Au Pair Volunteers with Turtles on Long Island

Flora Solorzano Zamora from Costa Rica has spent the past year with a host family in Setauket.  Au Pair in America has been a great experience for her.  She is looking forward to her travel month and exploring more of the USA before she returns home in October to continue her studies in Costa Rica to become a pharmacist.

Flora volunteered during some of her free time in a study of turtles in the ponds near her host family’s town.   Flora said, ” I really enjoyed doing the turtles this year! I am happy I had this experience.
This project was about looking for turtles around the beach, weight and measure them to find out if they lay or not. We followed them until they lay their eggs and then we protected the nests from predators. After days we get to see the baby turtles hatching and we also release the ones we rescued.
It is awesome to have the opportunity of follow all the process!”

For more information on this project, please check out the Friends of Flax Pond.

Flora earned a Volunteer Certificate from Au Pair in America for her work with the turtles.  She also earned a completion of her education certificate and will get a certificate for the Au Pair in America program when she returns home to Costa Rica.

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