UBELONG Volunteers during orientation city tour in Merida, Mexico.

“I learned a lot about myself as I prepare to enter the workforce.”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Caden Nixon
Age: 23
Hometown: Provo, Utah
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (fluent)
University: Brigham Young University
Volunteer Abroad: Public Health Education in Merida, Mexico
Duration: 6 weeks
Start month: June 2018

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
My interest in UBELONG started when my wife Abby was looking into approved public health internships so she could fulfill the requirement in her major at BYU (Brigham Young University). I was interested because it was in Mexico and I speak Spanish and have volunteered with Spanish speaking communities before. I am hoping to go into Healthcare Administration so I liked the idea of working in the hospital.

What did you take from the experience?
I learned a lot about myself as I prepare to enter the workforce. It is very important to be confident and quick to do what is asked of you and to look for other ways to put your skills to use.

Tell me about somebody you met who impressed you?
One of my favorite people I met was Mayra, a social worker in the hospital. She made a big deal about helping us have a good experience because it was our time that we volunteered, and we left our country to visit hers. I was impressed at her desire to help us even though we were trying to help her. She invited us into her home and we made great friends with her two young daughters and her mom.

In a sentence or less, what was your funniest moment?
One of the funniest things that happened to us was when we went to a dance club and realized how much better everyone there was than us at dancing, especially to Latin music.

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