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

UBELONG

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!

UBELONG Snapshot
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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