UBELONG Volunteers working on San Cristobal Island.

“I wanted to explore the Galapagos in a special way, not as a typical tourist.”


UBELONG Snapshot
Name: Cara Corwin
Age: 44
Hometown: Royal Oak, Michigan
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (beginner), German (beginner)
Occupation: Vice President at Epsilon
Volunteer Abroad: Forest Conservation and Sustainable Farming in Galapagos, Ecuador
Duration: 1 week
Start month: October 2018

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I wanted to explore the Galapagos in a special way, not as a typical tourist. I knew I would be traveling alone so a volunteer opportunity seemed like a great way to be around other, like minded people as well as experience the location in a much different way than others typically do.

What impact did you make on your volunteer project?
Because I was there during the non-tree planting season, I was able to help maintain the property and plant medicinal plants for a local clinic using non-invasive species.

How did you grow personally during your volunteer trip?
I had to stretch out of my comfort zone in language and amenities. The location is pretty rustic and I was scared at first but I adapted quickly and had a great experience.

In a sentence or less, how would you sum up your volunteer experience?
Absolutely my first choice in how to travel and experience a new country from now on.

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