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I attend Cornell University and I am a member of a scholarship program called Cornell Tradition. In order to receive funding from my program, I had to meet certain requirements: be on project for a minimum of eight weeks long for at least 40 hours each week; have timely reviews with a supervisor to monitor my service; write a reflective essay at the end of my project; and submit a supervisor review. Although an internship with GVI is typically six months, I was able to work with GVI staff to create a volunteer experience that met my scholarship requirements. As a natural resources major, the opportunity to work in a field setting with a traditional community and with elephants was very insightful. I learned a variety of field research techniques and experience working alongside exotic animals. I really enjoyed leading hikes and conducting health checks. Getting to know the villagers and learning some of the local language was a lot of fun. I know that my two months with GVI has given me a new perspective to apply in my studies. I hope to one day work as a conservationist with domestic elephants. The elephant reintroduction project was an incredible experience and valuable glimpse into work I cannot wait to pursue.