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  • Name: Urszula Zygler
  • Nationality: Poland
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: November 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I am very happy that I chose UBELONG as a sending organization for my project in Hanoi. Two initial reasons to apply to UBELONG were the quality of information presenting every location in a very detailed way as well as reasonable prices of available projects. Moreover, UBELONG provided me with professional materials that made my first days on the spot less stressful.

During my whole experience I was guided and had great support from my Mentor that was always ready to answer my questions. I would also like to underline the importance of safety of all volunteers that is a UBELONG priority.

Read Urszula’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Pauline Huber
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: September 2018
  • Duration: 8 weeks

The experiences I gained during my stay are just overwhelming, I can not really describe them in words. A big thank you to the UBELONG Organisation which made all of this possible! Everything went smoothly from the start to the end and I could not have imagined a better stay in Hanoi!

Read Pauline’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Joana Encarnacao
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 5 weeks

Amazing!

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  • Name: Celeste Wetchoko
  • Nationality: France
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: August 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG allowed me to live something incredible and to meet amazing people. My trip to Vietnam made me share unforgettable and priceless moments. It allowed me to discover a new aspect of myself and to be a lot more open minded. Now I just want to volunteer again and again as much as I can to spread love, to share, to learn, to discover cultures, to meet new people.

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  • Name: Larissa Oliveira
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 8 weeks

UBELONG was so instrumental in my volunteer experience. They really make the process so much smoother and easier and give you peace of mind about going abroad to a foreign and unfamiliar country. I was able to ask any questions I had leading up to my departure (which were a lot) and because I was going through a credited organization, I felt safe. I didn’t feel like they would drop me off in the middle of nowhere. They are organized and efficient and make you feel comfortable, and I’m sure this stays true in whichever country you decide to go to.

Read Larissa’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Hugo Herrera
  • Nationality: France and Spain
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG has been simple from day 1, the booklet was easy and handy when one can be a bit lost wondering what to expect and how to prepare for such a thing. Moreover, the UBELONG Mentor helping you step by step made the entire process smooth and easy to handle!

Read Hugo’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Megan Lee
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 8 weeks

UBELONG makes the volunteering abroad process as predictable as you can make an abroad experience. You are well taken care of.

Read Megan’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Camille Laffond
  • Nationality: France
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: January 2018
  • Duration: 24 weeks

I wanna say thank you to UBELONG. I was quite afraid at the beginning, I didn’t know how everything would be scheduled but finally I was picked up at the airport and after everything was alright like UBELONG said to me during our email exchanges. My mentor was Barbara and she was available anytime I needed it and she replied to all my questions until the end. You are not alone in the adventure and that’s really reassuring for the first week! So you can trust UBELONG one hundred percent and submit for a project. Thank you again for this beautiful human experience!

Read Camille’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Niamh Haran
  • Nationality: UK
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG was the best decision I made as part of my gap year. I had an unbelievable experience in Hanoi, Vietnam, which was definitely enhanced by strong communication with my mentor abroad and with those I lived with. Through volunteering, and meeting other foreign volunteers, I feel my self-confidence is now a lot stronger and I feel much more perceptive as an individual. Volunteering with UBELONG was also unbelievably exciting and left me not wanting to leave. However, after completing this experience I now know that I will return and also keep in contact with many other amazing volunteers I have met. I can now see the importance of volunteering abroad, especially a project that feels important to you and others (such as teaching English) as it has made me realise the small impacts individuals can make.

Read Niamh’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Michael Tobey
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Start date: February 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

As I searched for a organization to use for my first venture into international volunteering I chose UBELONG for a variety of reasons. The countries and project were in desired locations and offered opportunities I felt I could contribute to. The application process was very straightforward and went smoothly. The cost was also in line with my expectations​. My positive experiences during my Teaching Project in Vietnam showed that my impressions of the UBELONG volunteer structure were correct and that I made the right choice.

Read Michael’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

  • Name: Abi Seewald
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

A great safe organization to travel, work and communicate with. Their structure is very streamlined and easy for volunteers to feel ready and open for their international experience. I would recommend UBELONG to anyone who was interested in going on a trip abroad who wish to gain an invaluable experience and meet other volunteers with the same disposition.

Read Abi’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Halle Hendrickson
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 16 weeks

Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience with UBELONG. I was drawn to UBELONG due to their dedication to responsible volunteering, their transparency, their thoroughness, and the cost of their fees. My mentor, Barbara, was friendly, helpful, and supportive. I would definitely recommend UBELONG to a friend, and I hope to volunteer with them again!

Read Halle’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Aymeric Petit
  • Nationality: France
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: April 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is a great opportunity in order to meet a lot of entertaining people from all around the world. Without caring too much about accommodations which are perfect, you can make an impact in your project and learn a new culture. It’s an experience I would recommend to grow more human and to keep strong bonds!

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  • Name: Dzanh Le-si
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 12 weeks

Taking a break from a career in IT consulting, I knew I wanted to volunteer at a non-profit or NGO, but was unsure about doing it internationally. After researching different organizations, I came across UBELONG. The information they provided, the projects they offered, and reviews from past volunteers made me feel very comfortable in deciding to volunteer in Vietnam. Now having finished my three month project and having time to reflect, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience that opened me to a new culture, broadened my horizons, and left me with an experience I’ll never forget. The staff, organization, and support at UBELONG made this possible, I would recommend UBELONG to anyone!

Read Dzanh’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Ashlee Smale
  • Nationality: Australia
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

I would recommend UBELONG to anyone. This was one of the most humbling and positive experiences of my life. Thank you UBELONG for creating such amazing work.

Read Ashlee’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

  • Name: Shellee Peck
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is a fantastic organization and I highly recommend volunteering with them! As a 53 year old mother and grandmother I was not the “typical” volunteer, but that was absolutely not an issue. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at my project site and my experience in the Volunteer House. Sharing a room with 5 young women from other countries was enjoyable and life enhancing. UBELONG did a fantastic job preparing me for my volunteer experience and I am planning to volunteer with UBELONG again, next time with my 20 year old daughter. Absolutely choose UBELONG for your volunteer experience, you will not regret your choice!

Read Shellee’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Britt Foulds
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: July 2017
  • Duration: 3 weeks

The UBELONG team was incredibly helpful every step of the journey. My experience was invaluable and extremely rewarding. I fully recommend it! My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer!

Read Britt’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Lakshmi Guduguntla
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: July 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG allowed me to access a whole new world of experience and learning. I had the greatest time. I would strongly recommend everyone who can to go on a UBELONG approved volunteer trip.

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  • Name: Trent Navran
  • Nationality: USA
  • Start date: May 2017
  • Duration: 9 days

What was interesting for me to think about and encounter on a daily basis was a combination of extreme suffering, but also a deep sense of resilience. So many of the families we met were affected by Agent Orange. Unfortunately the ailments that are transmitted by Agent Orange are passed down from generation to generation, so some of the veterans we were interviewing had grand children being born with birth effects. That was really tragic for myself and so many team members, but at the same time we encountered a deep sense of forgiveness, a deep sense of optimism and a really inspiring sense of looking into the future and having a positive outlook.

 

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  • Name: John Desanto
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: February 2015
  • Duration: 9 days

I have been a newspaper photographer for 30 years and I thought I have seen it all, but I hadn’t until I got here. It really opened my eyes. As a professional photographer you can get very shaded and think you know everything. This was great for me personally and professionally, because I know that’s not true.

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  • Name: Jacky Plaza
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: February 2015
  • Duration: 9 days

I was much more focused on the story telling side, because I love to write. I really focused on connecting with the individuals we were interviewing and I felt very strongly that I wanted to get factual information out of them, because their story is so important to tell as part of the mission. And the photo can look as beautiful as possible, but without the story to complement the photo you don’t get the full picture of the tragedy and the love and the hardship that these veterans and their wives and their kids have gone through.

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  • Name: Nathan Phan
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 8 weeks

UBELONG did a great job in making my experience in Vietnam rewarding and manageable. I am so grateful for them, and perhaps in the future, I would like to work with them again!

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  • Name: Maciej Pisarski
  • Nationality: Poland
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: May 2017
  • Duration: 6 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG was a great experience which allowed me to help others in the most convenient and affordable way. The application process was straight forward and for some of the projects, one did not have to have any prior experience. Once you get accepted by UBELONG, you are assigned a mentor who will guide you through the duration of your volunteering experience. The mentors, regardless of who, are great and supportive all the way. If you have any concerns during or before your trip, your mentor will be there to support you and having that assurance is invaluable especially when traveling to a foreign country far from home. The local projects are well organized and the local team was very friendly. I really felt that I was constantly contributing when on the project. Overall, getting involved with UBELONG was a great decision and one you will not regret!

Read Maciej’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Akali Barnes
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: March 2017
  • Duration: 12 weeks

I don’t know what to say, the experience I’ve had in Hanoi was unforgettable. I want to thank UBELONG for giving me that opportunity. At first I was anxious about leaving home but in the end, I considered Hanoi home. My only regret is not having stayed longer than 3 months. I have referred UBELONG to my friends who also want to volunteer overseas, but are scared to. I am glad I went! Thank you so much UBELONG!

Read Akali’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Rhoda Lynch
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 8 weeks

Compared to a lot of other Volunteer programs, I believe that UBELONG is really the way to go. It’s an affordable program and the support system they give you throughout your placement is really phenomenal.

Read Rhoda’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Melissa Dauby
  • Nationality: France
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: September 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is an affordable organization that get you in touch with local organization. UBELONG is really helpful during the trip itself too, they support you from the beginning to the end of your volunteering experience and are always here to give you advices.

Read Melissa’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: George Hu
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG is a fantastic way to connect with communities abroad, not just the local community through volunteer projects but also a community of international volunteers with like-minded interests in global development! I had a fantastic time with UBELONG in Hanoi, Vietnam, and I hope to be back for my third trip with the organization soon!

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  • Name: Lita Talisman
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I had a great experience volunteering with UBELONG. The volunteer project, the housing, and the local staff were all superb. I felt that I was immersed in the Vietnamese culture and that I had an enriching experience teaching children in the school. I will not forget my time abroad and I hope to volunteer with UBELONG again in the future.

