Teens volunteer in Costa Rica

Janna Olynick and Michelle Brown travel to Costa Rica to volunteer with underprivileged families and children next month.

Michelle Brown and Janna Olynick will be volunteering in Costa Rica

Janna Olynick and Michelle Brown  travel to Costa Rica to volunteer with underprivileged families and children next month.

The four-week program will see them working alongside 20 to 50 others from around the world as part of International Student Volunteers (ISV). They will volunteer in a range of community development projects working with families and children living in poverty, and living with a local family. After two weeks of volunteering, they will participate in an educational two-week adventure tour of Costa Rica.

Brown says she decided on the program after travelling with her family and wanting to do more.

“I think it will be a great cultural experience and a chance to meet a lot of great people from all over the world,” she says.

Olynick has volunteered here and wanted to reach beyond this community. “I expect to gain a better understanding of the developing countries of the world…to learn about culture, make a small difference in the world by impacting the lives of other people and the natural environment,” says Olynick.

Olynick and Brown leave for Costa Rica on May 6.