The experience that we had in Costa Rica has changed me in ways more than what can be described in words. From a consulting standpoint, having the ability to work with those five very different organizations was surely worth it. Although my team was Treeseed, I liked how I could be useful to the other organizations through my perspectives, questions, and answers. Continuing with what was learned about consulting, I realized the ways that consulting parallels regular conversation. Our teams had done research and surveys to obtain information but that information was only the starting point for the brainstorming that occurred between IU, Ale, and the organizations. As the professor repeatedly stated, those original ideas that we created eventually led to great ideas that were very plausible and possible.
One thing that I really appreciated was how seriously all the leaders of the organizations took us. They genuinely listened to us and wanted our advice and views on what they had started. Working with very passionate individuals was a great experience too because their drive inspired me to continue with my ambitions and to not be limited by resources or what others might say.
Having the chance to work in Costa Rica has affected me immensely. I honestly felt that this global immersion trip was more impactful than some of the volunteering work that I have been involved in. This was my first time out of the country and having a chance to provide advice to an actual company/organization. Seeing all the greenery and having to live in a different culture for nine days also changed me.
When I first signed up for the trip, I wanted to expand my understanding of the world and this trip certainly did that. There were so many small differences between places that combined to create a big difference. From the unspoken rules of driving to the ways that Costa Ricans address each other, these aspects opened my eyes and provided me with a nonpareil experience. I stepped out of my comfort zone with this trip and it was tough for me at times but I would not trade in the opportunity that I had for anything. I understand myself more from this experience and I also have more of an idea of what I potentially would want to do for a career. Hearing about the people that do this kind of work regularly piqued my interest and I will certainly look more into what they do.