Read Lita’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Anouk Van Beusekom
  • Nationality: Netherlands
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I have chosen UBELONG because of their vision and the variety of projects they are offering in local communities. The website was very informative, very quick communication with my mentor Barbara (as well before I have been in Vietnam as when I was actually there) and clear instructions on what to expect in the country, from the volunteer house and arrival details. This has contributed to a great experience!

Read Anouk’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Padraic McGrath
  • Nationality: Ireland
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is an excellent organisation that allows you to have the freedom to experience your own path in life. They offer a great network of support and help any time you need. It was a privilege to share their goal and be part of their vision to help communities around the world in any way possible.

Read Padraic’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Marta Cardoso
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is great option to do international volunteer, it offers affordable programs and a great variety of options on the programs. You also receive customize support because they attribute you a mentor, for me that was the most important thing because the mentor is available to give you all the answers that we need and also special advice that will help. Additionally, we also receive a booklet that has all the type of advice and tips. In my opinion UBELONG works very well and specially they are available all the time to give you all the support that you need. I encourage everyone to volunteer with UBELONG they will help in everything that you need.

Read Marta’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Bay Tipping
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

For me personally, the UBELONG experience has definitely been more than just volunteering, but has been about keeping an open-mind and adapting to a new culture with fellow volunteers from around the world. Participating with UBELONG has made global volunteering attainable for young students like myself to get to know the value, importance and significance of working with peers to support a group, community or in my case a couple classrooms. Volunteering in Vietnam has taught me how much students value education, especially that in English in order to continue their already successful careers. After being in Vietnam I can definitely say I have never seen such respectable and enthusiastic students willing to learn, practice and work for their goals. It allowed me to teach and befriend young students, my Vietnamese peers and even those students older than I am. The support UBELONG has provided throughout the two months has been immense all the way from the preparation and mentoring to the local supporters and the people in the volunteer house, to the post-volunteering check-in. The whole experience is smooth-sailing and not to mention the culture, food, people were amazing. Vietnam was such a great experience much more than I would ever expect. I would definitely recommend UBELONG to everyone as the experience is unsurpassable.

Read Bay’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Erika Ward
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

The UBELONG staff was wonderful in making planning for my trip as smooth as possible. It was my first time out of the country and I has many questions about Vietnamese culture and infrastructure, and they were incredibly helpful in easing my mind. Once in Vietnam, interacting with the local team was just amazing. They seemed genuinely appreciative of me and were always going above and beyond to make sure that volunteers were comfortable and had everything they needed. It was a wonderful experience and I have no complaints.

Read Erika’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Anna Kapolka
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

When I applied to volunteer with UBELONG, I though volunteering abroad sounded like a great opportunity. It was not until my 8 weeks in Vietnam were coming to a close did I truly appreciate just how amazing of an opportunity it was and recognize the reasons why it was so. I had heard of the value of traveling and experiencing new cultures so often without ever having actually done so for such a long time that I had become numb to the grand proclamations made by websites and people that were meant to entice me to travel. But now I can assuredly say that they weren’t as trite as they seemed. I hardly think it an exaggeration to say that much of the intolerance and prejudice in the world could be abolished in a happier world where the majority of people could travel internationally. Oftentimes prejudice isn’t so much hatred of other people as ignorance of other people. I think UBELONG provides a unique opportunity for well-meaning, kind people to foster peace and friendships that cross borders, all while doing, and even especially because they are doing, worthy work.

Read Anna’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Mariana Pintor
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Start date: July 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Volunteering through UBELONG in Hanoi, Vietnam was the best decision I have ever made. From the staff, to the Vietnamese people, the food, the kids and the other volunteers all of it was amazing and I feel very blessed that I was so lucky (and wise) to pick such professional and trustful organization to work with. At the end, it is just sad that I cannot go back in time but I am sure I will be doing a new volunteering project with UBELONG very soon.

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  • Name: Laura Hilsmann
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

Working with UBELONG was the best decision I ever made and I had the best two months in my whole life working in Vietnam! From the beginning you are supported by a mentor who gives you a lot of advice and during your time abroad you get to know a lot of different people and work in a very interesting project. Besides the local team always supports you in every situation.

Read Laura’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Isabel Bonnet
  • Nationality: France
  • Start date: August 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Volunteering abroad is definitely the best thing I’ve ever done in my life, and probably the best thing I’ll do. When you are volunteering, not only you feel you’re adding at least your own grain of sable for a best world, but you learn how to be a better person yourself. Everyday was a new challenge for myself in Vietnam: I had to learn how to adapt myself into a different environment, a different language and different customs. However, I met people in the school, the city or the volunteer house that helped me to understand my tasks and the behavior we need to have in the country. In addition, I believe I improved my skills in controlling small groups and making my imagination work by seeking to find a way to teach English and French without translating my thoughts –since I unfortunately don’t speak Vietnamese. I encourage anyone who thinks about volunteering abroad to take this opportunity to live a unique experience where they will both help and learn how to be better. I am infinitely thankful for having had the chance to be part of the UBELONG family and for meeting the people I met during my journey. It was amazing and unforgettable, thank you!

Read Isabel’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Francisco Nogueira
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: July 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Great organization and amazing staff!! Thank you for all the help and for providing me this life experience 🙂

Read Francisco’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Mara Seisselberg
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Start date: April 2016
  • Duration: 11 weeks

UBELONG has helped me pursue my dream to volunteer abroad. Through UBELONG’s great Vietnamese local network I have had the extreme pleasure of volunteering in an education project that goes beyond helping people to improve their English skills, also fostering cultural exchange. UBELONG offers a great preparation prior to departure, as well as an amazing support during your stay abroad volunteering.

Read Mara’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad News Section

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  • Name: Susan Jiang
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG has helped me fulfill a desire to make my mark in the world. UBELONG’s staff is professional and allowed me to be flexible with my experience teaching English in Vietnam.

Read Susan’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Helene Dante
  • Nationality: Norway
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

In the end I am really happy and I am grateful for my weeks working with the children. It was an experience I never will forget, and having such good contact with UBELONG during my entire stay made it better! When I had questions I got reply that really helped me out.

Read Helene’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Taylor Trummel
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

My experience with UBELONG could not have gone smoother. The handbook prepared for volunteers was extremely thorough and even when I thought of a question, I was able to ask my mentor with just an email. UBELONG made me feel prepared and comfortable for my project. When I arrived, I was greeted by friendly locals and other volunteers from all around the world. UBELONG is unlike any other organization I found online in my extensive searching for an inexpensive and impactful way to volunteer and travel. While I was able to travel and explore the city, the project came first. I felt the balance of work and travel was very good and I can tell UBELONG has worked to make the projects and accommodations for volunteers the best they can be. I look forward to my next opportunity to work with UBELONG again.

Read Taylor’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Jessica Lee
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: April 2015
  • Duration: 12 weeks

I am extremely impressed by the support I received from UBELONG throughout my whole time volunteering. Even before I left my own country, I was given a comprehensive handbook that covered things I never even thought of. My mentor, Barbara, was always cheery and helpful as she answered all of my questions via email and Skype and she also checked in regularly during my time abroad. Even when I arrived in Vietnam, the house I was in was managed by a staff that was more than happy to help and guide me around Hanoi and Vietnam.

I also had an opportunity to meet one of UBELONG’s co-founder, Raul, as he was travelling with a photo expedition in Vietnam. Over dinner, I really enjoyed being able to chat with him about the great work UBELONG is doing and also meet people on the expedition tour.

I am extremely grateful for the experience that UBELONG allowed me and would recommend it to anyone who has time to give abroad!

Read Jessica’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Phillip Wang
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I am truly grateful to UBELONG for allowing me to participate in this meaningful trip. UBELONG made volunteer abroad extremely easy and convenient. Furthermore, I was truly amazed by the global presence of UBELONG. The UBELONG volunteers come from all over the world, and I had an amazing time at the guest house learning not only about the Vietnamese culture, but the cultures of each UBELONG member. I would also like to mention that this trip was well worth the price. When you visit a country as a tourist, you get see to surface of their culture. However, UBELONG maintains such a close connection to the local volunteers that you get to experience a deeper level of exposure. In addition, as you get to serve the country that you visit, you develop a deeper sense of connection.

Read Phillip’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Michelle Erwin
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Hanoi
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG was a great experience! I am so thankful for everything you have done for me. This experience was truly life changing.

Read Michelle’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Madeleine Montgomery
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG is an amazing program, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to volunteer abroad. UBELONG offers so many different placement options so that everyone is able to volunteer with something they are passionate about, and the local team is so helpful. Living in the volunteer house allowed me to get close to the other volunteers and hear their stories, and it was great to have a sense of community in a new country. Working with the kids in Peru was an amazing experience that I will never forget, and I can’t wait until I am able to volunteer with UBELONG again.

Read Madeleine’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Emily Fisher
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks

I am so fortunate to have volunteered through UBELONG this past summer! Prior to my journey to Peru, I felt that my mentors sufficiently prepared me for my volunteer experience. While in Cusco, my Local Team Leaders, Rafael and Elseline, immediately created an easy transition to a Peruvian lifestyle. Although I wish that I could have been more of a help at the medical clinic where I was stationed, I greatly enjoyed my experience overall in Cusco!

Read Emily’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Joseph Wieczorek
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is a well-oiled machine and supports volunteers to help give back to others. UBELONG leads by example – focused, supportive, and responsive to others’ needs. My Cusco stay included two volunteer experiences, and I had three local members support me through the process. The overall experience has had a more profound impact on me than I had imagined it would. To quote Maya Angelou, people will never forget the way you made them feel. UBELONG made me feel as if I made a little difference to someone else’s world. I highly recommend UBELONG!

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  • Name: Linda Opiekun
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG obviously cares about the local people they serve and the volunteers who choose to participate. Rafael and Elseline were very attentive to our questions and frequently visited my school. Martina is a brilliant cheerleader for the program and always sees the forest through the trees to inspire us.

Read Linda’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Rosa Hong
  • Nationality: South Korea
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: April 2018
  • Duration: 5 weeks

Volunteering abroad with UBELONG really gives you the opportunity to explore a new place while helping others and making an impact. The local partners are very welcoming and always there to give support and help.

Read Rosa’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Sherrell Daley
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Thank you so much UBELONG for giving me one of the best experiences of my life. I will definitely do it again.

