Daliah's Service Learning Trip

Hello! My name is Daliah Baertschi and I'm a student at University of California San Diego, majoring in Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience. During my first quarter at UCSD I joined an organization called Alternative Breaks. Alternative Breaks supports local, domestic and international service learning trips, and this spring break I have the amazing opportunity to travel to Cartago, Costa Rica to volunteer in a local orphanage. We will be partnering with a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster youth and community development through educational material.

Ever since I can remember, I have been volunteering in my community, whether it was community outreach through Girl Scouts, serving as the Vice President of the Special Olympics Club in high school, participating in the annual Santa Barbara Heart Walk or volunteering as a camp counselor. All of these experiences have played a huge role in my personal and academic growth.

This last summer I broke out of my comfort zone and traveled through Europe with my best friend. I was able to see first hand how very different life is all around the world and when I returned to California I knew I wanted to do more for other communities, which is why this trip means so much to me.

I currently have 10 weeks to raise $1,500.00 to make this volunteer trip possible. Every week leading up to the trip, several my fellow UCSD students and I come together to discuss ways to make this trip as meaningful as possible. Besides learning spanish, we are educating ourselves on Costa Rican culture and traditions, formulating appropriate lesson plans, and finding out what unique qualities and skills we can bring to children nearly 3,500 miles away.

In closing, thank you so much for taking the time to read this and supporting my cause, as I am so excited about this opportunity. For all persons who donate, I promise to provide updates on the orphanage experience, the volunteer work we perform, and the relationships forged while in Costa Rica.

For more information, here is a link to the Alternative Breaks website.
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Daliah Baertschi 
Buellton, CA
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