Rica we were tasked with training a group of marine

The 5 of them were on holiday and were eager to discover what jungle life was like. The 4 of us T.E.L.s (Trainee Expedition Leaders) hadn’t taught jungle skills before so our teaching ability was put to the
test. Topics included:

  • fire lighting
  • machete usage
  • flora and fauna
  • jungle construction

The group seemed to enjoy their stint in The Jungle. Their stay concluded with a large bonfire near the river followed by a solo night.

Their solo night was a culmination of all of the skills learned throughout the week.  They gathered their thoughts, emotions, and some water in order to spend most of one day and a night in the jungle alone.

Overall the week was an enjoyable experience for both us T.E.L.s and the Marine Conservationists.

Are you thinking about learning how to survive in the jungle on your gap year? We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions on your mind.

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