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  • Name: Leah Weinstein
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Everything about my experience with UBELONG was great. From the moment you are accepted to the day you leave your host city, there is always someone available and eager to help you. The mentors answered all my questions before I left, and the volunteer coordinators in Cusco were extremely welcoming and went out of their way to help us. They were professional, friendly, timely, and always made you feel safe! UBELONG cares about the communities they work in and you really feel welcome and needed at your project, unlike other “voluntourism” programs. You have plenty of time to travel and explore the country, but you are still doing important work at your site.

Read Leah’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jil Jelsma
  • Nationality: Luxembourg
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG gives you the opportunity to widen you horizon and make an incredible experience. Everything was well organized, my mentors were really nice and helpful and I felt absolutely at ease the whole time.

Watch Jil’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jessica Landau
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: April 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is great to make an impact as a volunteer. The support from the UBELONG staff was great, the main reason why I would recommend volunteering with them. They help you and guide you along the way, never allowing you to feel alone in a new place. I traveled alone for the first time and never felt as though I had nobody to rely on.

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  • Name: Douglas Cooley
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG is an outstanding organization that prides itself in seeking to match world wide human needs to volunteers with a social conscience. Ours was an experience of a life time. Thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer in an after school program for children. Experience of sharing cultural traditions is invaluable to the children and to our family. We would genuinely entertain the opportunity to volunteer again.

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  • Name: Alexandria Roy
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

My time in Cusco provided me with a rewarding experience, incredible memories, and adventures. Throughout my time in Cusco, the local team, other volunteers, and hostel staff ensured I felt supported and had resources. Cusco is an extremely unique town that has many adventures to offer a volunteer due to its location and vibrant culture. My project gave me insight on interpersonal violence in the city and its large impact on young girls. I would highly recommend location for volunteering!

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  • Name: Alice Ortmann
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: April 2017
  • Duration: 10 weeks

From the beginning, I knew UBELONG was a very reliable organisation. The preparation booklet is extremely detailed and helpful and the mentor happy to help with any query! On field, you’ll have on top of good friends, your local team leaders, always happy to help with anything and very friendly! You will quickly integrate into your workplace and enjoy it very much! The Volunteer House is perfectly located, very nice and clean and right in the city center. I was overall extremely satisfied with my UBELONG experience and would recommend it to anyone!

 

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  • Name: Sean Byron
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: August 2017
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I used another company three years ago that was three times the price. UBELONG exceeded their assistance pre-trip, during the trip, and with follow-up! If I was taking a third service trip I wouldn’t hesitate to use UBELONG! The in-country hosts were knowledgeable, as well as engaged in every volunteers individual situations and projects.

Read Sean’s and Calleigh’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Ashley Blow
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I would highly recommend UBELONG to anyone looking to volunteer abroad, whether it be your first time or hundredth. UBELONG offers an individualized experience for volunteering, but also allows you to explore the culture of the city you are staying in. While volunteering in Cusco, Peru I was able to visit Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Mira Flores, the Sacsayhuman and much more that the beautiful country of Peru has to offer. The volunteer experience itself was like none other. The students in the school wanted to learn English, and the classrooms made me feel comfortable and needed. Thank you UBELONG for the once in a lifetime experience and I hope to do it again soon.

Read Ashley’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Kailing See
  • Nationality: Singapore
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: November 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I taught in a kindergarten in Cusco and found my UBELONG project to be thoughtfully sourced and well managed such that volunteers have a meaningful and safe environment to contribute to the community. I would definitely sign up for other projects with UBELONG again!

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  • Name: Raul Carmona
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 10 weeks

UBELONG is a great program for anyone who wants to volunteer and make a difference. I will always remember my experience with UBELONG as helping me grow both as a person and as a professional.

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  • Name: Bryan Hunter
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I could not have had a better experience volunteering with UBELONG. This was my first time volunteering abroad and they took all of the uncertainty and fear out of the experience. They were organized and always available to answer any questions I had. The accommodations were above and beyond what I was expecting, and the team on the ground in Peru were some of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever met. I could not believe the level of service UBELONG provided at such a reasonable price. Highly recommend.

Read Bryan’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Sarah Augustyniak
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I had a wonderful experience with UBELONG! I was in the Caring for vulnerable children project in Cusco, Peru for 2 months. Everyone I met, the mentors, the team leaders, the other volunteers, were all so friendly and so welcoming. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in volunteering abroad. Living in Cusco for 2 months was amazing and I had so many wonderful experiences. Aside from volunteering, there are also many opportunities to travel to other cities on the weekends which I really appreciated.

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  • Name: Qishen Xu
  • Nationality: Macau
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: August 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG offers you a reliable and affordable way to not only make an impact but also explore and experience the amazing local culture.

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  • Name: Madeline Lindquist
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: July 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Volunteering in a foreign country is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, experiences of a lifetime. While abroad, one encounters obstacles they never would have imagined, but learn new methods of approaching and dealing with these challenges in creative, innovative ways. Volunteering through UBELONG was the perfect balance of being able to give of oneself to others through volunteering, while embracing the chance to explore a completely new culture. With its inexpensive fees, organized preparation materials, and safe living accommodations, I highly recommend this program to all who appreciate traveling, language immersion, volunteering, and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone!

Read Madeline’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Taylor Trummel
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 11 weeks

I volunteered with UBELONG twice because I enjoyed my first experience so much. It offered the chance to work with another culture, learn a new language, and make a positive impact and impression on others.

Read Taylor’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Charity Becker
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG has been one of the best experiences of my life and I am so honored to have been a part of such a wonderful community. My mentors at UBELONG made me feel prepared before leaving for the trip and comfortable and safe while I was there.

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  • Name: Abigail Carlson
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 5 weeks

My experience with UBELONG was unforgettable! If you have a passion for connecting and sharing part of your life with people all over the world, UBELONG is one of the most perfect ways to do so. Cusco, Peru and all of the people I met there will forever hold a special place in my heart!

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  • Name: Maureen Regier
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: March 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

Travelling to Peru for the first time, and taking a chance on an organization that I discovered online, was what we signed up for. My family and myself found that what we read about UBELONG and their beliefs, was in line with our own. Martina was our contact person and she was full of answers and reassurance. We proceeded to plan our trip, and we felt fully prepared by Martina and the UBELONG literature. When we arrived in Cusco, Peru, we were greeted by Rafael! He was there on time and was so welcoming. He helped get us settled in our home away from home. When we met Elseline, she was also, so warm and welcoming (and pregnant/almost due!). They both were so reassuring and friendly and informative.

Our placement was perfectly chosen for us. We asked to do some physical work and to participate with children. The orphanage was out of town, but that made the experience even better. We loved the bus rides out of town with the locals, and the remoteness of the orphanage. It was all an adventure. Rafael made sure we were comfortable and guided us carefully the first day. He gave us very clear instructions along with all of his and Elseline’s contact options. They were accessible if we ever needed, with quick responses always. Even on our second week, when we were no longer working with UBELONG! There were strikes and protests, which changed a lot of our travel plans. Things were chaotic and confusing for us. Rafael was our “go-to”, offering his help over and over again. We really can’t thank him enough.

Over all, my family and myself, would recommend UBELONG for anyone. They are an upstanding organization with their hearts in the right place. Congratulations to them for all the goodness they have created! And also for the amazing people they have on their team.

Read Maureen’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Rachel Kryska
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: May 2017
  • Duration: 7 weeks

My experience volunteering with UBELONG was even better than I could have expected it to be.  Although I had to switch where I was volunteering due to an unexpected strike, the local team in Cusco made the transition really easy. Rafael and Elseline made us feel at home and checked in on us weekly. I enjoyed my volunteering immensely and highly recommend volunteering with UBELONG to anyone who wants to volunteer internationally.

Read Rachel’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Benjamin Healy
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: November 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

I learned a lot during my volunteer experience, but the biggest lesson I took from my UBELONG experience in Peru was that happiness can be found in anybody and anywhere. You don’t need to be living a certain type of lifestyle to find true happiness. In Peru, I met all kinds of new and interesting people from different walks of life. I found that my conversations with these locals included a lot more laughter and smiling than I was used to.

My UBELONG experience in Peru changed my outlook on everything around me and made me think about what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Read Benjamin’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Bethany Perkins
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: November 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

Deciding to join a UBELONG program was something that came naturally to me. It has always been a goal of mine to help other people, and I knew that with this UBELONG group, I could accomplish just that. Traveling has always been a dream of mine, and so I knew that combining the two things I had always wanted to do was a great opportunity.

Read Bethany’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Taryn Betson
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Went out on a complete limb, as I had never heard of the UBELONG program before, never traveled by myself, or volunteered abroad anywhere! I am so glad I did because I loved every minute of it and would recommend this program to anyone who wanted to help out in a community and make a difference.

Read Taryn’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Cally Chang
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG was very thorough, responsible, and attentive to even the most intricate details prior to my trip and during. The collective effort from my mentor, local leaders, and local organizations made my trip an unforgettable memory. I usually get a little worried arriving to a foreign country however, UBELONG picked us up as soon as we arrived and took us straight to the hostel. The local team leaders, Rafael and Elseline, made us feel right at home and checked in on us from time to time throughout our 3 week stay. There wasn’t a moment of confusion to how we got to and from our project or living accommodations.

UBELONG represents a very sturdy network of volunteers, local team leaders, mentors, and local organizations and I’m glad to have volunteered with UBELONG.

Read Cally’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Michelle Weiss
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: March 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

The UBELONG volunteering experience was no easy task, but UBELONG is very well organized, safe and our mentors were the best. We worked about 6 hours a day, hard. We really felt like we made a difference only in 1 week. We will definitely use UBELONG again in the future!

Read Michelle’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Abigail South
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 8 weeks

UBELONG is by far the best volunteer experience I could’ve hoped for. With local teams like Rafael and Elseline, volunteers learn about their vibrant location and feel supported and cared for throughout their entire stay. Additionally, the volunteer projects provide a local experience that is invaluable and you will be sure to carry with you throughout the rest of your life.

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  • Name: Chen Li
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: August 2017
  • Duration: 1 week
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  • Name: Philippe Schaaf
  • Nationality: Belgium
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is een zeer goede organisatie als je overweegt om aan vrijwilligerswerk te doen in één van de vele landen die UBELONG aanbiedt. De ondersteuning voor je vertrekt en ter plaatse zijn zeker één van de sterke punten van deze organisatie. Iedere vraag of wijziging die je wenst aan te brengen ter plaatse worden met open armen onthaalt. Bedankt UBELONG voor dit mooie avontuur!

