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Student gives his summer to service in Costa Rica

College of Idaho student David Seppi will spend the bulk of his summer break performing a service project for needy families in Costa Rica. Seppi, a junior from Twin Falls, will live abroad from June 3 to Aug. 15, renovating and building child-care facilities in conjunction with the International Volunteer HQ program, an independent volunteer organization based in New Zealand that sends thousands of individuals to service areas around the world. Seppi will live with a host family and receive daily Spanish lessons as well as an opportunity to help out at a wildlife turtle conservation center during his last week in Costa Rica.

“I didn’t have plans for the summer,” Seppi said. “So I thought about planning a service trip. Two days later, I was signed up – with no real idea of what I was getting into.”

Seppi, a mathematics-physics major with aspirations of becoming an engineer, has a big heart when it comes to service. He has served in many volunteer capacities over the years, including a recent C of I Campus Ministries service trip to south Texas (pictured) that Seppi called one of the best experiences of his life. Seppi said his desire to serve stems from that trip as well as the overall culture at the C of I, which has allowed him to branch out and explore many fields of life.

“I really enjoy helping people out,” Seppi said. “Whenever I have the opportunity to do something like this, I pursue it.”

For more information about Seppi’s project, email him at [email protected] or visit the IVHQ website at

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