Name: Roberto Velazquez Ayala
Nationality: United States
University: City College Of San Francisco
Degree: Computer Networking
Occupation: Deployment Specialist
Languages spoken: Spanish, English (fluent) and Italian (beginner)
Past-travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Forest Conservation in the Amazon, Ecuador
Duration: 1 week
Start month: July 2015
Claim to fame: Roberto proved to be an exemplary UBELONG Volunteer. Even in his short week with us in the Amazon, his good vibes, kindness and talent made an impact on the entire team. Thank you Roberto, come back soon!
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
In the past, people have invested time in me in order to help me get to my current position. It’s now my time to give back to the community and see other people grow in the personal and professional aspect of life. This is my first volunteer activity abroad and won’t be the last one as I am really wanting to become more involved.
What is your favorite memory?
Being surrounded by beautiful people that received every volunteer with open arms and treated each single one of us as part of them. It made me realize that no matter the color, ethnic background, or language spoken, we all are one community and should help all together as one.
What did you take from the experience?
I took all the beautiful smiles I received in return from all the people we helped. In my opinion, volunteering is not about giving money. Volunteering is about getting hands on and experience what others have to go through on their daily lives and to become part of them for a few days. This is what makes volunteering beautiful. So that way we can really make an assessment of what people really need.
What advice would you tell a future volunteer?
Sharing a quote from our current president, Barack Obama: The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.