Name: Amber Case
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (beginner)
Occupation: Clinical Research Nurse at Duke University
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Forest Conservation and Sustainable Farming in Galapagos, Ecuador
Duration: 1 week
Start month: July 2015
Claim to fame: Works full-time and is also a full-time student.
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I decided to become a UBELONG volunteer because I wanted to get experience working in the forest conservation field. I’ve been a nurse for over 10 years but my passion lies with nature and I’m considering a career change. I’ve also always dreamed of going to the Galapagos Islands. When I saw a forest conservation project there through UBELONG, it was a match made in heaven.
What was your impact on your volunteer project?
I spent time working around the reserve to remove some of the invasive plants that are a problem on the island. This mostly involved chopping down mora (blackberries). I also spent time in the nursery, helping to grow the plants that were native to the island and should be there.
What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memory has to be snorkeling in Darwin’s Bay. A few of the volunteers and I rented snorkels and walked down there from town. The bay was beautiful, with lots of sea lions sun bathing. I swam around the bay, through schools of fish. The highlight was swimming through the clear water right next to two large sea turtles. It was a magical experience that I’ll never forget.
In a sentence or less, what was your funniest moment?
Watching the other volunteers prank each other was hilarious.