World-Traveler | Animal Advocate| Experience Seeker
Who is your personal hero? My personal hero is my previous employer, Dr. Don Woodman, who is a small animal veterinarian and an exotic wildlife specialist. He spends most of his free time travelling to schools educating children about the importance of animal conservation. I admire him because he wants to make a difference in the world and he accomplishes this by teaching students about endangered animals, habitat loss and how they can contribute towards improving the environment.
Why South Africa? I have always wanted to travel to a region within Africa, where I could view exotic wildlife in their natural surroundings and interact with local communities. Through this study abroad, I am able to experience these opportunities, while also participating in research and hopefully, making a positive impact during and after the trip.
What are you most looking forward to? Living overseas in Hungary, Malaysia and China has exposed me to various lifestyles and I am extremely excited to experience the new cultures and wildlife in South Africa. Furthermore, as an advocate for animals, I am thrilled to be meeting and working with the Black Mambas, as I admire their mission to terminate poaching. Lastly, I am excited to see whether this experience may potentially influence my decision in which field of expertise I will undertake at veterinary school.
What do you hope to accomplish? I hope to learn more in depth about the lifestyles and conservation efforts within South Africa, while also making a positive impact during and after this study abroad.