This program was absolutely incredible. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. A big part of what made this experience so special was who I got to share the experience with. My fellow volunteers, program directors, and all of the locals I was fortunate enough to meet in Thailand make it an unforgettable experience.
My time in Cambodia was one that absolutely changed my life. I learnt so much from everyone around me - my leaders, the other participants, and the beautiful people that you get to work with. Each and everyday you get to spend over there really makes you appreciate what you have back home.
So far this has been the greatest experience ever. It is almost exactly how I wanted it to be. I wanted a chance to enjoy the things I love and watching animals in their natural habitat is one. Our group has been so lucky to see four turtles and it made me feel like the happiest person ever. Having the opportunity to catch the eggs while the mother turtle was laying them will be a memory I will never forget. It was definitely surreal and it makes me excited for what I can do in the future as a volunteer. I now know that there are many places that I can help out and do what I love.
After three weeks in Thailand I came back to the states with a new-found outlook on the world. I gained confidence, experienced tremendous personal growth, and gained an entire group of new friends. What I cherished most about the experience is interacting with wonderful people who all have such a positive outlook on life.