“Bogue Fest” is an annual event held to thank the community in and around Tortuguero for all the work they do during turtle season when tourism is at its peak. What does “bogue” mean? Well, that is the local spelling for the English word “boogie”! The festival used to be called TortuFest (for the Spanish word for turtle, “Tortuga”) to recognize the festival’s main theme, but this year the organizer’s have decided to make this party even more festive, and bring everyone out to boogie on down, hence the new official name “Bogue (boogie) Fest””! This truly sums up the spirit of this music & dance-filled village with such a fascinating mix Caribbean & Latino history & roots, tucked away within the national park. This is the second year running that GVI Jalova has participated in the festival; conducting wildlife and environment themed activities for children to fit alongside various other workshops including circus skills and mask-making in a weekend that brings the community together.
Day 1 saw staff and volunteers teaching local children about the wildlife in the national park and playing traditional games, whilst on day 2 Jalova made their presence known by participating in the boat parade alongside schools, calypso bands and our partner the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Hopefully turtle season 2015 will be just as successful and Jalova can continue to build relationships with the community.
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