Winy Vasquez (BSC)

Wildlife Institute of India (Uttarakhand, India)

I spent the summer of 2017 working for the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Uttarakhand, India. Being able to spend a co-op term working abroad has been an invaluable experience that has not only taught me about working in conservation research, but has also helped me to acquire the life skills needed to work and live abroad. Working abroad has made it possible for me to grown both professionally and personally. This summer I was able to acquire new skills in species distribution modelling and conduct field work in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand as well as learn to navigate through a new culture and new customs. Being able to gain research experience while exploring India has been an incredible opportunity and a great way to end my undergraduate degree. Along with my first co-op work term in Chile and my second co-op work term in a research lab in UBC, the co-op program has given me the chance to walk away with not only a degree I’m passionate about but also the professional experience to back it up.