I am going to Costa Rica in June for a volunteer program. While in Costa Rica, I will be involved in an community development and environmental conservation program. I will receive hands-on, practical experience supporting such issues as endangered species preservation and habitat restoration, which will lead me on the path of ecological conservation. Past ISV volunteers have worked with children in orphanages and rescue centers, built schools and medical facilities, as well as rescued sea turtles, rehabilitated cheetahs and assisted with reforestations and farming efforts, among many other assignments. The aforementioned activities will strengthen my ultimate goal of participating in humanitarian efforts that will have an impact on our world for years to come.