Before going to University I wanted an adventure, I’ve always been interested in languages so decided to travel Central America for 8 months and learn Spanish. The language never happened but the adventure definitely did. I ended up in the yucatan peninsula of mexico interning for a dive shop whilst completing the different padi qualifications to achieve dive-master.
After this I travelled down the coast and volunteered for a marine conservation project with GVI in Tulum, where I lived on a beach for 2 months and improved my diving. After this I continued South visiting lots of different diving sits throughout the different Central American countries ending up in Costa Rica.
Highlights and Thoughts
The lifestyle was a really relaxed, beach style living, lots of campfires and outdoor living. A lot of places I stayed were pretty basic with no electricity or running water, but it is what I expected and added to the experiences.
I flew to Mexico from England and from there used all different types of transports including; buses, cars and vans.
I stayed in a shared house whilst I was interning at the dive shop and from then on I mainly stayed in a van that we hired or in hostels around the place.
A scuba diving shop called Geofish
If you are travelling by yourself I think it is always useful to have the first couple of days booked up before you go, the first night I arrived I really struggled to find a hostel and it was a lot more stressful than it needed to be. Also when travelling through rural Central America it is pretty essential to at least know a little bit of Spanish, it will allow you to connect more with the locals and also understand when you’re being scammed
The shared house was pretty amazing, it came to £2 a night and I had an ensuit bathroom with a jacuzzi. I also ended up meeting some amazing people there!
The van was as good as it could have been, but it was still an old van!
Great place to work, it was a family run business and I ended up being very good friends with the whole family. It was a great experience.