A variety of programs has attracted a group of interns with various different backgrounds to join together and contribute their unique skills to the Kalu Yala projects. From Community Outreach, to Education, Business and Biology, all of us here for the next two and a half months will be able to bounce ideas off each other and work together with the Kalu Yala staff, directors and the San Miguel community.
During this first week of orientation, we were all asked to take a personality test for both ourselves and the staff and directors to get an insight as to who we are and how we think. For the five of us who have taken the test, we all found ourselves with different personality types! Myra Garcia, “The Mentor,” and Blair Slingerland, “The Care-giver,” conveniently joined the team as Education interns. Andrea Bonaiuto, a Community Outreach intern, fell under the personality of “The Executive,” a great type for raising awareness and reaching out to the community. Our Business intern, Victor Ansley, is “The Doer,” another great personality for succeeding in his field. As for myself, a Biology intern, I fell under the personality type of “The Originator.” I hope this type will allow me to successfully contribute thoughts and ideas to both the projects proposed and developed throughout this internship.
Though we may all possess different personality types, we each have a common goal of joining the Kalu Yala team as insightful and useful interns. The variety of personalities will not only contribute to Kalu Yala by providing different and/or new ideas to the team, but will also allow a larger spectrum of views and suggestions that may have yet to be discovered.
In hopes of helping these projects develop and turn out the way they are envisioned to, we are all here and ready to work under the creative, smart, and ambitious team of Kalu Yala! From meeting the community in San Miguel to exploring and learning about the jungle in the valley, I am looking forward to this once in a life time experience!