Kate Rydell '12

Heifer International - Perryville, Arkansas
Major: Environmental Studies

When I arrived at Heifer Ranch, I was a little apprehensive.  I had just driven four days from my home in Maine and I really had no solid idea of what I was going to find at my destination in the middle of Arkansas.  What I discovered was a beautiful, sprawling Ranch filled with open-hearted, hard working people.  The two weeks of training were at times overwhelming, but they prepared me for leading activities and engaging participants in thoughtful conversations about world poverty and hunger, as well as associated environmental concerns.  Every day brought a new experience, either through a new group of participants or a new hiking adventure with the friends I lived and worked with.  The experience was unforgettable and I highly recommend it.