Jess' Journey to Tanzania!

Jessica Beneski Start Date: May 15, 2017 - End Date: May 14, 2018
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My Travel Story

by: Jessica Beneski Start Date: May 15, 2017 - End Date: May 14, 2018
****For the non-readers
I am a Zoology student at the University of Maine trying to raise money to afford an educational trip to Tanzania to learn field research techniques. It is an amazing opportunity and I am doing my best to take advantage of it. 

****For those who want to know more
Ever since I was in elementary school, I knew I wanted to work with animals. I constantly bounced between different ideas, such as vet or zookeeper, but my passion for animal science has always been consistent. When high school came around, I decided that field research was a job that interested me. However, during highschool I did not have the means to get a job or volunteer anywhere that would provide me with the type of work I was interested in. I told myself that, when I went to college, I would do everything in my power to get to Africa and figure out if my dream job is really what I'm meant to do. Big cats and other large mammals are a significant interest of mine, and the African savanna seems like the perfect place to get hands on experience with them. 

The program I want to participate in is a two month long, educational summer program in Rhotia, Tanzania. I would be attending only the second month of the program, which is focused on teaching wildlife field research techniques. I learned about the Tanzania program through a friend who was participating in a shorter program, and since then it has been my mission to make sure I have the means to go. I have recently completed my first year as a Zoology student at the University of Maine, and the goal is to go to Tanzania next summer after I complete my sophomore year. After participating in this program, I will have learned valuable field skills and gained an appreciation for not only the wildlife, but the native people of Rhotia, Tanzania. I've always imagined myself growing up and working in Africa, so this program would be an amazing opportunity for me to get my foot in the door and taste the future. 

I have provided links to the session that I would be attending in Tanzania and if you have any questions about my goals or education feel free to contact me at jessica.beneski@maine.edu. 
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