“Give yourself time to adjust.”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Britt Foulds
Age: 22
Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut
Nationality: United States
University: Connecticut College
Degree: BA in Government
Languages spoken: English and Spanish (intermediate)
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 3 weeks
Start month: April 2017
Claim to fame: Britt has worked 20 hour weeks while taking a full course load of classes. She won’t shy away from hard work. Additionally, through her travel experiences and her interaction with people from a wide array of backgrounds Britt became very culturally sensitive. Furthermore, she enjoys learning and experiencing new cultures and therefore treat them with their share of respect. A born UBELONGer 🙂

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I didn’t get a chance to study abroad in college, so after graduation I wanted to do something that would let me experience another culture while being able to give back. I wanted a volunteer program that would have a considerable impact on the community and was not merely “voluntourism.” I also wanted a program that worked with local organizations. UBELONG provided both those things.


Britt, from Connecticut College, playing hangman with her class in Hanoi.

What did you find most rewarding from you volunteer experience?
I loved learning new things about different cultures; I not only learned about Vietnamese cultures, but also about the culture of the other volunteers who came from all over the world. I also made meaningful friendships that have continued even after I finished volunteering.

What three pieces of advice would you give to a future UBELONG Volunteer?

  1. Give yourself time to adjust. On the first couple of days I was overwhelmed and worried, but I quickly acclimated to the new experience.
  2. Take advantage of the weekends/ your days off and go exploring! There is so much to see, so don’t let any time go to waste!
  3. Get out of your comfort zone as much as possible- try food you wouldn’t normally eat or strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know.

In a sentence or less, what is your best packing advice?
Less is more. You probably need less clothes than you think. Only bring the essentials.

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