“I learned about myself and how much I enjoy the simple things in life.”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Susy Krisch
Age: 58
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Nationality: United States and Venezuela
Occupation: English Teacher at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
Languages spoken: Spanish, English (fluent), German (fluent)
Past travel experience: Moderate
Volunteer Abroad: Teaching English in Vang Vieng, Laos
Duration: 4 weeks
Start month: April 2016
Claim to fame: Susy has worked with at risk youth, as well as Spanish speaking immigrants in the United States. He has also worked in correctional and hospital nursing. We’re glad to have you in the UBELONG Community, Susy.

Why did you decide to be a UBELONG volunteer?
I reviewed several webpages that offered volunteer work in Southeast Asia. UBELONG had excellent reviews and it offered me the opportunity to work as a teacher in Laos and learn about organic gardening.

What were your major challenges?
Some of the classrooms did not have books so I had to be a little more creative in my teaching. However the teachers in the school were very supportive.

What did you take from the experience?
I learned the way Lao people lived, worked, and enjoyed life. Learned about the local organization’s community and their problems and successes. I also had the opportunity to see a bit of the country and it has beautiful places. I learned about myself and how much I enjoy simple things in life and built a wonderful bond with the other volunteers.

How would you describe local life?
Vang Vieng is a very peaceful place. You can ride your bike mostly everywhere, it has nice restaurants and excellent food. People are very friendly with foreigners. At night they eat outside sitting all together as a family.

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