Monday, September 17, 2012

Regina Domingo - Finds her Dream at Cocos


Name: Regina Domingo
Born: Vilassar de Mar, near Barcelona, Spain
Age: 28 years
Hobby: SCUBA Diver

“ You must be the change you wish to see in the world”

Some time ago ... I was trying trying to sleep, but I small voice kept me awake'' there many places on earth to explore and thousands of things to learn''  The seed was planted.  From that night, I poured over maps and spent hours daydreaming of places far away. Imagined living in far away lands and conjured images of the smells, animals, people and all the other unknowns that come with experiencing a new place. One day I stumbled upon a short passage describing Cocos Island, the most wonderful place in the world, rich biodiversity, I fell in love with the island long before I had the chance to visit her.

I knew very little of Cocos, but I had many questions: What was it like? Who are the people who are working to conserve the island?  What is the plan? I had an overwhelming feeling ... that I was missing something.  That I needed to go to this island, that I could do things to help

I have always lived fast. Since I was twelve years old, I had a passion for animals .  My life had not been easy, but I found solace in the wild and animals comforted me. I began to ponder what I wanted to do with my life.  I decided, by the ripe age of fifteen that I wanted to dedicate my life to conservation and making the world a better place.

I rea;ized I had fa;len into a routine. I was ready to leave my home.  I was ready to experience it all.  I was ready to search for intensity.

Letting go completely changed my perspective.  I was at the precipise of a new beginning.  I was on my way to Cocos Island to begin my rotation as an official volunteer.  I had bought a one-way ticket to Costa Rica, a few Euros in my pocket and I was filled with enthusiasm and an unrelenting passion for …. I also carried a small backback.

I was on my way around the world. On the way to feed my dreams. The road would be my home.

I am writing this now from Cocos Island.  The remote place that has filled my head for many years…  It is even more than my imagination had expected.

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