Name: Camille Ince
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (beginner)
University: Morgan State University
Volunteer Abroad: Caring for Disadvantaged Youth in Cartago, Costa Rica
Duration: 2 weeks
Start month: June 2018
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I became a UBELONG Volunteer to help make a difference in a way may people do not think to approach it. In that I mean, I wanted to help those who were in a different country than my own, who don’t have access to what I have, nor own what I own.
What was your impact on your volunteer project?
In the two weeks I stayed in Costa Rica, I really enjoyed the friendships I made. Everyday, from 8am to 3 pm my group and myself assisted many of the instructors with their lessons, whether it be a cooking class or simply making up activities that incorporated both sports and intellectual skill games. Many of the students were shy to play; however, we would encourage them to play. In the end, many of the students enjoyed our games and were always eager to play them everyday.
What were your major challenges?
Probably more so the language barrier. However, over the course of my time being there, the students taught me how to say specific words. For example, I had trouble saying a word in Spanish while giving directions, and the students were willing to stop what they were doing to teach me how to say the word.
In a sentence or less, how would you describe local life?
Costa Rica is a friendly country where everyone is so pleasant and easygoing. They are always warm, welcoming and living their lives to the fullest.