Overlook Farm, Rutland, MA. -
Angela - "Friendships are a part of
what makes the whole experience great!"
Angela did her internship at Overlook
Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Overlook Farm is part of Heifer Project
International, a non-profit organization trying to put a stop to world
hunger and poverty. Volunteers teach individuals in various
countries how to take care of the animals that are most needed for
their environment. The offspring of these animals' is then
"passed on to others."
Angela's goal was to work with animals but help people at the same
time She wanted to be able to apply what she learned in school to
this job and take what she learned at this job and apply that knowledge
Her responsibilities included doing chores, her favorite part of the
day because she got to work especially close with the animals. She
milked cows and goats, made sure all the animals had food and water,
and brought the animals to the Global Villages to educate people about
the animal's environment.
If you want hands-on experience with large animals, to meet people with
all sorts of backgrounds, to learn something about the world., this is
the right place.
I learned so much about all sorts of livestock, getting the hands-on
experience that you cannot get in a a classroom. Working at Overlook
Farm has honestly changed my life.
This experience was so incredible
because I was actually the ONLY one helping the doctor (in the
operating room). I remember her saying to me 'hold this,' 'pull that,'
'hold it right there,' and 'give me this or that'. During the
surgery, I didn't only have fun but also learned quite a bit."
It was a life determining experience
since I now know that being a veterinarian is what I really want to do
with my life. As long as I can remember, an animal doctor is what I've
always wanted to be, and now by going through this 'test' I will
hopefully become a veterinarian after graduating from college.
It's because of this summer I know
what I want to do with my life --
farming, education, helping in the fight against world hunger.