Name: Carilyn Lueck
Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (intermediate)
University: University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Degree: International Studies/ Spanish
Past travel experience: Newbie
Volunteer Abroad: Caring for Disadvantaged Youth in Merida, Mexico
Duration: 1 week
Start month: March 2017
Claim to fame: Since middle school, Carilyn has taken and excelled in Spanish classes. Welcome to the UBELONG Family, Carilyn 🙂
Why did you become a UBELONG Volunteer?
During my junior year of high school, I had become very aware of the crime and poor political and economic conditions that affect the countries in Central America, specifically Mexico. What concerned me the most was how the children living in these areas are impacted by these surroundings and how this could negatively affect their development and future success. I knew that I wanted to volunteer my time to help such children. Through my research, I was able to find UBELONG. It was perfect because UBELONG offered a program that involved working with youth in Mexico which was the location that I felt passionate about helping in.
What is favorite memory?
It’s hard to choose a favorite memory, because I did and saw so many amazing things in Mexico. One of my favorite memories was spending time in the daycare. The workers were always friendly and willing to help us practice our Spanish skills. Ultimately, the best part was knowing that even though I was only in Mexico for a short time, I was able to help these children receive quality care, even though they may not come from the best situations.
What advice would you tell a future volunteer?
I would tell a future volunteer that if you feel passionate about volunteering, you should go do it. Many people warned me that my trip could be dangerous, but I never encountered any issues, and the UBELONG team always assured that everyone was safe.
In a sentence or less, how would you describe the locals you met?
The locals I met were extremely nice and friendly; I never did not feel welcome in Mexico.