Alumni Spotlight: Shelby Rosewall, Costa Rica

by on Thursday, 16 February 2012

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!

"I have never been that close to a monkey especially to be able to touch it like it was a normal everyday occurrence." -Shelby Rosewall

This week’s Alumni Spotlight is on:

Shelby Rosewall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Costa Rica 2011

Describe your Volunteer Project:

Our project was working with bottlenose dolphins and poison dart frogs. We took pictures and took down locations and numbers of frogs and dolphins.

What was your favorite thing about your host country?

There are too many things to choose from to be called my favorite. I loved the food, the extremely friendly people, my host family, the environment and the animals.

What things do you now practice as a result of your ISV experience?

I have definitely begun to get more involved in recycling, water conservation and food conservation. I have also donated money to shelters which I had not done before. I am also trying to get into some of the animal shelters to work with abused and neglected animals.

Shelby on her ISV program in Costa Rica

The top 5 reasons to travel with ISV are…

  1. the entire experience is amazing (people, food, animals, etc.)
  2. the experience is priceless
  3. the friends you make will feel like your family even after your trip
  4. you get much more out of it than you pay for
  5. it is completely a once in a lifetime opportunity

I had the best time with ISV because…

this is something I only dreamed of doing. I never thought I would have the money to work with animals in another country and ISV made it all possible. I can’t wait to go to Africa now that I see that I can do anything I put my mind to.

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