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  • Name: Artem Milkov
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

This was my first time participating in a full-time volunteer project thousands of kilometers away from home and I didn’t know what to expect. However, I must say, it turned out to be one of the most impactful and rewarding experiences I have gained to date. It was really an eye-opener to work with a local NGO to help fight poverty and improve the lifes of the local population. This makes one really appreciate the basic things most of us have access to back home.

This unique experience would not have been possible without UBELONG and their team of coordinators and other volunteers that were always there to help me get through any challenges and cheer on for our mutual success.

Read Artem’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Alicia Colon
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

My UBELONG experience in Cusco, Peru was my first solo international traveling experience. At first it was a bit overwhelming but with the help of my local team leaders and fellow UBELONG teammates I was able to assimilate to the culture of Cusco and enjoy my time volunteering with the elderly. It was such a great experience and I would recommend this program to anyone willing to step out of their comfort zone and experience a new way of living. It was a very humbling and rewarding experience.

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  • Name: Rebecca Twombly
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG is incredible. The time I spent in Peru changed me as a person and challenged me to be better. Cusco is an amazing city, and although different than the US in more ways than one, if I ever am to return I know it will feel like home. Thanks UBELONG for fostering such a wonderful experience!

Read Rebecca’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Alexandra Gutierrez
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: April 2016
  • Duration: 17 weeks

Our UBELONG team leaders in Cusco were very diligent and reliable. Without their support and without them checking in on us on a daily basis, we would not have made the incredible impact that we were able to make to our full capacity. This UBELONG volunteer trip made me become more mature, independent, social, and goal-oriented. I used to not like working in a team, but after this volunteer experience, I couldn’t find myself accomplishing what I want to without the help of others.

Read Alexandra’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Hannah Hayden
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG was an experience that changed my life. I would recommend it to anyone, and everyone. I learned so much about myself, and about helping others. I made many new friends, and made great memories.

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  • Name: Jasmine Bentley
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Being a volunteer abroad has it’s challenges and it’s rewards. My experience in Peru was worth every second of the time I spent there. I worked at a shelter for girls who are victims of human trafficking where I helped plan activities and sat in on group therapy sessions. You could see how over time the girls warmed up to us and we formed close knit relationships with some. I feel like because of my experience with UBELONG, I have a very realistic view of Peruvian life rather than just having been a tourist.

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  • Name: Morgan Fitzgerald
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is a wonderful organization! Although you are sort-of thrown into your project in a whirlwind without much direction, it not only forces you to find your own way and your own methods of assistance in your individual projects, but it reflects real life: you don’t always know what you’re thrown into ahead of time, and sometimes you have to just figure it out. Very good life skill.

I am forever grateful for the experiences and memories I’ve made with my UBELONG project and other UBELONG volunteers, and I hope I can find experiences like this in the future wherever I go.

Read Morgan’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Gloria Cervantes
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I truly loved working with UBELONG! It was a great program and helped me to realize my dream to volunteer abroad. It was very affordable and provides volunteers with great accommodations. Any concern I had was decreased and I felt I was in great hands my entire trip. I would definitely recommend UBELONG to a friend and would join another volunteer program with them in a second. I want to thank UBELONG for the opportunity to volunteer in Cusco, Peru and for an amazing experience.

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  • Name: Kelsey Gerbec
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is an incredible program that connects people with volunteer opportunities abroad. They do not simply place you in a program, but they guide you through the entire process from the moment of your acceptance until you arrive home. I felt comfortable and confident through my entire experience. I could not have picked a better way to spend my summer!

Read Kelsey’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Caroline Black
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: November 2016
  • Duration: 5 weeks

Volunteering at the shelter for girls in Cusco for six weeks, I witnessed firsthand both the valleys and peaks of Peruvian culture. Many girls are placed in shelters, because domestic abuse is common among rural communities. Also, hygiene is a low priority, although the government wants to improve it. Additionally, many Peruvian children fall behind educationally. I helped girls in the shelter with fifteen years of age complete homework that I did when I was twelve. Although the country is aware of its problems, on independence day I watched the girls perform the history of Peru proudly, and they each danced to the music of their respective regions: The Andes, the coast, and the rainforest. The girls sang the national anthem at the end of the day, boasting of Peru’s montañas, costas, y selvas ricas. Yes, Peru has a long way to go in some aspects, but the people are still proud of their blend of European and indigenous culture, their scenery of which my eyes were eager servants, and their genuine love for their fellow citizens. I nearly ran off the plane home before it took off, for I was so enchanted by Peru, and I realized that I too had looked past its flaws to see the mystical aura of the country, the likes of which I have never found in my own.

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  • Name: Quinn Parker
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I really enjoyed my time with UBELONG. The on-site supervisors were very helpful and always in touch with us, whatever we needed. It was also such a great experience in terms of living with the other volunteers and learning about them and their different projects; we were all able to teach each other so much and make lasting friendships. The structure of the program was great in that we were able to help out with the students, as well as had time to explore the city and surrounding area. I really felt like it was a great way to experience the culture and the country, all while giving back to the community, and developing personal relationships with some of the most amazing students and people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. It was amazing!

Read Quinn’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Amanda Bird
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is an incredible organization that has thought of and prepared for everything in order to help their volunteers have a successful volunteering experience. Their staff is very knowledgeable and genuinely cares about each volunteer and their experience. I can’t wait to volunteer with UBELONG again in the future!

Read Amanda’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Tyler O'Brien
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I have volunteered with UBELONG twice, once in Costa Rica and once in Peru, and they were the two greatest experiences of my life. The projects that they find for you to work in are all great. And if you have any problems, the local team there acts as a strong support system and can help with any problems, needs, or questions you could have. I lived with a host family for one trip and in a volunteer house for the other, and they were both great places to live. I would highly recommend UBELONG to anyone who wants to travel and make a positive impact on the world.

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  • Name: Chiara Furfari
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Start date: July 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

My experience with UBELONG was very good. Martina (my UBELONG Mentor) was always available to answer all my questions. Gaye and Sergio, who welcomed me in Cusco, were very kind, ready to give us information and tips to get to know Cusco. Furthermore, they worry about our experience with the children. UBELONG helps local communities and has a positive impact on the society.

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  • Name: Emily Higinbotham
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

Being my first international volunteer trip, it was important for me to pick an organization that informed, supported and valued its participants and their entire experience. I found this and more with UBELONG. Our placement was amazing and the local team was fabulous! They made sure we were well prepared for our site and were very attentive to our personal needs as well (especially our health regarding the high altitude). All of these things are so very priceless when you are in a place far from home. Thank you UBELONG for the experience of a lifetime!

Read Emily’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Ekaterina Sakharova
  • Nationality: Russia
  • Start date: August 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a great opportunity for all of us to understand yourself – working with children is not an easy task and after that you just start to believe in yourself and to know that you are really prepared for life as an adult. At the same time it is a unique opportunity to tune into the beat of local culture while discussing with girls local music, their Icons etc. Also, and this is the most important- UBELONG lets local people, in my case children, know about the world, about other cultures, about other opportunities and makes them feel that all over the world there are always people who are ready to help them and at least spend some time and communicate what children always miss. I am really grateful to UBELONG to make such an experience happen in my life.

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  • Name: Blanca Gómez
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Start date: August 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I’d like to write about the attitude I consider the correct one to volunteer. From my experience, I would say that judging and comparing with your own country is the worst thing you can do. Apart from that, you should always be aware that you’re here to volunteer and that should be always your priority; so if they want you to stay more, you shouldn’t think that you should leave because you’ve already worked 5 hours. I’d also like to warn that volunteering is not easy, but that’s one of the things that is great about it. You can even feel guilty a lot of times.

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  • Name: Nick Tellez
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: May 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Traveling the world and experiencing new places is a lifelong dream for many people, and I am no exception. UBELONG made it possible for me to finally begin my journey across international borders, and I eagerly look forward to my next opportunity to volunteer with them. To really experience a new culture it is necessary to completely immerse yourself in it, and helping those who are in need is the perfect way to do so. I can’t recommend UBELONG highly enough!

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  • Name: Jessica Gustin
  • Nationality: USA
  • Start date: May 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG is a wonderful program that offers a one in million experience while being organized and cost efficient. The local team was very helpful and I was well taken care of the entire time.

Read Jessica’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Kelsea Mensh
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: May 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I couldn’t have had a better or more positive experience than I did with UBELONG. The organization was not only very organized, but also supportive. The staff is overwhelmingly kind and welcoming. They were there with every single thing that we needed help with, and they checked in on us so many times to make sure everything was going well. I fell in love with the school that I did my project in, and the staff there completely changed my life. They welcomed me with open arms and even gave me a journal on my last day to remember them. What I am going to miss the most is the kids; they were so loving and kind to me. I felt that UBELONG gave us the information and support we all needed to make our experiences so amazing. I am already planning my next UBELONG trip.

Read Kelsea’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Marisa Tucci
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

Volunteering with UBELONG was an incredible experience. Travel itself can be wonderful and exciting, but to volunteer during your travels allows you to look deeper into the culture and community you are visiting. This opportunity that UBELONG provides its volunteers is priceless.

Read Marisa’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad News Section

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  • Name: Brian Delaporte
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

My UBELONG experience was unforgettable. If you are looking to see the world and experience the culture of other places, streamline all expenses, work with caring, loving individuals and share the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than you, there’s no other choice but UBELONG. I plan to book future service trips through the organization, and highly recommend anyone to give it a shot. You’ll be overwhelmingly surprised with the results and in yourself.

Read Brian’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Laarni Paras
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I was really impressed by UBELONG. The mentors were always communicative and available to answer my questions via e-mail and also by Skype (which I didn’t need before my trip). The coordinators were always available and made sure to meet us for lunch at least twice a week and met up for dinner when the UBLEONG volunteers got together. We even hiked together. There was no sense of “I’m not on the clock, so contact me on Monday,” which provided a wonderful sense of family within UBELONG.
I liked how UBELONG works within the community of Cusco and wants its volunteers to integrate with the community. I felt really connected to Cusco by the time I left.

