“Not something we do every day and very gratifying!”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Nancy Goodman
Age: 46
Hometown: Lakewood, Colorado
Nationality: United States
University: University of Michigan
Degree: Masters in Social Work
Occupation: Psychotherapist
Languages spoken: English and Spanish (beginner)
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer abroad: Forest conservation and sustainable farming in Galapagos, Ecuador
Duration: 1 week
Start month: November 2016
Claim to fame: Nancy is a social worker and a mother so her career and her personal life are about understanding other people and what they may need or want at any given time and working with that. Thank you!

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
Because we wanted to go somewhere to be of service that wasn’t the typical “voluntourism” where they cater to the volunteers rather than the other way around. And I’ve always wanted to go to the Galapagos but not in a way that was more damaging to the islands. So this felt like the perfect fit for our family.

What did you find most rewarding from you volunteer experience?
The work we did there, though funnily enough, wasn’t as intense as we’d anticipated. But the satisfaction of being a part of the solution was the best part. Our favorite type of work was chopping mora with machetes. Not something we do every day and very gratifying!

What three pieces of advice would you give to a future UBELONG Volunteer?
Go with an open mind and a lot of willingness to do whatever they suggest or ask to get the most enjoyment out of the experience. Bring everything that is suggested even though you may not need it. Spend time on either end of the volunteer time visiting other parts of the country while you’re there.

Related post:
Meet Pieter Fabry, a Imperial College London undergrad, who volunteered with UBELONG, at the conservation projects, in the Amazon, Ecuador.