UBELONG Volunteers at the caregiving project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“It is really a life changing and humbling experience.”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Wynand Smit
Age: 26
Hometown: Enid, Mississippi
Nationality: South Africa
Languages spoken: Afrikaans, English (fluent)
Occupation: Equipment Operator at Flautt Farms
Volunteer Abroad: Caring for Children From Poor Backgrounds in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Duration: 1 week
Start month: December 2018

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
UBELONG’s volunteer program fitted the idea of what I wanted to go and do. I read some reviews and everyone that’s been on the program had great feedback and definitely recommended it.

What did you take from the experience?
It is really a life changing and humbling experience. I just realized again how blessed I am with what I have. Those kids don’t have anything, still they’re full of joy every day. This trip made me realize that I want to spend more time serving and helping people.

What advice would you tell a future volunteer?
Don’t hesitate if you should do it or not, just do it. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Try to do and experience as much as you can. You won’t only be making a difference in someone else’s life, but also in your own.

In a sentence or less, how would you describe the locals you met?
They were welcoming and helpful.

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