Hello! My name is Caitlin Furio and this campaign is to raise funds to help me as I volunteer in southern Belize.
I am a 24 year old currently working as an analyst at an economic consulting firm in Philadelphia. I have been working there for almost two years, in which time I have become adept in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for analysis and visualization. GIS is mapping software that can be used to process geographic data, design maps, and analyze satellite imagery.
In August, I will be leaving that job to volunteer with Ya'axché Conservation Trust, a Belizean organization in Punta Gorda, Belize. I will be helping them by using my GIS skills to monitor land use change and by teaching others in the organization and community to use these tools.
I will be living in Punta Gorda for an initial period of six months. In that time I will be paying for my own cost of living without any source of income. This campaign will help to make that possible. If I reach my campaign goal, it will account for roughly a third of my estimated budget for this trip.
If you can help me out, even with a dollar or two, I will be extremely grateful. Every cent will not only help me achieve a lifelong dream of volunteering abroad, but also contribute to an amazing organization in Belize. As time goes on I will be creating additional rewards levels to show my appreciation for your support.
Thank you for your time and your help!
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