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ECOLOGY PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
April 8, 2010

During my trip with EPI, I discovered the beauties of a culture completely different than the one I know in America. In Mexico, everything has a twice-used feeling, and though this may be in part due to Mexico's lack of money, it is interesting how people can get along with so much less than we do in America, and still support a vibrant culture. At the camp where we did whale research, I learned that using renewable energy is really more of a problem if you can't make the change in your head, because once the changes tangibly manifest themselves, using a composting toilet or re-using your water doesn't seem hard at all. I learned that all people are excited to share their culture, that even whale researchers who spend months whatching whales are excited when calves come up close, and that speaking Spanish is something I wish I could do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my perspective. I've realized that traveling with people who are well educated is cool because you learn a lot without trying.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the memories our group has. I haven't laughed that hard in a while.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, youthful, and seemed to be knowledgeable about everything.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take kids who couldn't pay for the trips on their own to exotic places, to learn about the importance of preserving our enironment.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't gotten sick from the food we had to eat in transit. This is just a part of the experience, though, and I wouldn't have exchanged eating granola bars from home for eating out.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the scope of the trips. So much traveling costs a lot of money, and some groups may balk at the prices of the trips.

One thing I'd also say is that...

There's nothing better than petting a whale!! I will hold onto the feeling forever.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped researchers take data on gray whales in Baja, California.