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ECOLOGY PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
April 8, 2010

Going to Costa Rica in high school with Ecology Project International was my first trip out of the States and what a trip it was! Our leader from our local area and the teachers and guides we met in Costa Rica were beyond wonderful. They were so knowledgeable and trust-worthy which is exactly what you need when you're taking teenagers out of their home country. The work was challenging - both physically and emotionally - and the whole experience was so eye-opening. My desire to learn more about environmental problems was heightened and the realization that even at 16 years old I could make a difference changed my entire way of thinking. I highly recommend EPI trips for young adults and hope someday to go again.

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

the hands-on experience I got. Working with the endangered sea turtles completely changed my life and what I want to do after college. I see now the kind of difference one person can make.

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

amazing. They were great with teenagers and dealing with all of our issues and drama while also being so knowledgeable and warm.

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

change the world faster than it does now. That money could help them increase the number of kids who get to go on these trips. I know they work hard to provide scholarships and that would help so much.

Ways to make it better...

we had had more time before the trip to get to know the other kids going. There were groups from two high schools and more interaction beforehand would have helped our friendships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I spent 12 days in Costa Rica working with endangered turtles and planting trees in the rainforest.