Ben‘s service work is at the base of Volcán Mombacho, an inactive volcano and cloud forest we visited as a group in May. “My service assignment is very laid back,” says Ben. He works in the mariposario (butterfly farm) and orquideario (orchid garden), where he helps clean the structures and chats with his coworkers about butterflies and “theories about other insects.” He adds, “If it rains substantially the day before, we go out and catch butterflies. If not, we generally sit in the office and talk, which is great for learning Spanish and more about insects.”
Ben is an environmental science major, and when he started his own bug collection here in Nicaragua, we knew he loved insects. We’re glad he’s found a place here where he can share this passion with others!