Significant Event

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Casey Staubitser
Dr. T. Wilson
Research Topics in College Writing
19 September 2011

Volunteering in Costa Rica

A significant event in my life, that has recently passed, was when I traveled to Costa Rica. At the end of my junior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to graduate a half year early and travel to do a volunteer project. After my early graduation I traveled with a volunteer group out of Europe to Costa Rica for two months. This event has taught me many knew things and has influenced me to look into more volunteer projects for the future.

Trying to decide what volunteer project I wanted to do was the most difficult part. I wanted to do something that I was interested in but something that was educational as well. It took me about two weeks of searching around on the internet to pick the country I wanted to travel to. After discussing with my parents, I chose Costa Rica. I then had to decide on the type of project that I wanted to participate in. I was stumped, so I decided to go talk to my guidance counselor at school. She helped me narrow down my options and helped me decide on doing something that I was truly interested in. I finally chose to work alongside the staff at the Wild Animal Rescue Centre in San Carlos, Costa Rica. I chose this project not only for my love for animals but because animal abuse is a common thing in Central America. Many people in Costa Rica keep wild animals as pets. One of the main objectives of the Rescue Centre was to take care of the wild animals that have been kept captive, making sure they recover in a safe environment, and eventually taking them back to their natural habitat. Another objective of this volunteer project was to become familiar with the Costa Rican culture and its’ language. My experience at the Animal Rescue Centre was one that I will never forget. I had work Monday through Friday from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon. Some tasks I had to do at the...
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