Name: Michele Raggio
Hometown: Rome, Italy
University: Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Degree: Masters in Chemistry
Occupation: Phd Student In Materials Science
Languages spoken: Italian, English (advanced), and Spanish (beginner)
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Elementary School Teaching in Accra, Ghana
Duration: 3 weeks
Start month: July 2016
Claim to fame: Michele is a second time UBELONGer! Back in 2015, he volunteered in the Galapagos, Ecuador and was actively working with his UBELONG Mentor on the UBELONG preparation materials. Thank you again, Michele!
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I was a UBELONG volunteer for the first time in 2014 in the Galapagos Islands. At that time I was looking for a volunteering organization which was well-organized, reliable and affordable. Looking up online I found the UBELONG website; it looked very nice and there were many positive reviews by past volunteers, so I decided to apply for the project. The following volunteering experience was great and after that, it was obvious to me that I would choose UBELONG again as long as it had a suitable project in the place I wanted to go to. That happened last summer, when I decided to volunteer in Ghana and I chose UBELONG to do it.
What did you find most rewarding from you volunteer experience?
In Ghana I was involved in a teaching project. I did many science experiments at school and I also taught the teachers about how to do them. I think the students enjoyed my lessons. More than one month after that I left I received a text from the science teacher thanking me again and saying that they were still doing science experiments at school with all the things I had left them. I learned a lot from Ghanaian people and I’m glad to know that I could actually help them.
What three pieces of advice would you give to a future UBELONG Volunteer?
- Expect the unexpected, volunteering locations are usually very different from what we’re used to, and so are the local people. You’ll be often pleasantly surprised, but sometimes also slightly disappointed.
- Respect what and who is around you, you’re a visitor. What may feel different or weird to you is actually normal to local people.
- Be ready to have a lot of fun and meet many new people!