October half term in Costa Rica and Nicaragua was nothing short of a whirlwind tour.  Being a part of the first people to explore Camps International’s brand-new locations was exciting, and impressive to see what happens behind the scenes when getting a brand-new location up and running!

Visiting potential sites for camps, exploring new locations, crossing the border and having a chance to do some shopping in markets meant a very hectic week, so I thought I would share a few highlights….

Our first visit took us to the Costa Rican coast and we had a chance to dive and snorkel from the shoreline.  PADI dive instructors are really supportive and helpful, the weather was calm and the wildlife was visible.  From rays to fish to coral and starfish – there was loads for us to see.

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Costa Rica is renowned for its wildlife, and when we headed further inland we were fortunate to see an abundance of wildlife, with birds, bats, lizards and monkeys!

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Once we had transferred across the border, we visited Ometepe Island which is in Lake Nicaragua – a well-known spot for visitors to Nicaragua.  This flying visit gave us a chance to explore the wildlife and nature that was on the island, before we headed off to our next stop.

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Visiting potential communities in Nicaragua was a great experience to be a part of.  Seeing first-hand the work that goes on behind the scenes to get Camps set up in a new location was enlightening.  Not only do they ensure that a community is willing and happy to have expedition volunteers amongst their community and working on projects with them, but it is vital that the same community completely understands that Camps International enters into a partnership with them – to ensure that our goals and their aims are aligned.

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It was awesome to be there at the beginning of the process of setting up brand new camps, and I cannot wait to see what the future of Camps International in Costa Rica and Nicaragua brings.