“We brought joy to the children and adults in the school just by being around them.”


In addition to offering volunteer trips, UBELONG can work with you to customize trips with a social mission. If you’re interested in creating a trip like the one presented below, contact us and let’s talk!

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Name: Vincentius Widiantoro
Age: 17
Hometown: Singapore, Singapore
Nationality: Indonesia
Languages spoken: Bahana Indonesia and English (fluent)
School: St. Joseph Institution International
Past travel experience: Moderate
Volunteer Abroad: Light Painting and Renovation in Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 1 week
Start month: October 2015
Claim to fame: Vincentius has lived outside his home country for 6 years.

Why decide to become a UBELONG volunteer?
We were doing ‘challenge week’, a requirement by the iB diploma where we have to go out of our country (in this case, Singapore) to do community service. I found UBELONG through the internet and I felt that the program that UBELONG offers are comprehensive in a sense that transport, accommodation cost are covered in one payment. It makes things easier for my group.

What was your impact on your volunteer project?
My group went to a school for the mentally disabled and we repainted the wall of the compound to a bright minty blue colour as well as making a mural for the school. Besides making the place look better, I felt that we also have brought a bit of joy to the children and adults in the school just by being around them; giving them a change of scenery.

What is your favorite memory?
There was so much fond memories that I received from Hanoi and the volunteer work; paint mixing, eating street food, wall painting, doing lacquer works, mural drawing, museum visits, cultural night, going to a tea house for a group reflections. There is just so much memory that I am fond of that I felt it is unfair if I have to choose one. Honestly, the whole week in Hanoi would be my favorite memory.

But if I must, I love cultural night where we have to cook traditional dishes and going to a leather workshop to create leather.

What’s my funniest moment in a sentence?
Watching people in the volunteer house trying to soft boil eggs with soya sauce.

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