Read Laarni’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Rebecca Stone
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: December 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG was a great organization to work with! I felt supported every step of the way, both before my trip by my mentor Martina, and while I was in Peru by the local in-country staff. I always felt I had many people available to speak to me if I had a concern, confusion, or question. The description of the volunteer position was accurate and my host family was amazing, probably the best part of my experience. It was also really sweet that the UBELONG staff went to the trouble of organizing a weekly dinner for all the volunteers staying with host families, so we could have a chance to connect with each other. Thanks UBELONG!

Read Rebecca’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Elizabeth Ames
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is an amazing organization! As soon as I was accepted into the program, I felt completely supported by my mentor, and she was available for any and all questions that I had before getting to Peru. The team in Cusco was also amazing – they were always available for questions and were so supportive when I was sick and had to go to the hospital. Throughout my whole experience, I knew that there were several people in UBELONG who could help me with any questions I had, and they were a huge part of making my time in Cusco such a big success. I can’t think of anything I would change about the program!

Read Elizabeth’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Joshua Finer
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG offers a unique opportunity to help others while gaining a deeper understanding of yourself. The UBELONG staff and projects that they work with enable you to engage in fulfilling volunteer work where your impact is palpable. The staff members are quick to recommend new restaurants, activities, and adventures to explore during your off hours. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone that wants to make a difference, break out of their comfort zone, and learn more about themselves and others.

Read Joshua’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Heather Brody
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: December 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG is an amazing organization that helped spark my passion for traveling and allowed me to make a difference at the same time. I will always treasure the time that I spent as a UBELONG volunteer and can’t wait to volunteer through UBELONG again in the future!

Read Heather’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Kaephas Kain
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: December 2015
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Working with UBELONG was an awesome experience! I had access to all the resources I needed for the trip well ahead of time, and I felt more than prepared for my trip. The volunteer house I was placed in was comfortable and had hot water and a comfortable bed, and the other volunteers who had been there for a bit were able to direct me to multiple great restaurants (so many great places in Cusco!).  What more does a person need?!  I definitely hope to do more volunteer trips through UBELONG!

Read Kaephas volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Hadleigh Rhodes
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 10 weeks

I never knew that buying a plane ticket to Peru would change my life forever. I have connected deeply with people and places there that I will never forget. Sometimes I still wonder why I ever caught my flight back home.

Read Hadleigh’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

  • Name: Luz Olid Diaz
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG provides an exceptional variety of programs covering a broad area of projects from business to health care, education and sports.

Read Luz’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

  • Name: Karen Marin
  • Nationality: Colombia
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: August 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is a professional organization. They really care about you as a volunteer and their main objective is that you make the best out of your experience. The staff members, including your assigned mentor are very attentive, friendly and truly encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and discover a new side of you while you’re volunteering abroad. It met each one of my expectations and I had a wonderful time, and I am definitely going to do another volunteer project with them in the near future.

Read Karen’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Meredith Yung
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I really appreciated the easy navigation of the website and the availability of information.  The application process as well as the preparation process was also made very easy and doable through the availability of a mentor and the preparation booklet.  I really liked how my mentor periodically checked in on me throughout the application process and on through my time in Cusco, Peru.  I learned and took a lot away from my experience with UBELONG.  I loved the fact that they placed me in volunteer housing.  I felt supported at my location and project for the most part.  Our location mentor, Agnes, was great at checking in on myself and the other volunteers.  But I was very much on my own at my project.  I saw a lot of other volunteers from other organizations come through the orphanage with toys and games that their organization provided.  This was frustrating because anything I wanted to do with the boys came out of my own pocket, which was something I did not really plan for because I do not feel it was stressed to me to bring my own supplies.  It was suggested in the preparation booklet but it was not by any means required or even stressed heavily.  That being said, I learned how to be creative through this obstacle.  Overall my experience with UBELONG was great and very rewarding.  I would definitely do a second volunteer abroad experience with UBELONG.

Read Meredith’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Sydney Lalancette
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

I really agree with UBELONG’s mission, I know everyone working there cares passionately about what they are doing, and it shows! It is one of the more affordable programs I’ve found, and it’s easy to communicate and work with you. I am already thinking about where and when I can travel next, and I’m predicting it will be with UBELONG again.

Read Sydney’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Margaret Scott
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG was definitely one of the best two weeks of my life.  It was well organized and our team leaders made preparing for the trip, getting adjusted once we arrived, getting to and from our project very simple. Even though you were with a group of people, every one had different roles or projects and at different times, so there was a lot of time to reflect, walk around the city and get to know your surroundings. Not only were you able to help those in need, but you were literally one on one with people of a very different culture every day, at the project, in the streets, cafes and restaurants and at the volunteer house where we lived. It was a great way to immerse yourself in another culture  and I highly recommend it to anyone.

Read Margaret’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Kaitlin Tulbert
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 8 weeks

Living for 8 weeks in Peru gave me a much more realistic and compassionate view of its people and their way of life. I don’t have the words to express how rewarding and life changing my UBELONG experience has been. I feel that my job was successful; I know that what I did made a difference in at least one of the students’ lives, their school work, or the relationships we created. I grew so much from this experience; UBELONG enables anyone that’s willing to never stop learning, to instill that mantra in the locals they work with, and to leave a positive impact on the places that shape them.

Read Kaitlin’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Loressa McDonnell
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG has, hands down, changed my life for the better. Through this organization, I have been with someone every step of the way. I never felt like I was doing this alone – from my mentor helping me with my pre-departure preparations, to someone picking me up from the airport, to the volunteers that I worked and adventured with. This has been an amazing experience. I have been able to transform my life by surrounding myself with kids who are less fortunate but are still the happiest kids you’d ever meet. It has opened my eyes to how material things mean so little.
The kids that I volunteered with at the after-school program were happy, talkative, and energetic just like any American 4 year old would be and yet they had practically nothing more than the clothes on their backs. These kids loved so much with having so little. It made me feel not only grateful for this opportunity but extremely blessed for what I do have. As an American, we get caught up with material things and it’s great to be stripped from those things and see how people around the world live such full and happy lives without them.
This experience has made me very humble. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without UBELONG, my amazing mentor, the in-country team members, the affordable prices that UBELONG offers, or the support of the other volunteers. Even though I was only in Cusco for two weeks, I have gained an amazing experience and an even more amazing family.

Read Loressa’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Joanne Cheung
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: September 2014
  • Duration: 1 week

I highly recommend signing up for a volunteer opportunity with UBELONG. It’s an amazing organization that has a footprint in different parts of the world and offers a myriad of programs based on your talents or interests. It’s very flexible depending on how much time you’re able to commit and they put you in contact with a mentor who guides you throughout the entire process from Point A when you’ve registered for a program to Point B when you’re back home and debriefing on your experience. UBELONG is there with you every step of the way and not only gives you the advice and preparation you need before heading out, but also gives you the autonomy to serve and apply your skills to your best capacity. I’ve only gone on one trip with UBELONG, but certainly plan on going on another in the near future!

Read Joanne’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Yi Lu
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: August 2015
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG provided me the opportunity internationally, which requires detailed planning and preparation and UBELONG staff was able to make sure everything goes smoothly, from preparation to closing, in order to make it a smooth and enriching experience for the volunteer!

Read Yi Lu’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Danielle Schmidt
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG is an organization that works with local communities to solve the root of social problems. While volunteering, I was always confident that my work served the needs and wants of those receiving help, rather than the assumptions of an outside party. They never take short-cuts or the easy way out- from start to finish, UBELONG is always about the communities they serve.

Read Danielle’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Allison Cavanagh
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cusco
  • Start date: April 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG was everything I was looking for. I wanted to travel to a different country by myself while still having a support system; I wanted a volunteer project that would allow me to interact with a different culture and leave a positive impact in the community; and lastly, I needed it to be affordable. UBELONG met all of these needs. They have a great team that is happy to help and prepares you well for your travels. They were such a great organization, and the affordability of the trips made this an actual option for me. I had a wonderful experience.

Read Allison’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Tou Her
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: October 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I had a great time and experience with UBELONG. The organization was well structured and I felt comfortable through the entire process from the beginning to the end. My questions and inquiries were all answered diligent and promptly. I would highly recommend UBELONG to any potential volunteers looking to make a difference in another country and culture. I look forward to possibly volunteering again.

Read Tou’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Martin Restrepo
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: September 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

With UBELONG you get the chance to travel the world and immerse yourself in new cultures, all while making a long-lasting impact on the lives of people who really need it.

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  • Name: Justine Chanthachackvong
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

The UBELONG Family is one I am proud to be apart of. There are so many great people, here at home in the states and in the country which we served in. Although I felt a bit nervous traveling all the way across the world, there was always someone there to make me feel comfortable. Someone was always there to answer my questions before my trip, and in country. If there was ever anything I needed, I could just ask and someone was more than willing to help me. Their mission to help those who need it is beyond inspiring and something I am so proud to be able to help in. I was able to meet new people and touch the lives of many while in Laos, and I wouldn’t trade that in for anything.

Read Justine’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Taylor Burch
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 5 weeks

My experience with UBELONG has been amazing! I have enjoyed the projects I have volunteered for, and my overall experience with the organization has been really positive. I feel like the volunteer process is very organized and straight forward, and there is lots of information and people available to help volunteers along the way.

Read Taylor’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Mackenzie Morrison-Heath
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: December 2017
  • Duration: 24 weeks

Searching for international volunteering was a daunting process, but when I came across UBELONG’s website and reviews I felt at ease. That ease continued throughout my experience with UBELONG, from answering any and all questions before applying, thoroughly preparing me prior to departure, to offering continued support while at the project. Ultimately though, I have to thank UBELONG most for finding the school I volunteered at in Luang Prabang, Laos. I felt so much pride in being able to help this amazing school even just a little bit, and none of this would have been possible without UBELONG’s dedication to finding meaningful programs throughout the world.

Read Mackenzie’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Yu Cheng Huang
  • Nationality: Taiwan
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

My experience with UBELONG in Laos was very rewarding. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to experience the unique culture with some lovely support staffs, they have been very helpful and have taught me so much regardless of interesting Lao customs or Lao language. Besides, I enjoyed the fact that I was given much free time to explore the insanely beautiful town. However, the most challenging but rewarding part must be teaching local kids. With a language barrier, I had to be creative to make myself understood. But in the end, when you see the smile on their face showing that they understand you and they’re having fun, it’s just so amazingly satisfying!

