“Open your eyes, you’ll see why you are important in your placement!”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Nina Kukota
Age: 27
Hometown: Hechingen, Germany
Nationality: Germany
Languages spoken: German, Russian (fluent), English (advanced)
University: Hfwu Nürtingen-Geislingen
Degree: Business Law
Past travel experience: Moderate
Volunteer Abroad: Caring for Disabled Children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 12 weeks
Start month: September 2015
Claim to fame: Worked as a caregiver in a nursing home, supporting people with disabilities and senior citizens. Wonderful work, Nina!

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I was searching for an organisation which offers volunteering abroad. I found a page where different organisations were offered. One of them was UBELONG. I got a match with what I wanted to do and what UBELONG offered.

What is your favorite memory?
I don’t have one special favourite memory. The time with the kids was great and every day was also great. To be honest, I need one or two weeks to get warm with my work. But I’m glad to spend my time on this project! I would definitely do it again! I really miss the kids!

What advice would you tell a future volunteer?
Some volunteers change the place where they work because they feel like they don’t do something important. Open your eyes, you’ll see why you are important in your placement!

In a sentence or less, best packing advice?
For Cambodia, enough bath and hygienic articles and mosquito repellent! They are very expensive there. Be aware, Cambodia is not as cheap as you may expect!

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