Meet Isabel!

Isabel McNeillis
Isabel McNeillis

Isabel McNeillis, University College of London (UCL)
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: London, UK

Meet Isabel McNeillis! Linguistic Horizons is pleased to welcome Isabel into our summer 2018 Internship in Peru and Nutrition & Natural Medicine in Peru programs! Isabel is looking forward to improve her Spanish and learn about the Peruvian culture during her time with us.  She has formerly visited Costa Rica to conduct conservation work and India as a volunteer. Isabel loves learning about new cultures, science and making a positive impact on the world.

What are your future career goals?
I am thinking of incorporating helping people in different parts of the world (and animals too – I love animals a lot) with science; more specifically about nutrition. There’s lots of research going on that I have taken a keen interest to, and I would like to be part of that journey to making things better. If all fails, finance/pharmaceuticals while incorporating as much volunteering and charity work into my life as I can.
What are some of the places/things on your bucket list?
I have lots on my bucket list; but to name a few, I would like to travel South America, around Asia, and go around Iceland and hitchhike through Europe. I would also like to skydive, do a Masters and learn lots of languages, especially improving my Japanese.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Honestly, I am proud of how far I have come despite setbacks, I am proud I have taught myself resilience and self sufficiency all by myself while juggling lots on my plate. That and helping conserve animals in Costa Rica (turtles and butterflies mainly).
What motivated you to choose Peru?
Since I visited Costa Rica (while working there), I discovered how beautiful the other side of the world is. It is nothing like Europe so I was keen to travel to Central and South America more. I looked into the different countries around the area and Peru has some beautiful history.
What is your favorite quote?
“The right thing isn’t always the easiest thing to do.”