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  • Name: Irene Krisch
  • Nationality: United States and Venezuela
  • Locations: Luang Prabang, Quito, Accra
  • Start date: March 2016
  • Duration: 20 weeks

I have been volunteering all over the world and enrolled in different volunteer programs. I used UBELONG twice to find me a matching program because it really delivers what it promises and its costs are so much lower than others. The Local Team Leader/UBELONGer communication is great and the host families and volunteer homes are really helpful.

Read Irene’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Natasha Lovell
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I was interested in being a part of something bigger than just myself in my own hometown. At the agriculture project in Laos you are able to see what you have done and the progress you have made, it’s helping others. And every day I left the education project I felt amazing, a really great connection to all the kids and felt that I was making an impact.

Watch Natasha’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Kyra Wood
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

The UBELONG program is an amazing opportunity to get to know a different culture and to be exposed to something that I haven’t been before. All the kids are so happy and they welcome you – it’s such a great feeling, especially far away from home. Laos is amazing and people are so nice.

Watch Kyra’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Katie Hluchyj
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a ground-up organization, they have a lot of investment from the people in the communities where they work. It’s great getting to know the locals and it’s important to see the need of the community.

Watch Katie’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Doug Anton
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Thank you to UBELONG, everything has been awesome. I look forward to doing more trips in the future. I recommend all teachers, students or college kids, join a UBELONG program – it’s a unique experience, memories made for a lifetime. It will change your fundamental as a person and that will stick to you for the rest of your life. I can not stress how important those kind of experiences are.

Watch Doug’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Alex Huang
  • Nationality: Taiwan
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

My experience with UBELONG in Laos was very rewarding. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to experience the unique culture with some lovely support staffs, they have been very helpful and have taught me so much regardless of interesting Lao customs or Lao language. Besides, I enjoyed the fact that I was given much free time to explore the insanely beautiful town. However, the most challenging but rewarding part must be teaching local kids. With a language barrier, I had to be creative to make myself understood. But in the end, when you see the smile on their face showing that they understand you and they’re having fun, it’s just so amazingly satisfying!

Read Alex’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jen Lucas
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a truly incredible organization. From the moment I applied to my time spent at the project, my mentor Barbara ensured that I had all of the information I would need to be successful during my time spent in Vang Vieng, Laos. I had some freedom to explore my surroundings and, more importantly, was able to contribute my time to a worthwhile project. I was fortunate enough to work with the local people and help their success in a variety of ways. The farming and agricultural endeavors were challenging in some ways, but also very rewarding, as I know the project will be useful in teaching local communities more about organic practices and how to sustain their produce businesses year round. I was also able to give opinions on how to improve certain techniques and what can be done to raise more funding for the project. I am beyond grateful for this experience and very much hope I was able to do some good during my time here. I enjoyed spending time with each of the wonderful people involved and am definitely planning to return to work again, someday.

Read Jen’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Maximilian Hassatzky
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

A wonderful experience! You feel taken care of all the time, and the local team in Laos becomes a family for you. I’d do it again anytime!

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  • Name: Bianca Rogoff
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: April 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG’s teaching program was great. The students are so sweet and they love to learn, and you are presented with many opportunities to teach different age ranges. The interns are unbelievable and they turn into your closest friends. You bike every day, which is a lot of fun but also extremely insightful as part of their culture. I enjoyed my stay there and I definitely would recommend it!

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  • Name: Luisa Marschewski
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration: 3 weeks

In terms of the support and preparation, I feel that nothing could have be done better. Especially the booklet I got before my trip was really helpful and informative. I also think that the connection between the local people and UBELONG is really close. Everything was really well organised, everyone had clear tasks and a structure for their day.

Read Luisa’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Irapua Ribeiro
  • Nationality: Brazil
  • Duration: 8 weeks

UBELONG, which was unknown to me around 7 months ago, has become one of the most respected institutions that I have known so far. They have a broad variety of options for volunteering and the main difference is that they work with local teams, developing their projects, which makes the exchange a genuine experience for all. It’s not only help that is provided, it’s a way of creating the basis for a better future. I wish UBELONG a bright and long lasting future. Keep impacting positively the life of people around the world. You are doing a great job!

Read Irapua’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Susy Krisch
  • Nationality: USA
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is an organization that delivers what it promises with excellent support, good guidance and their local coordinator / and staff are just extremely friendly and helpful. The price is affordable and covers the basics.

Read Susy’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Aditi Saxena
  • Nationality: India
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: September 2015
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG facilitated our volunteer experience and guided us throughout the process in order to make our travels smooth and easy. One was privileged to be a part of Ubelong and having availed this opportunity to volunteer abroad and contribute towards social impact. It is a great platform for those who want to embark on such programs at any time of their career / education and benefit from an unique experience of discovering a foreign culture and doing good for the community.

Read Aditi’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

 

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  • Name: Harsh Saxena
  • Nationality: India
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: September 2015
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG provided a well curated experience through volunteering in Laos. We got an opportunity to experience Lao hospitality and humility through our project engagement. The program was well thought and support was provided throughout the volunteering project.

Read Harsh’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Laura Smith
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Luang Prabang
  • Start date: April 2015
  • Duration: 12 weeks

UBELONG and the mentor I was given during my volunteer placement really helped me feel prepared to go to Laos. I felt a lot of my nervousness disappear as UBELONG supported and guided me as I arrived and began my placement. My mentor supported me throughout my twelve weeks, gave me the chance to express any and all concerns and questions, and readily communicated with the local leaders and coordinators. UBELONG provided me with several materials and resources before, during, and after my volunteer placement. My mentor expressed sincerity and a genuine desire to make my experience the best it could be. I definitely came home feeling that I had been supported throughout my time in Laos, and I will definitely be considering UBELONG in any and all future travel plans. UBELONG made my travel mean so much more than it would otherwise have meant.

Read Laura’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Cara Corwin
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: October 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

I recommend UBELONG for anyone interested in getting to know a location in a special and intimate way. No tour or vacation can give someone the experience of living daily life and performing much needed volunteer work that UBELONG’s partners provide. From start to finish my mentor, the local support team and everyone associated with UBELONG kept me informed and in touch. I considered myself to be on the older side for a trip like this (44) but I fit in just fine with the other volunteers and was able to do everything the younger people did. If you read the given materials and set your expectations correctly your experience will be just as fulfilling as mine.

Read Cara’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Erina Quinn
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: April 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I really liked my UBELONG experience. The organization is well organized and very helpful. The program was with a very nice and welcoming family who made sure I had a cultural experience and was always safe. I would do it again and recommend to anyone!

Read Erina’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Emily Zheutlin
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG was amazing. All the staff I worked with were amiable and helpful, the community was amazing in itself. The program was well-designed, but not too restrictive. I really enjoyed my time – I hope to go on another UBELONG trip.

Read Emily’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Ren Jean Chong
  • Nationality: Singapore
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a really well-organized organization. The mentors check in regularly and they send comprehensive information to provide you with everything you need before, during, and after your experience so that you get a meaningful and enjoyable experience at the end of the day.

Read Ren Jean’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Kaitlin Tulbert
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Sometimes I question why I continue to make decisions that push me not just outside of my comfort zone zip code, but my comfort zone galaxy. Now having returned from my second trip with UBELONG, I completely understand why I am so obsessed with the unique opportunity it offers you. You have the opportunity to discover the world and simultaneously make it a slightly better place. That fact alone perpetuates the continuous expansion of my comfort zone universe.

Read Kaitlin’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Brenda Warren
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

From the moment I first applied, the UBELONG Team was there to answer every question I had. This organization is incredibly organized and ensures their volunteers to have a safe and rewarding experience. I would volunteer through UBELONG in a heartbeat if I have the chance again.

Read Brenda’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Lindsay Mason
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: January 2018
  • Duration: 24 weeks

My volunteer experience was incredible and brought more to my life than I could imagine. Not only was I able to make a small difference to the kids and staff at the daycare, but I got to live like a local and make some lifetime friends and family. It was a delight to share my culture and learn about a new one. Volunteering through UBELONG was the perfect opportunity to live abroad and do something valuable with my time.

Read Lindsay’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Eliana Griego
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I found out about UBELONG from my roommate who had done a few weeks volunteering and was very interested in the program. I had just graduated college and was looking for something fulfilling and participatory to do after being cooped up in lecture halls and labs through college. With my time in Ecuador I learned so much, about both myself, the culture and the language. It’s hard to understand other people’s perspectives sometimes until you are living your life beside them and under their circumstances. It is a humbling experience and it requires incredible flexibility and empathy to be able to adapt to an everyday life so different from the one you grew up with. UBELONG has enabled me to see the world through a different perspective as well as be engaged in the community. I will keep this experience with me as I go through my life and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity this program gave to me.

Read Eliana’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jennifer Cyr
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I have gone on two UBELONG volunteer trips so far, and I am already thinking about where I would like to travel next. UBELONG helps to make planning your trip straightforward and smooth. I choose UBELONG to volunteer with because of their flexibility and affordability. I can travel on my own time frame, and also add on extra time to my trip to explore more of the country before or after I volunteer.  Being able to work and live on a biological reserve in the Galapagos Islands, was a once in a lifetime experience, and the memories and bonds formed will last a lifetime.

Read Jennifer’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Christabel Wagner
  • Nationality: New Zealand
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG is a great organization in getting you to do something in whatever your passion is and experience the world. I like that you have the option to volunteer from a week to 6 months.

UBELONG is flexible in their scheduling, I had to change my dates at one point due to personal circumstances and the change was done swiftly and without any hassle. I highly recommend anyone that is interested in trying UBELONG to just give it a go. You cannot regret experiencing the moment and getting to know yourself better, touching other people’s lives and helping our planet and community.

Read Christabel’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Hannah Dolan
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

When I found the opportunity to volunteer in the Galapagos with UBELONG I knew I couldn’t pass it up! The more I researched UBELONG as an organization and the nature reserve that I would be volunteering at, I found both to be incredible organizations! When traveling abroad it sometimes can be difficult to find refutable organizations, which is what made me feel so great about the entire volunteering experience through UBELONG. It was also comforting to have someone in the states to correspond with about my volunteering abroad. It helped make the entire process even more enjoyable and take out any possible stressors! ​A huge thanks to Adriana for answering every single question I came up with!

