Working at the Regional Centre for Environmental Documentation and Interpretation (CREDIA) in La Ceiba Honduras is very different from working at the Falls Brook Centre. Instead of waking up every morning to a fresh, crisp morning for farmwork amidst a swarm of hungry blackflies I wake up much earlier with the heat of the day already spilling treacle-like through my window. I then set off for the CREDIA office where I do the majority of my work on translating documents, helping with attracting envrionmental and scientific tourism, or writing proposals for projects. So far I have worked on designing a greenhouse made out of plastic water bottles and a strategy for getting more young volunteers involved here at CREDIA. There have also been opportunities to meet NGOs from all over Latin America at international conferences hosted by CREDIA. It is very interesting to see the various perspectives on environmental issues and how different places choose to address these issues.
I also help with tours of the botanical gardens for school kids who come for a visit where they can learn more about the natural world that many city dwellers never see. Creating these links between people and their environment is very rewarding. Also, on a few occasions I have had the opportunity to help with puppet shows about protecting the wetlands. These have been performed in smaller communities for kids and we've been overwhelmed by the positive reactions we've received. One group even started their own environmental puppet team right after we left and have already begun producing shows!