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Name: Marisa Tucci
Age: 24
Hometown: Oakland, New Jersey
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (beginner)
University: James Madison University
Bachelors: Communication Sciences/Special Education
Past travel experience: Moderate
Volunteer Abroad: Caring for children with disabilities in Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 week
Start month: April 2016
Claim to fame: A strong, passionate, and hardworking individual. Welcome to the UBELONG Family, Marisa!

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I became a UBELONG Volunteer because I wanted to have a unique travel experience. I knew that I wanted to see and experience a new place to the fullest. When I found UBELONG, I knew that this organization could give me that experience. I was able to understand the culture and the location in a way that no other “vacation” could have.

What were your major challenges?
The major challenges I found during this experience were getting past the cultural difference while working in the field. Being a teacher of students with special needs, it was difficult to adjust to the way this population was cared for in a different culture.

What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memories consisted of the time spent meeting fellow UBELONG members from around the world. The people I met were wonderful and I learned so much from each of them.

In a sentence or less, best advice for fitting in with the local culture?
The advice I have for fitting in with the local culture is to not be shy! There is no better way to learn than by jumping in and asking question.

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