“I was able to put all my theoretical knowledge into practice.”


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Name: Fabio Mosimann
Age: 26
Hometown: Thurgau, Switzerland
Nationality: Switzerland
University: University of St. Gallen
Masters: Marketing and Communication
Languages spoken: German, English (fluent), French (intermediate)
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Strengthening NGO Capacity in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 6 weeks
Start month: July 2017
Claim to fame: Fabio has already traveled to 12 countries and to over 25 cities! Welcome to the UBELONG Family 🙂

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
There were several reasons to become a volunteer. After graduating from university, I wanted to see something different. The best way to do this was volunteering. I wanted to go to a country that wasn’t fully developed to see what the main differences were compared to my country and where I could help the locals in running their businesses. As a business student, I was glad to work in an NGO because there I was able to put all my theoretical knowledge into practice. So on the one hand, it would be a unique experience for me, on the other hand I could support the people there.

What did you take from the experience?
Although you can’t change the whole world in 6 weeks, I think the locals at the NGO and I did some good work in improving the business for the future. Besides that, I now have a realistic picture of the Cambodians and their life situations through several conversations with people from the NGO. Then, also the constant contact with the other volunteers, who came from all around the world. I learnt a lot about their countries and their views of life. Sometimes we agreed, sometimes we strongly disagreed. These discussions were always very exciting and interesting. I also built some strong relationships and I’m still in contact with some of them.

Tell me about somebody you met who impressed you?
I think this was the manager at my NGO. Although the issues in Cambodia with corruption, and the censorship or the poverty aren’t really good, he’s very open minded and a positive thinking man. On the one hand, he really cared about all the children who lived at the NGO to provide a better future for them, and on the other hand he knew that to reach this goal the NGO needs to be independent from the donations to become self sustainable. I was impressed that he always kept the balance between caring for the children and beeing a businessman.

In a sentence or less, what did you think about the food?
I was positively surprised that the food wasn’t always spicy. The Cambodian food was amazing, I really liked it, everything was cooked with fresh herbs and spices.

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