One of the more awesome things I’ve done as a volunteer was having the chance to work on a research vessel and tag turtles on the Galapagos Islands

Have you ever heard of a dry tropical forest? No?  Me neither until I ended up volunteering in one.  Dry forest are one of the many unique ecosystems in Ecuador.  I lived in a bamboo hut–no electricity–no plumbing, approximately 2 km off the ‘main road, by myself (well, me and the critters), in the middle of the forest for three weeks.  It was terrifyingly awesome.

  •  Ants in my Pants is a story about building stairs on a trail in the forest.