This will be the most amazing birthday I have had, possibly ever!! Being a pisces, at the beach, saving turtles, helping the oceans, coming out of my "shell", being independant, carrying my home on my proverbial back, there are so many life renewal opportunities and metaphores. I plan to soak in every experience for what it is and try to stay in the moment. *sigh*
two more sleeps, and i will be in paradise....tropical beaches and colorful birds...mmmmm
Oh boy, in seven days, at this time right now, my airplane will be landing at the airport in San Jose. The four weeks following, will be really interesting/frusterating/wonderful, and life changing. i have been in my comfort zone for 10 years, and THIS is definately not even close to my comfort zone. All these years, I have been comfortable, I have lived a safe, predictable life. I feel as though I have wasted a lot of time. I will never get those hours back that i spent waiting for Scott to get home to begin living. I waited for too long. This trip is about helping the ocean and the earth, but it is so much more than that. It is about being independant, and not waiting for someone else to make me happy. I have to do it for myself. No one else can.
We raised $20.00 at Boston Pizza lastnight!
13% towards my goal....woot!
I am doing a fundraiser with Boston Pizza at Dilworth in Kelowna on January 29th from 5:00-10:00pm......go in and watch the game and tell the waitress that you are here for the turtles, and they will donate 10% of your bill to the cause....Gracias!
Thank you everyone for your generosity....*hugs*
In case anyone wants to hear about the International Voulnteer Headquarters from the volunteers themselves, below is a link to check out FYI
Flights are booked! *gulp* this will be the biggest life changing experience that I have ever done!
62 Gill Street
New Plymouth 4342
10th January 2013
To Whom It May Concern,
On the 11th February 2013, Michelle Westlake will spend three weeks volunteering on the International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) Turtle Conservation program in coastal areas of Costa Rica. IVHQ is a New Zealand-based NGO that provides safe, affordable volunteering opportunities abroad.
At the Turtle project, volunteers assist Costa Rican biologists with their work in coastal areas, the studies and protection of native sea turtles and sustainable egg harvesting programs. Volunteers live in one of four beach locations around Costa Rica and must be prepared to work hard while living in very basic, remote accommodation. Volunteer activities vary at different times of the year but general work includes: beach patrols, building hatcheries to keep eggs away from predators, beach cleaning, counting and tagging sea turtles, locating nesting females and working with local staff to harvest eggs.
In order to participate on this program, Michelle has to pay fees of US$1124, which will cover her accommodation, meals, orientation, program placement, volunteer support services, placement supervision and administration costs of the program. Furthermore, Michelle will have extra costs such airfares to Costa Rica, in-country travel and vaccinations. Finally, many volunteers also find their impact is even more profound if they take some fundraised/donated money to invest in projects being undertaken by the local NGOs and communities with whom they are working. I have no doubt that from Michelle's qualifications and skills she will make an excellent volunteer. Any assistance that you can provide her with will be really appreciated. If you wish to discuss this matter further or have any questions I am more than happy to help.
IVHQ Program Coordinator
International Volunteer HQ
*eek* paid my registration fee this morning! *gulp* exciting!
Thank you Kirstin!! I am so pumped.....I love those little turtles
I am so grateful to you!!
Thank You Robin!! I am soo grateful, I will send pics!
neat vid on loggerhead turtles
Going to Costa Rica to help the endangered Sea Turtles!!
If you know me, then you know that I am passionate about the world. I have been going through some life changing times of late, and would like to take this opportunity to be of service. It has been a seed inside me that was planted and has grown to fruition to help the sea turtles in Costa Rica. So, after doing hours of research, I have decided to go to Costa Rica in Feb/Mar. The dates are still to be decided. You will be the first to know
I am so grateful for this opportunity!!
With your help, many turtles will be saved and live long lives. It takes 1000 turtle eggs to produce on adult. The seven sea turtle species that grace our oceans belong to a unique evolutionary lineage that dates back at least 110 million years!! Even before the dinosaurs.
There are several sea turtles in Costa Rica that face extinction.
Olive Ridley - Vulnerable
Leatherback - Critically Endangered
Green Sea Turtle - Endangered
Loggerhead - Endangered
The organisation that I have chosen to partner with is the International Volunteer Headquarters. IVHQ assists developing countries by providing volunteers to work in a variety of jobs such as teaching, medical work, HIV/Aids awareness, women empowerment, sports education, construction work, conservation work, panda conservation, surf and swim school, agricultural work and orphanage assistance. Volunteers can choose to work on projects for various periods of time ranging anywhere from one week to six months. Our partner organizations in these countries will place you in institutions which align your interests and strengths with projects where there is a real need for help and assistance.
To contact our Executive Director "“ Daniel Radcliffe, you can call him on 64 6758 7949 (please check time in New Zealand before calling) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org He is only too happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.
Thank you for helping me make this happen, and check back often for updates!