Alumni Spotlight: Koron Michie

The story of Koron Michie the young man who wanted to have a hand on experience on learning how to become a zoologist.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose the project in Costa Rica because it was my first time traveling out of the country alone and I knew it was still Central America, so I wasn't exactly too far from home. also, Costa Rica is a nice warm tropical area. the amount of I had to learn before the trip was immaculate, but I knew I would learn more on the trip. which I did.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I signed up through the Go Eco volunteer abroad. they were very helpful in helping narrow down to which project I would want to work with. The go eco program was nice enough to arrange my stay in Costa Rica with a nice family and my way to the animal sanctuary as well as giving me a list of things I needed for the trip. I had to organize my own flights, shots and packing arrangements.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I only wish knew how exactly hot it was in Costa Rica. I recommend that you learn A decent amount of Spanish before your trip and don't be afraid to travel alone in my experience I think it's better to go alone because you can be true self it's only a leap of faith. Also have fun and learn as much as you can while you're out there.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

So, it starts off with you waking up every morning at five getting ready and heading down to the meeting area, there you will collect the plates of the animals bring them back and make the animals breakfast then return them. after you will eat breakfast be assigned in different groups and then get ready of day of work.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

my biggest fear was traveling alone, but I overcame my fear because I was determined to get out and accomplish one of my goals which was to travel and have a hand on experience with working with animals. I was so driven by my passion of animals as well as wanting to meet new people and learning new languages.

Write and answer your own question.

while I was in Costa Rica, on the fourth day I accentually sprayed bug spray in my eye without flushing my eye out, it then got infected but i still carried tackled any chore I had to do for the day, and I didn't let that stop me from having a great time. the workers in Costa Rica were very helpful though.