Name: Joseph Feldman
Hometown: Scarsdale, New York
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (beginner)
University: Cornell University
Volunteer Abroad: Caring for Disadvantaged Youth in Cartago, Costa Rica
Duration: 2 weeks
Start month: December 2018
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I became a volunteer to make a small impact in others’ lives while getting to explore a different country. UBELONG seemed like a well-established, safe, and credible organization through which to volunteer.
What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memory is probably hearing the local organization employees’ gratitude on our last day. They told us that most volunteers shy away from the harder work, like soothing crying babies or spending hours painting tables and chairs, and that we truly helped to make their lives easier in caring for these young children. It was a super rewarding feeling.
What advice would you tell a future volunteer?
I’d recommend going in a group. Personally, I love being with people, especially when traveling, so our group made my experiences more enjoyable and comfortable. It also helps when members in your group speak better Spanish than you do.
In a sentence or less, best packing advice?
Check the forecast before you go – there were some days where it was cold enough to wear jeans, and others it was quite warm and most of us wore shorts.