What Lies Ahead


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

These are simple words, but as I am coming to the end of my second year at the University of California, Santa Cruz, it has come to encompass much of what I have learned and believe.

I first learned of this project in one of my Environmental Studies classes and became immediately hooked. The Maldives is a commonly discussed topic in the environmental field for both its unique marine ecosystem and its precarious, low-lying elevation. I could have only dreamed of such an opportunity to travel to the Maldives and put my education and my beliefs to real work. I am very much looking forward to learning more about the people and the culture of the Maldives. I hope to learn more about the Dengue epidemic and working with the local communities towards a healthier, disease free environment. I am also an avid soccer player, and I have heard that the sport is all the rave in the Maldives, so that is a prospect for the trip as well!

I simply cannot wait to get started, and I have nothing but positive thoughts and anticipation for what lies ahead!


Lorakees at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Lorakees at the Aquarium of the Pacific

About Trudy Rilling-Collins

Trudy Rilling-Collins, better known as “The Mosquito Lady”, is the founder of Mosquito Lady Consulting, dedicated to replacing chemical pesticides with environmentally responsible solutions.