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“Through UBELONG I got the chance to have a life-changing experience.”

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Name: Giovanni Giordana
Age: 20
Hometown: Rome
Nationality: Italy
University: Goldsmiths, University Of London
Degree: Politics
Languages spoken: Italian, English (native), Spanish (intermediate)
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Supporting Efforts to Stop Child Labor in Accra, Ghana
Duration: 4 weeks
Start month: July 2014
Claim to fame: Was Class Representative for five years during high school. Glad to have you, Giovanni!

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I have always been devoured by the desire to travel around the world and to get to know as many different cultures as possible and UBELONG gave me this amazing opportunity. In the first place, while I was still planning my experience, I realised that I could really reflect myself into UBELONG’s project. I had the feeling, which was later on confirmed, that through UBELONG I would get the chance to have a life-changing experience.

What is your favorite memory?
To be honest, I think is very hard to pick one memory that prevails over the others. Effectively, throughout the whole month I spent in Ghana, I was lucky enough to experience something amazing every single day. However, if I’d have to pick, I would say that the relationships that flourished with the people and even more, with the kids that we had the chance to meet, while we were working in the rural communities, is probably among the most beautiful memories, not only of my experience in Ghana but of my whole life.

What did you take from the experience?
When I firstly arrived in Ghana I was immediately told that volunteering is disillusionment. I have to say that this is absolutely true. You work hard and most of the time you don’t get the chance to see the results of your work. However, even if this can be extremely frustrating, if you stop for a second and reflect on what you are doing as a volunteer, you realise that, even as a tiny drop in an ocean, you are making a huge impact. That is to say, after my experience in Ghana I think I have gained, on top of all the fantastic memories and the working experience, a sense of self-awareness that will help me to give a better contribution to our World.

In a sentence or less, what did you think about the food?
Going around and buying food in the markets was one of the most beautiful and fun experiences I had in Ghana.

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