“No matter where you are, people are the same with their needs, and hopes, and dreams.”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Rosemary Alcantara
Age: 57
Hometown: New Jersey
Nationality: United States
Occupation: Retired Administrative Coordinator at the New York Academy of Medicine
Languages spoken: English and Spanish (beginner)
Past travel experience: Moderate
Volunteer Abroad: Teaching English in Cartago, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 weeks
Start month: March 2015
Claim to fame: Recently resigned to take a year off a volunteers overseas.

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I decided to become a UBELONG Volunteer after much research. Once I saw the affordable costs and the great reviews it was easy to make my decision to volunteer in Costa Rica. UBELONG met my expectations and more!

What did you take away from the experience?
My experience in CR will stay with me for a lifetime. I have made many new friends and received so much love. I went with the intention of giving myself, but I received much more than I gave to the wonderful people I interacted with on a daily basis. The biggest lesson I learned is that no matter where in the world, people are basically the same with their needs, hopes, and dreams.

What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memories are the evening chats with my host family. These were quite funny at times with my limited Spanish and their very limited English. The children I worked with provided me with more hugs and kisses than my heart can hold.

What do you think about the food?
The food was very good, especially the asado (rice, beans, steak, etc.) and there are so many fruits and fresh juices to enjoy. One take away for me is the way everyone eats their meals so mindfully, taking care to mention how very good “muy rico” everything on their plates taste.

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