Alumni Spotlight: Megan Fitzgerald, Australia

by on Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Check out Megan’s Amazing Aussie Adventure…

The Alumni Spotlight highlights the achievements and stories of ISV alumni and Student Representatives. This weekly feature showcases these participants and their life-changing experience from around the world. ISV knows that volunteers make a difference, and is pleased to recognize the achievements of these outstanding university students!

This week’s Alumni Spotlight is on:

Megan Fitzgerald

Megan Fitzgerald in Australia!

  Megan Fitzgerald

  Penn State University

  Australia 2012                                 

What was your Volunteer Project?

Tasmanian Land Conservancy Megan and other ISVolunteers helped clean.

I worked with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy for two weeks. The first week was spent primarily removing rubbish from Flat Rock Reserve which had been previously used by locals to dump garbage when it had cost money to drop rubbish off at the local tip. We also worked on closing off tracks that were being eroded and polluted by recreational activities such as dirt biking.

What was the most memorable moment of your ISV Program?

Megan and other ISVolunteers enjoying their time in Australia together.

There are far too many to count. One that stands out to me is sitting on the beach with my fellow project members in Bruny Island early one morning and watching the sun rise over the mountains in the distance in complete silence. Being able to share each other’s space without needing words to fill it was a special moment.

What are the top 5 reasons to travel with ISV?

1.You will meet people from all over the world that you would otherwise never come into contact with.
2.You will push yourself emotionally, physically, and mentally and you’ll love every minute of it.
3.You will do things you never thought you could do, would do, or quite frankly should do.
4.You’ll learn something about the world you live in.
5.You’ll learn something about yourself.

What was your favorite thing about your host country?

Everyone was extremely welcoming and accommodating. I thoroughly enjoyed Australians’ sense of humor and sarcastic ways as well. I’ve never laughed so much in my life as I did during my two weeks of project.


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