Goodbye Costa Rica, Hello Australia! ISV Says Farewell to Liza Mora…

by alrahmahsolutions on Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Liza at home on the ranch. All pictures © used with permission by Liza Mora, Tour Leader with ISV

This October, ISV will be wishing our longest-serving tour leader well as she leaves her home in Costa Rica to pursue a new life and new challenges in Australia.

Liza Mora is from Costa Rica and has been a tour leader for ISV since 2006. During this time Liza led around 50 tours in Costa Rica, with an additional 7 in the Dominican Republic!  Over 2250 of ISV’s alumni were fortunate enough to have learned about their host ISV country from a very passionate and professional individual.

About Liza:  Aside from tour leading for ISV, Liza has worked as nature interpreter and biologist for over eight years in Costa Rica, Panamá and Belize. She has a degree in Tropical Biology from the Latin University of Costa Rica. Liza is fluent in Spanish, English and German. Liza’s outdoor passions have taken her through different paths in adventure sports, especially as a white water kayaker, winning several competitions (2005-2008). She loves everything water related, from surfing to SCUBA diving and when she´s not playing in the water, she spends time in her family´s ranch where she tries to grow her own food.

Liza is a true naturalist at heart.

Liza recalls being hired for ISV so quickly (in two days) and has stayed for almost seven years! When asked what her favorite moments with ISV have been she says that it is difficult to think of one, but she enjoys the challenge of continuing to find ways to make natural history of importance to the new generations on tours. A memorable tour highlight for Liza is  midnight kayaking through the Tortuguero canals under a full moon during a tour several years ago.

Life is now taking Liza to Australia where, although she will miss her family ranch, a lovely house and huge garden awaits her and the Great Barrier Reef is very close by. She’ll be volunteering her time at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens and hopes to find work in the environmental department, possibly in the mines or park services or anything involving her love of animals and plants.

Liza says that she will miss ISV but not as much as ISV will miss her! (True!)

Liza, thank you and farewell from your all friends at ISV! We wish you well on your next (of life’s many) adventures!

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