I knew I wanted to visit Europe for my summer break, particularly Portugal, Spain, Italy or Belgium. I don't speak well any other languages, so Italy and Spain got eliminated. The Belgium programs didn't align with my availability, so Belgium got crossed out. That left Portugal.
I didn't want to be in the middle of nowhere (wanted to explore the main cities), so the Wolf Conservation program was out of the question. I couldn't swim either, so the Environmental Scuba Diving program was a no go. Not too good with children--there goes Youth Support. I wanted to do Construction and Renovation, but the program already filled up. That left Food Rescue, something I had experience in from my previous volunteering experience in San Jose.