Name: Augusta Ahlm
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (beginner)
University: Colorado State University
Masters: Agriculture Education
Past travel experience: Moderate
Volunteer Abroad: Forest Conservation in Merida, Mexico
Duration: 6 weeks
Start month: May 2015
Claim to fame: Previously spent two weeks in Mexico studying jaguars, and fell in love with the country then.
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I chose UBELONG because I was looking to do service work in Central America and I had heard really great reviews from friends and my University.
What were your major challenges?
I feel the biggest challenge for me was living with other volunteers. I loved my work, the culture and the locals. I actually really loved the other volunteers. However, never having time to yourself for 6 weeks can be exhausting.
What did you take from the experience?
I learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of. Traveling through Mexico on my own, navigating my way through the city, speaking with people in a language I barely know, and using own knowledge and education to bring improvements for my project. I wasn’t confident I was capable of so many things until I was put in the position and I succeeded.
In a sentence or less, how would you describe the locals you met?
The people I met in Mexico are some of the kindest, hardest working, most loving and welcoming people I have ever met.