“I improved my personality and got another view on the whole world.”


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Name: Philipp Schreiber
Age: 24
Hometown: Hamburg
Nationality: Germany
Languages spoken: German, English (advanced), French (beginner) and Russian (beginner)
University: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg
Degree: Human Resource Management
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Caring for Disabled Children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 6 weeks
Start month: August 2015
Claim to fame: Philipp is an officer at the German Federal Forces.

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I decided to become a UBELONG volunteer because it’s a great opportunity to help somewhere abroad where the social situation is worse than in our western countries. I think most of us want to change the world getting better and that was the chance to realize it. And volunteering is also a perspective to improve your own personality.

What were your major challenges?
Challenges…okay I think the most challenging thing was that we worked and lived in a totally different world…in Cambodia. It was definitely not like Europe or America. The people were another challenge. We had to learn how they work and how they plan their days, so we had to get along with that.

What did you take from the experience?
I definitely improved my personality and got another view on the whole world. It was amazing to live and work with Cambodians and people from all over the world. That’s why I experienced a totally different way to live your life. All in all, it was an invaluable experience.

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