Read Hannah’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jessica Tsang
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Locations: Quito, Cusco
  • Start date: April 2018
  • Duration: 8 weeks

After spending 8 weeks back to back (4 in Quito, Ecuador and 4 in Cusco, Peru) I highly recommend UBELONG for a volunteer trip. In addition to having many different types of projects to choose from, the trips are at a reasonable cost and at both my projects I was picked up from the airport so I could easily settle into the volunteer house and not have to worry about my first transport around a new country. The local team leaders are wonderful people and it feels as if you are a part of the family quickly, and they are always there if you run into an issue or need some extra help at your project. I had a wonderful time during my 8 weeks with UBELONG and I can’t wait until my next volunteer trip in the future!

Read Jessica’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Eliana Griego
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I found out about UBELONG from my roommate who had done a few weeks volunteering and was very interested in the program. I had just graduated college and was looking for something fulfilling and participatory to do after being cooped up in lecture halls and labs through college. With my time in Ecuador I learned so much, about both myself, the culture and the language. It’s hard to understand other people’s perspectives sometimes until you are living your life beside them and under their circumstances. It is a humbling experience and it requires incredible flexibility and empathy to be able to adapt to an everyday life so different from the one you grew up with. UBELONG has enabled me to see the world through a different perspective as well as be engaged in the community. I will keep this experience with me as I go through my life and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity this program gave to me.

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  • Name: Kevin Snyder
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: February 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

My UBELONG experience in the Galapagos was a dream. I have always wanted to go to the Galapagos islands and to be able to volunteer there made the experience even better! The UBELONG staff prepared me very well for the experience and the workers at the Galapagos were so welcoming and friendly (including the other volunteers). I have memories for a lifetime and new friends from the experience. I will definitely be going back in the future!

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  • Name: Abby Bayus
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

My UBELONG experience was one of the best experiences of my life and it is something I will never forget. The UBELONG mentors were very helpful in preparation of the trip, they checked up on me during the trip, and followed up immediately after the trip. The volunteer family I lived with during my time in Ecuador was so kind and welcoming. They really made my first experience in a foreign culture a great one.The health clinic I worked at was above my expectations. The physician I followed and helped was so pleasant and eager to have me there. He was patient with me and let me help in any way I could. It was really eye opening to see how different healthcare is in another country and actually work in it. This is something I will take with me in my future as a healthcare provider.

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  • Name: Timothy Commins
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

Overall I feel the organization is very well run. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful. As a volunteer organization it felt the focus was on building relationships with quality partners. Meaning quality people. As a business person my first instinct was to try and figure out better ways to accomplish what I thought we were there to do, but came to realize that building the relationships and trusting in our new friends was most important.

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  • Name: Margo Pelayo
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

This was my second time volunteering with UBELONG and I only have positive things to say. The dedication shown by the UBELONG staff is what makes the experience all the more unique. The respect that the local team has for the projects is evident in the relationships I formed with the other teachers and students. Thank you UBELONG for this amazing volunteer experience!

Read Margo’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jeff Prouty
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: September 2012
  • Duration: 2 weeks

In terms of the participants, people were stretched emotionally, physically and spiritually in very positive ways. It was an exceptionally positive experience for people and I think everyone came away with a stronger sense of what they’re capable of doing. We went into a difficult context and made an impact. That’s just superb. Lots of relationships were also kindled, and that leads to the benefits for Prouty. All those relationships can lead to new opportunities, whether it’s consulting, friendships, knowledge sharing and so forth. A ripple effect was begun by the experience, and that’s a very positive and powerful thing.

Read Jeff’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Noah Shohet
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 6 weeks

I would without a doubt refer UBELONG to any of my friends. Even to someone with no interest in the specific volunteer projects, the experience as a whole is unbelievably cool. Ecuador is home to much of the world’s biodiversity making it one of the most beautiful and natural places on the globe. It is also home to the friendliest people I think I’ve ever met. I made such great friends during my time in the volunteer house and I left with an immense sadness in my heart that my experience was ending. The environment is extremely relaxed and you can travel with relative ease around the entire country. Also it’s very easy to completely immerse yourself in the culture and practice your Spanish. The one caution I would give is to make sure that there are other volunteers with you at all times. Being alone at the volunteer house would definitely hinder your ability to make the most of the experience. It’s important to have a group for many of the activities for safety reasons and making friends with the other volunteers was one of my favorite parts of being in Ecuador.

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  • Name: Paul McGuirk
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG provided my wife and I the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands and take part in important volunteer work. The flexibility of UBELONG and the reserve that we worked on was fantastic. We learned so much about the islands and why it was so important to do the work we were doing. If you want an opportunity to live on the island and to truly get in touch with the nature there, I highly suggest UBELONG. My wife and I will be using UBELONG for more adventures in the future.

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  • Name: Evan Gill
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I really can’t say enough good things about UBELONG. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this, with it being my first structured volunteer project over a few week span, but I came away thoroughly impressed. The setup and application process was a breeze. You have been extremely helpful and timely in your responses any time I have had questions. Finally, the people at the reserve were all extremely friendly and always open to help. I truly can’t say anything bad about the entire experience.

Read Evan’s Volunteer Interview in our Volunteer Abroad News section.

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  • Name: Blanca Gomez Garcia
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Locations: Quito, Cusco
  • Start date: July 2017
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I volunteered with UBELONG twice and even before leaving my first project in Peru, I knew I needed to have a similar experience the next experience so I finally decided to go to Ecuador. Both decisions were some of the most important I made in my life. Both of them, even though they were unique and completely different, it made me change the way I see and understand life. I’m very thankful to UBELONG since it made the experience both safe and very enjoyable. I would not only recommend but also encourage everyone to enjoy this incredible experience through UBELONG. I can’t wait for my next trip!!

Read Blanca’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Minali Nemani
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: December 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Because this was my first time volunteering abroad, I was really skeptical of most of the volunteer abroad programs. After hearing a lot of horror abroad stories (and reading a lot online), I almost backed out. However, I pushed through and decided to go with the UBELONG volunteer program. It just so happened to be that UBELONG offered exactly what I wanted for this international experience. They are really great at providing a culturally immersive program that was safe and educational.

After finishing the program, I have to say that it was an AMAZING experience and that I have already recommended to so many of my friends and family to go through UBELONG if they ever want to volunteer abroad. I never once felt unsafe or alone while I was there and that was definitely something that I think is very important when you go to a completely foreign country by yourself.

Read Minali’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Kayla Vanderwall
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a fantastic organization that allows people of all ages to experience serving in any country they’d like, for however long they’d like. I was hoping that I would contribute more to the community and make more of a difference, but I feel like I definitely got more out of the experience than what I contributed. The nurses and doctors I worked with definitely made me feel welcome and let me contribute to the clinic, but I was definitely not needed. Nonetheless, I had a great experience and would recommend it.

Read Kayla’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Nkosi Ellis
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I joined the UBELONG program, because I wanted to make an impact to the environment and the society here in the Galapagos. Being a tourist I would just sight see and only see the good things, but being a volunteer I’m able to see what’s really going on behind the scenes.

I feel like I got stronger with all the activities we did and my knowledge was expanded, because I went out of my comfort zone. It’s great in the Galapagos and UBELONG is a great group to work with!

Watch Nkosi’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Emma Barr
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Tourists take away and I wanted to give. I feel better about volunteering than touring, I feel that I made a difference during the UBELONG trip. It was different, but a good type of difference and stretch out of your comfort zone. I was nervous, but got used to it really quick.

Watch Emma’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Leila Barwick
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG programs are more full filling, we are deeper in the culture. It really pushed you past your breaking point, but it’s a good stretch. Go for it, it’s an amazing experience and you’ll love it!

Watch Leila’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Anne Weston
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG programs are a great opportunity to get students out of the classroom, pursue some of their interests and take on some alternative educational experiences. It’s a perfect combination of getting kids out of their comfort zone, out in a place where they can really get in touch with how blessed they are back at home and help them see their role in making the world a better place.

Watch Anne’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Angel Pica
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

I want to thank UBELONG for preparing and assisting me with my volunteer week in the Ecuadorian Amazon! I might not of come across such an amazing place to volunteer and visit!

Read Angel’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jacob Humerick
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration: 3 weeks

If you are interested in traveling in a way that allows you to get deeper than the surface level, and if you are interested in doing good within a community (both with other volunteers and on site), I would highly recommend working with UBELONG in Ecuador. Their program opens up a whole new realm of possibilities, allowing you to explore parts of Quito and the rest of the country you never otherwise would have been able to, all while giving back while you are passing through. UBELONG’s team makes you feel at home throughout the whole process, and will make you wish you could stay longer.

Read Jacob’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Margaret Daly
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG was so helpful, especially during the planning and preparing for my trip. They clearly have their system down, from their website, to selecting volunteers, to preparing volunteers for travel, to sharing valuable knowledge with those who choose to volunteer through them. I am so grateful for their aid and kindness in my whole experience abroad: the weeks leading up to my departure, the time spent at the reserve, and when I returned home. Thank you UBELONG for allowing my interests to compile into an amazing learning, traveling, and volunteering experience in the Galapagos Islands!

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  • Name: Haley Campbell
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG is a great organization that provides quality service opportunities. My experience with them really could not have been better. The community partners they work with and their in-country service team and support were better than I could have ever imagined. I’m so happy to have worked with them and I would again in a heartbeat. I absolutely recommend them for any service opportunity you may want to pursue.

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  • Name: Kimberly Young
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: March 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

From application to my final service day, UBELONG provided me with the perfect amount of support! This organization is doing amazing things to promote international service and social justice. I am proud to be apart of the wonderful community and I would recommend it to anyone interested in gaining a new perspective. I look forward to planning my next service with UBELONG!

Read Kimberly’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Mykaelah Mercer
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG is an incredible organization that provides powerful and affordable opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to have an impact globally in the various areas of interest they specifically have. If you are looking for a way to make a difference, whether short-term like a week or long-term like a year, UBELONG is a great place to start that jouney.

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  • Name: Sierra Hatfield
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG truly cares about the people. This is not a travel or tourism company – UBELONG focuses on creating a positive impact on the world through volunteering and teamwork. The opportunity to travel is just a bonus!

