UBELONG Volunteers during the monks food ceremony in Luang Prabang, Laos.

“They showed me the importance of hard work and another insight into life.”

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Name: Hyunseo Lee
Age: 15
Hometown: Tianjin, China
Nationality: South Korea
Languages spoken: Korean, English (fluent), Chinese (advanced)
Volunteer Abroad: Light Painting and Renovation in Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: 2 weeks
Start month: January 2019

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
First of all, I decided to become a UBELONG Volunteer because I wanted to try going to another country, serve other people and experience their culture. I have volunteered for a project through our school once, and I have enjoyed serving for other people. However, this was in the same country I lived in, so I wanted to become a UBELONG Volunteer to go abroad and serve other people. I have looked forward to the atmosphere of the volunteer group since I imagined everyone to be willing to help other people.

What was your impact on your volunteer project?
Through this volunteer project, I was able to impact the lives of the students and the monks we served in this project. I taught the students how to pronounce and taught the definitions of various words we learned during class. I was surprised by how the students were so enthusiastic, and by how the students were all willing to learn English from us. Not one of the students ever got angry or showed frustration during classes. Every single student had a big smile and always asked questions to us either about English or about us. One student asked me to pronounce one word repeatedly so that she could pronounce the word correctly.

Not only did I impact other students in this volunteer project, but the students have also impacted my life. They showed me the importance of hard work and another insight into life. This volunteer project was truly the best experience I have experienced so far, and I will recommend it to people who love to teach, to serve, or to have fun with children.

What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memory was getting to interact with the Lao children during our play-time on the weekends. Our group got to go to a community center where all the children play games and dance together. We played a complicated couple game with them and learned the Lao dance that had difficult hand and feet motions. I remember that my friends and I had a hard time trying to do the hand motions with our feet while we are walking, and that we were amazed by the Lao children doing it so easily. The blazing sun, Lao children laughing, and the music, all made us laugh so much and made us have a great time. I will never forget this moment, and would love to go back to this moment. I didn’t know I could laugh so much and be so happy before. We also had a very close relationship with these children.

In a sentence or less, best packing advice?
Only pack the things you think you will really need, and don’t be worried about the things you think you will need. 🙂

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