First Impression of Tasikoki

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As we drove past the front gate, all I could think was beautiful!

Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Center sits right in the middle of the jungle in North Sulawesi. We drove through lush jungle and could hear the calls of the Gibbons on our way to the volunteer house.

This was my home for the next 4 weeks.

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The housing is a far cry from my last project.

Before I was living in a tent and basically outside the entire time. Now I was going to have walls and a proper roof over my head. As much as I love an outdoor shower, I was ready for one without a driftwood floor.

There are 3 different dorm style rooms. 2 rooms were already full, and the 3rd room was open for all the newcomers. I was lucky enough to be the first volunteer to arrive, so I had the first pick for a bed in our room!

I chose the best one I think. It has a window right above my bed overlooking the ocean just below us.

The view is breathtaking!

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Along with the volunteer house, there is the guest house where the male volunteers stay. This is also where we eat dinner and sometimes hang out at night. Upstairs there is a common area with a pool table and ping pong, and sometimes even karaoke.

It’s a large group of volunteers which means a lot of different personalities in one space, but we manage to get along just fine. Everyone was more than excited to introduce themselves and meet the new comers. There is nothing worse than feeling unwelcome in a new place.

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Like the housing, the work load is very different from TRACC. Not to say that diving every day isn’t strenuous, but I love it so much it didn’t feel like I was working most of the time.

The work at Tasikoki is much more involved. We get up early and work hard all day. It kinda reminds me of working with my dad back in Kansas.

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There is a lot to learn about the animal trade and what we can do to help stop it. These next 4 weeks are going to be tough, but I’m ready for the challenge!

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