As 2017 came to a close, interns at Richmond High took some time to reflect on their experience with Earth Team thus far. From litter clean ups and murals to planting trees, the team had a lot to accomplish. Here are what some interns had to say:
So far in the first semester it has been fun. Being able to go and do tree inventory, cleaning up local parks and educating others on environmental issues makes me feel accomplished. Knowing that I am helping out my community in some way, shape or form makes me feel that I am actually doing something to better my community. Being an intern has helped me improve on my teamwork skills since you have to be able to work with others. So far I have learned how to plant trees and plants and how to distinguish different trees by their leaves. Overall Earth Team has been a learning experience and I can’t wait till next semester.
-Erika Gonzalez, Richmond High Intern
I was one of the Earth team interns who joined this internship a couple weeks late and it was honestly one of the best experiences. I learned and met a lot of new people that I didn’t know or talk to before. I don’t really think it affected me in a bad way other than the fact that I just had to learn how to manage my time. Then again, having to manage my time is something I’ve gotten used to which wasn’t really a problem for me. I learned a lot from being in earth team. One of the many things that will always stick to me is how careful one has to be when planting, caring, and looking over a tree. It’s not as easy as you may think. It’s so much more than just digging a hole and placing it then covering that hole back up. You have to measure it precisely to the right amount, place it in the right way and look after it even after you’ve planted it. It made my semester a lot more stressful because sometimes I couldn’t attend a couple either after school meetings or weekend due to family issues but I had to figure out a way to because I didn’t want to miss an event/meeting. I always figured it out.
-Cynthia Mendoza, Richmond High Intern
This is my second year with Earth Team and it was been a great experience. I got to meet new people and plant a lot of trees. I get to go to events to help our community and have hands on experience to plant a tree. We get to learn a lot about climate change and ways to improve it. I get excited when I talk about the events we have done and share how fun it is to be part of earth team. Even though it may be fun to be part of Earth Team, you have to dedicate your time to it. I’m committed to earth Team and glad to be learning more about our environment. We learned about getting to know how old the tree is to learning how climate climate change is affecting everything. With temperatures rising, sea level rising, ocean acidification, ice caps are melting and etc. Earth Team gave me a chance to be out of my home and actually learn something.
-Mariana Mendez, Richmond High Intern
As the Richmond High Campus Coordinator, I have seen all our interns tackle challenges head on and quickly learn and grow while having fun at the same time. I am proud and happy to be working with them and we look forward to an excellent 2018!