Although it’s reaching close to 90 degrees here in Bronxville, in Guatemala, it’s a cool 73.
One Bronxville woman is heading there in August, not for vacation, but to support animal rights. Marion Considine, a French and Spanish teacher at Rye High School, will be volunteering on the IVHQ Guatemala Animal Care/Animal Rights volunteer program.
“I figured, hey it’s summer break, why not try to do some work with a shelter outside of Westchester,” said Considine. “I spent some time in Peru. There were so many dogs on the street competing for food. It was really upsetting, even scaring.”
“Marion will spend 2 weeks on the Guatemala Animal Care/Animal Rights program working alongside other volunteers from all over the world,” said Jamie-lee Reynolds, program coordinator at International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ). “IVHQ is an international volunteer organization working in 18 countries that sends over 4000 volunteers abroad annually.”
Reynolds added that Marion is hard at work raising funds to cover her program fees, airfares, travel insurance and vaccinations.
“The decision to volunteer abroad is not an easy one to make. Marion is making a big commitment by travelling abroad to volunteer and her work is much appreciated,” said Reynolds
Considine also takes time out to make bracelets that she sells for the benefit of the New Rochelle Humane Society.
“I try to do all I can to help out the [New Rochelle] Humane Society and spread the word about the importance of adoption,” said Considine. “They are wonderful, always grateful for any monetary donations or services and they make it really easy to volunteer in any way you can.”
For more information on Considine’s fundraising efforts or IVHQ, check out the following: