UBELONG Volunteers at Plaza de Armas, in Cusco, Peru.

“I gained an appreciation for Peruvian culture.”

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UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Emily Fisher
Age: 21
Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (intermediate)
University: University of Michigan
Volunteer Abroad: Medical Assistance in Cusco, Peru
Duration: 6 weeks
Start month: June 2018

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
After much debate over which volunteer program to join, I decided to volunteer with UBELONG because the program offered both an exciting opportunity to work in a medical clinic as well as a financially accessible experience in a Spanish speaking country.

What did you take from the experience?
After 6 weeks of volunteering in the medical clinic, I realized the immense financial challenges that Peru faces and its effects in the medical sphere. However, I gained an appreciation for Peruvian culture and greatly improved my Spanish speaking skills.

Tell me about somebody you met who impressed you?
During my UBELONG experience, I met another volunteer named Simi, an 18-year-old from Germany who volunteered in Peru for 3 months. Not only did he speak fluent Spanish and English (in addition to German), but he quickly assimilated to Peruvian culture and befriended many locals. His kind-heart and dedication to his project shined brightly, and it was evident that he made a difference at the school where he volunteered. I was very grateful to meet this individual, who also acted as my mentor when I first arrived. I would have never known that he was only 18 years old!

In a sentence or less, what was your funniest moment?
I once forgot toilet paper when at the gym… things got messy.

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