Rainsong 4: Last day!

Trip Start May 10, 2010
Trip End Jun 16, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today is my last day here at Rainsong. I'm feeling a bit saddened in leaving these animals in the midst of having watched them grow, heal, and develop. However, I'm extremely excited to go home and spend time with my family and friends!

The past week has been draining. A bunch of new volunteers/interns came and I wound up being the only one who knew what to do for the animals the day they all came. I was running around preparing food and cleaning cages while having to answer their questions and show them where things were and explaining who gets fed what and what to do in certain situations. By the time my break came around, I was exhausted.

Today was also a bit exhausting as a new volunteer and Mary's new filmmaker, Adam, needed to interview a volunteer/intern about a typical day at Rainsong, the pro's and con's they've been faced with, and why they chose Rainsong. He was also looking to collect advocacy videos about the animal electrocutions. Mary suggested that he interview me since I have been here the longest. It was a bit nerve-wracking, having never been in front of a camera for something so important. I didn't want to say anything wrong or misrepresent Rainsong in any way and there was little time to prepare or gather my words. Adam talked me through some of it and what he would go over or what I should talk about, though, and I was a lot more relaxed. Even when I was jumped on by a muddy dog and a monkey peed on me 3 times, all on film!

Looking back on my time at Rainsong, I realize it was here where I learned about gossip, taking a stand for the things I believe in/boldness, and persistent prayer. And apparently a load of new self confidence coming into school after having a summer of transition.
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