Name: Samantha DSouza
University: Edith Cowan University
Languages spoken: English
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Care and Teach for Children from Poor Backgrounds in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 2 weeks
Start month: January 2015
Claim to fame: Is a qualified personal trainer!
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
Ever since I saw the adverts on TV as a child myself, showing children the same age as me with no drinking water I had been planning to volunteer. Finally a great opportunity came up with the right dates to volunteer and the right dates to take time from work, I booked my trip only a week in advance. I had been doing research for years on different volunteer programs but UBELONG seemed the most legitimate.
What was your impact on your volunteer project?
I think my impact was only minor as I could only stay for two weeks, it is such a short time when you are trying to build relationships with locals. Nevertheless I feel like I gave the children some general English knowledge and some happy vibes!!
What were your major challenges?
I think the main challenge was building trusting relationships to gain the respect from the children. Once you build this they become more open to different learnings.
In a sentence or less, what did you think about the food?
The food varied, sometimes it was amazing and I would go back for thirds, other days I had no idea what I was eating but it was never terrible.