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“It helped me to grow and develop my communication skills.”

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Name: Lita Talisman
Age: 23
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (advanced)
Occupation: Strategy Analyst at Accenture
Past travel experience: Avid
Volunteer Abroad: Teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 8 weeks
Start month: February 2017
Claim to fame: In college, Lita was a leader in an organization called Peer Health Education. As part of this organization, she traveled to high schools around the inner-city of Chicago, Illinois to teach health education and also trained other volunteers to do the same. Great to have you on board, Lita!

Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I decided to become a UBELONG volunteer because I wanted to give back and experience a new culture. I read great reviews of UBELONG and the experiences they offered. I wanted to become fully immersed in the culture and I thought that UBELONG would allow me to do that.

What was your impact on your volunteer project?
I taught secondary school children English for two months. I think that I was able to make an impact by helping them learn new vocabulary and practice their pronunciation with a fluent English speaker. I also think that I was able to make deep connections with the students at the school. I hope that they remember my time there.

What were your major challenges?
I think the major challenges were in the classroom with students that were not adept at English. I did not speak any Vietnamese so there was somewhat of a communication barrier. I had to learn how to communicate through improvisation and to get across messages in other ways. I think that this challenge actually helped me to grow and develop my communication skills.

In a sentence or less, what was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment was when I got to play tug of war with the children at school.

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