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.