Entering Ecuador

by Kevin Wang As I sat down in my seat on my flight to Ecuador, I started to panic. As I heard the other passengers around me speaking in Spanish, it was finally starting to hit me. I was leaving the Western world I was used to and heading into a vastly different, unknown world. […]

Beauty and the Beast

San Pedro, Belize is a small Caribbean city located on an island; just a few miles from the second largest coral reef in the world. In the air or on the ground, the beauty of the sandy beaches with its cool, clear waves along with the stereotypical palm trees providing some shades from the warm […]

Starfish in Italy

I sat on the roof of the volunteer house at 11:00pm, in Camini, Italy. The bats fluttered around me, but nothing else stirred. This was the place where I felt I could breathe and remove myself from everything that had gone on at my volunteer placement; alone and surrounded by the Italian night sky. Holding […]

Making the Best of a Bad Situation

Prior to starting my stretch experience, I was originally set on a completely different path. I knew that I wanted to do something involving the environment as that is what I am passionate about. When my first plan didn’t work out, I tried reaching out to a possible opportunity through my cousin’s wife in the […]