Name: Britt Foulds
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.
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?
- Give yourself time to adjust. On the first couple of days I was overwhelmed and worried, but I quickly acclimated to the new experience.
- 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!
- 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.