Alumni Spotlight: Guido Negri


Guido Negri, born 21 December 1976, in northern Italy, is a physics researcher at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. He volunteered in Costa Rica with SEE Turtles from 20-26 August 2009 in Parismina (at ASTOP) and traveling around Costa Rica from 26 August - 7 September 2009.

Why did you decide to volunteer with SEE Turtles in Costa Rica?

It was a great occasion to do something useful while having fun, getting to know more on the sea turtles and having the possibility to get in touch with a different culture.

Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.

Me and my friend decided to take mostly the nightly shifts to patrol the beaches and secure the just laid turtle eggs: shifts were from 10pm to 6am. In the afternoons we had ~2 hours of different activities (we played with the children and helped in their educational activities and we painted the beds in the ASTOP hostel.)

What made this volunteer experience unique and special?

During the few days in Parismina we learned a lot: about sea turtles, about Costa Rica culture, about local plants and wildlife. And also a little Spanish!

And seeing a sea turtle laying eggs is just amazing and the excitement magically washes away the tiredness of a sleepless night!

How has this experience helped you grow personally and professionally?

This experience has shown me that adventure is a state of mind rather than an activity. And no matter how far a country can be, the distance between cultures can be made so small with some effort.