Sophie Lalonde

Sophie Lalonde volunteered in Thailand in June-July 2011. She is a 20-year-old from Colorado Springs, CO, majoring in Finance at the University of Colorado.

Why did you decide to volunteer with ISV in Thailand?

Sophie: I decided to volunteer abroad with ISV in Thailand because I worked with the company and recruited enough people that they paid for my trip abroad! Also I was very interested in fighting human trafficking.

Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.

Sophie: As a volunteer I painted the preschool, taught English classes, hosted the radio station, and held educational sessions to prevent human trafficking.

What made this experience unique and special?

Sophie: This volunteer abroad experience is unique because you do 2 weeks on volunteering and then a 2 week adventure tour, so you get the best of both worlds!

Children in Thailand

How has this experience impacted your future?

Sophie: This experience has impacted me in every shape, way, and form in my day to day life. I look forward to promoting human rights the rest of my life, and I have even started up a non-profit focused on international education to make a difference in the world. Professionally, recruiters are very interested in my trips and it is a great way to diversify myself from other applicants. In fact, it is a great way to show them how you react to challenging and different situations.