Meet Rhaysa Feliciano, a second year veterinary student in Tuskegee University. Originally from Puerto Rico, she has been in the USA since September 2011. She hopes to make a difference by taking care of animals, one creature at a time.
Why do you want to volunteer abroad?
I want to be able to help the community of Nicaragua. One would not think that spays and neuters help humans but they do! By controlling the overpopulation of animals we also help prevent human disease and even animal attacks. This opportunity not only will allow me to provide help to the community I will also gain valuable experience in surgery that in turn will help in my career in school and when I graduate as well.
Why should people donate to your campaign?
People should donate to my campaign because sadly I do not process the funds to pay for the trip myself. I am in school with the help of student loans and work-study and my funds are very limited. Any amount helps! Even a dollar is useful towards my trip.
How will this experience impact you as a person?
I have never been to South America and this experience will open my eyes to a different culture. I wish to gain some insight into the problems outside of the USA with animal overpopulation and health. Also, knowing that I’m helping people will give me the confidence and the drive to want to do more. With this trip I want to start “giving forward” throughout the rest of my life. It will also help me in my education since I will be performing surgeries in my 3rd year of school and I want to be prepared for the task. When I graduate schooling and this tremendous experience will help make me the best veterinarian I can be.
What are you looking forward to in this trip?
I’m looking forward to learning and soaking in as much as I can. I also want to learn about the culture in Nicaragua and its people. I want to touch as many lives as I can. Sometimes when we think about animals we tend to forget that there is always someone behind that furry face that benefits from them.
Check out Rhaysa’s fundraising campaign here and don’t forget to donate to her page!