Hannah Nevitt, our “Show Us Your Greenheart” photo contest winner, spent time volunteering in Costa Rica last year and shares her winning entries from our animal rescue and eco-reserve volunteer project. Based on a private ecological reserve in the rainforests of northern Costa Rica, this project acts as a home for rescued wild animals and also is a site for ongoing conservation and community development projects that help to protect and sustain the natural beauty of the rainforest and local residents.

Drinking soda out of plastic bags during half time at my host brother’s soccer game.

The kids posing for the camera in their school uniforms. First day of school.

Some of the most exotic, beautiful, and vibrant plants can be found in Costa Rica.

I was being resourceful to protect myself from the daily downpour of rain.

Holding hands with one of the monkeys at Proyecto Asis. Amazing how human-like they can be.

At the rescue center we had a litter of baby “mapaches” or racoons. This one very social!

Traditional colorful dresses are worn by the girls for their Independence day festival and parade in La Fortuna.