Name: Robyn Howzell
Hometown: Las Cruces
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (intermediate)
Occupation: Engagement Advisor at New Mexico State University
Past travel experience: Moderate
Volunteer Abroad: Supporting Efforts to Stop Child Labor in Accra, Ghana
Duration: 4 weeks
Start month: May 2015
Claim to fame: Has lived in Germany and studied Spanish in Costa Rica and Spain. UBELONG is excited to have you on board!
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I wanted to become a UBELONG volunteer, because of the wonderful things I heard about the program from a coworker here at New Mexico State University.
What were your major challenges?
There weren’t any personal challenges. I prayed a lot that my visa would make it on time before my departure. It was my first time applying for a visa, and I heard horror stories from friends and read stories online.
What is your favorite memory?
I have so many favorite memories of Ghana, Africa. My number one favorite is the love and joy the children showed me every time I visit the school to teach creative arts. The interest they showed, the excitement, the designs of their book covers, and the stories they wrote were fantastic. However, my visit to the Cape Coast Slave Castle is one I’ll never forget.
In a sentence or less, what was your funniest moment?
My favorite moment was being greeted by the children in Senya, Beraku, and being hugged down into the ground, so much love. My funniest moment was the faces my students made after eating a whole grain energy bar.