“Remain humble at your volunteer placement.”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Rebecca Twombly
Age: 26
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (intermediate), French (beginner)
University: Colorado College
Bachelors: Neuroscience
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Medical Assistance in Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 weeks
Start month: May 2016
Claim to fame: Rebecca’s top strengths, as determined by the “Strengthsfinder” program, are “developer” and “empathy”, which are necessary when providing the best volunteer care possible. UBELONGers are the best, thanks for your service, Rebecca!

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I became a UBELONG volunteer at a point in my life when I was between jobs, and looking for a purpose in my life. Global medicine has always been an interest of mine. In my life, I believe my purpose is to help others, and UBELONG provided a way for me to achieve my purpose.

What is your favorite memory?
I have so many favorite memories it is hard to choose one. At the job, it was seeing a patient who had a very serious condition the week prior, and talking to him about how well he was doing. He thanked me for helping him during his medical crisis, and it was so nice to know I played a role in his recovery.

What advice would you tell a future volunteer?
I would tell a future volunteer to remain humble at your volunteer placement. Be kind and respectful when asking for tasks and volunteering.

In a sentence or less, best advice for fitting in with the local culture?
To fit in with the local culture, understand that cultural differences arise from different needs and abilities (in infrastructure, finances etc.).

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