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  • Name: Jake Barnett-Hill
  • Nationality: United States
  • Locations: Amazon, Galapagos
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 12 weeks

I loved my volunteer experience with UBELONG. I spent 3 months in Ecuador, both in the Amazon and the Galapagos. My UBELONG mentor was very helpful before and during my trip and the local staff were fantastic. I did satisfying and meaningful volunteer work. I got to see monkeys, caimans, sea lions and giant tortoises. Overall a great experience.

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  • Name: Ashley Adams
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG was an extremely memorable and worthwhile experience. It was more affordable, convenient, and safer than travelling alone as a tourist. I love teaching and helping others, so I felt that volunteer teaching English with kids was a rewarding opportunity. I also made many friendships with both local residents and other volunteers.

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  • Name: Riley Frackleton
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG really understands how to run successful volunteer programs with the lowest possible costs. The accommodations at my service location were great and the support along the way was fantastic. UBELONG understands how much information is necessary to prepare their volunteers and how much should be left for discovery.

Read Riley’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Amanda Edgerton
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

To me a review comes down to a few key questions:
• Would you do it again? My answer is yes, I would do it again. It was something that changed me in a positive manner.
• How were the people you worked with? Every single person I was in contact with was great. Adriana was very helpful and answered questions quickly even if I take forever to answer her. At the reserve itself, Isabella, Fernando and Cesar were helpful, professional, patient, and ALWAYS had a great sense of humor. They were fun to hang out with and they taught me so much.

Read Amanda’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Michelle Maxwell
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG is a world-class organization. I knew when I found them, that I’d have a lifelong relationship with them. Two volunteer trips in and many more to go! I strongly recommend UBELONG. They simplify international volunteering and are really making a difference in the world.

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  • Name: Jared Becker
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: April 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

I could not be happier with my UBELONG experience. From the very beginning, I noticed their passion—not just for service but for the volunteers who wanted to share in their passion. Their pre-trip preparations settled any questions or fears I had before departure. The service project exceeded all of my expectations. They even continue to contact you once you arrive home because they genuinely care about you and your experience. I would not have had this experience if it weren’t for UBELONG.

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  • Name: Natalia Rodriguez
  • Nationality: Colombia
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG has a great and organized system which not only includes accommodations, meals and a volunteering projects, but most of all, includes irreplaceable experiences that not even the most expensive agency can provide. After my experience with UBELONG I am absolutely satisfied and sure that I want to repeat it sometime soon. Helping others is one of the easiest thing in earth, most of us have the capacity to do it, but not the courage to sign up on this kind of adventures. I have to accept that I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but after I started my journey on this adventure I didn’t want it to end. I want to thank UBELONG for making this dream possible for me and for giving me the opportunity to help others who need it.

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  • Name: Christine McCartney
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: July 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

After spending a week painting murals at a school for children with disabilities in Quito, Ecuador, I highly recommend the UBELONG organization to anyone wishing to have a adventurous service learning experience. As we finished up the murals, it was so great to see students who were signing up for school react to the new additions to the school. Our host family was so kind and welcoming and saw to it that we were able to spend our free time exploring their country and all it had to offer. They took us to the Equator, to hot springs tucked away in the Andes Mountains and to other, local spots that would help us experience and learn about the Ecuadorian culture. They cooked us delicious, home-cooked meals and treated us as friends.

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  • Name: Jessie Hoxie
  • Nationality: United States
  • Locations: Quito, Galapagos
  • Start date: July 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG is an incredible organization that promotes volunteerism, togetherness, and world experience. I chose to partner with UBELONG because they provided a safe and guided program in which I could travel abroad to make an impact in my field of interest. As a pre-Med student, the health care assistance project in Quito allowed me to explore medicine in a personal way and learn from the doctors, nurses, and patients.

Similarly, volunteering in the Galapagos allowed me to explore my interest in nature and conservation. UBELONG is well-organized and translates their passion for good deeds through the volunteers that choose to utilize them. I would recommend UBELONG to anyone who wanted to explore what the world has to offer and make a lasting impact along the way.

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  • Name: Jennifer Toutant
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: August 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

I would highly recommend UBELONG if you are looking for a worthwhile and meaningful volunteer experience. The organization is well-organized. I volunteered with a group in Ecuador and couldn’t ask for a better experience. The host family was incredible. I look forward to my next adventure with UBELONG!

Read Jennifer’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Rachel Gouveia
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

All in all, my experience with UBELONG was extremely positive. I met wonderful people, learned a lot about myself, other cultures, and the Galápagos Islands, and ate delicious food, all while exploring my dream travel destination under the guidance of a passionate and knowledgeable Ecuadorian native. When I had questions about the program logistics, they were answered promptly. When my parents were concerned about whether or not I had landed safely in the islands, they were able to contact someone in DC who quickly confirmed my arrival. The experience was pleasant and painless for me and my whole family!

Read Rachel’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Maria Ruiz
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Start date: August 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

This is my first time in a UBELONG volunteering project. It was a great experience to me, in all senses. Galapagos is a very special place for many reasons. The project was a good option to preserve the Islands natural environment and know the importance of the relationships between ecosystems and human action. I want to highlight the good quality of support and information provided for the organization, and also the great people without exception I met, especially the UBELONG staff.

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  • Name: Suzette Wafford-Turner
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: December 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I wanted to grow, be inspired, and have a cultural experience that would force me to push my boundaries. UBELONG was beyond an amazing program that was organized and made me feel safe. As a first time international traveler, I was excited and nervous about travelling abroad for the first time alone but my mentor made everything run smooth and was there every step of the way. The best thing I can say about UBELONG is your placement will be whatever you make it, it is all matter of you making a choice to take advantage of all that UBELONG will offer. From my project to many blissful nights with my host family I could not have asked for a better opportunity to be apart of something bigger. I would recommend UBELONG to anyone looking to volunteer in places that truly need it.

Read Suzette’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Rosa Eick
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Locations: Galapagos, Quito, Amazon
  • Start date: August 2015
  • Duration: 26 weeks

UBELONG is a great organization and there was always someone there, if I had any questions or problems. Everything is well organized. Perfect!

Read Rosa’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Clement Ching-y Lai
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

“UBELONG is a great organization that provide students an affordable yet memorable volunteer experience. From great man- management, to perfectly executed schedules and programs, they can provide a once in a lifetime experience that can be genuinely enriching and eye-broadening.”

Read Clement’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

  • Name: Nikki Chapman
  • Nationality: United States
  • Locations: Amazon, Galapagos, Cusco
  • Start date: June 2014
  • Duration: 5 weeks

“Overall, I had an incredible experience with UBELONG and highly recommend the organization to anyone who has a passion for volunteering abroad. The prices were reasonable, the projects are effective and my mentor was super helpful in preparing me for my trips. UBELONG has been very flexible and personable with me throughout my experience. I am so thankful that UBELONG extended me a credit to finish my trips that I had to cut short the year before due to personal reasons at home. This year, when my mom became worried that I did not answer my phone in the Amazon, Adriana was able to get a hold of me after a chain of phone calls that finally reached the reservation. Also, my project at the public school in Cusco was cut short unexpectedly due to holidays. However, Kim did a great job of helping me start on another project last minute. Hopefully I will be able to volunteer with UBELONG in the near future. Thank you for allowing me to volunteer with you!”

Read Nikki’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Erik Knapp
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: August 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I knew I wanted to volunteer abroad and once I found out about UBELONG, I knew they were the perfect fit for me to volunteer with. Their dedication to making an impact in local communities is what really separated UBELONG from other organizations and once I was in-country, this dedication to developing relationships within the community and making an impact within local communities was so easy for me to see and made my project that much more special.

Read Erik’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Emily Armstead
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: August 2015
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG is a unique program that provides the opportunity for volunteers to make an impact on individuals around the world while simultaneously learning about themselves. I would recommend UBELONG to any person seeking an adventure, the joy of giving back, and the experience of a lifetime.

Read Emily’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Ana Catarina
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I had a great experience with UBELONG, and I certainly made the right call when I decided to invest in one of their programs. It’s great being able to choose exactly how many weeks you want to volunteer for. And there are so many interesting countries and projects that makes it hard to decide in which program to participate. Also, the support during the entire experience is more than enough; I felt that I could reach them anytime, and before the departure I saw all my doubts and worries clarified. Everything is set up so that you have the most safe, incident-free experience, and that you have a little taste of the country where you decide to volunteer. International volunteering is, without a doubt, an experience that will change your life.

Read Ana’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Jessica Brownstein
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

My experience with UBELONG has been incredible. I had the experience to work in a foreign country while immersing myself in a new culture and language. I had an incredible opportunity to learn about medicine, a new country, and myself. I only have positive things to say about my experience with UBELONG and would recommend this program to everyone!

Read Jessica’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Roberto Velazquez Ayala
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 1 week

I went to Ecuador with UBELONG to do forest conservation/restoration at the Amazon rainforest. I spent 1 week at the project and I cannot speak highly enough of this organization.

UBELONG partners up with local non-profit organizations in different cities for you to do a placement. The local team looked after the volunteers from the moment they landed to the moment they leave. They also provide with a lot of useful information on the country and what you are likely to be doing in order to support the community.

As I was mentioned earlier, I stayed 1 week in the Amazon rainforest, which was the perfect amount of time given that it was my first time volunteering abroad. In reflection, I think it would have been great to stay longer. Not only would I have been able to get a lot more out of the experience but also it is simply better for the communities that you’re working in to stay as long as you can and to provide as much help as possible.

I would totally consider doing another volunteer project with UBELONG in the future.

Read Roberto’s Volunteer Interview in our Volunteer Abroad News section.

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  • Name: Maria Abad
  • Nationality: Ecuador
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

I was a bit nervous because I had never gone out of town that far to go volunteering, but UBELONG proved to be the great organization people say it is. My UBELONG mentor was always eager to answer any questions and help me as much as possible. I’m very satisfied and grateful with UBELONG for allowing me such an adventure!

Read Maria’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Pamela Wright
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG facilitated such an incredible and meaningful volunteer experience for me! I loved the fact that once I was placed in the local organization, I really was doing LOCAL work in an established and well-respected nonprofit. I felt like UBELONG was highly geared towards actually making a real impact on the local community, even if you only have a little time (rather than some of the volunteer organizations I’ve looked into, which seem to be more focused on the volunteers and their travel experience, rather than truly helping the community). All the pre-departure information and mentoring made me feel organized and confident going into the trip, and I felt like the prep booklet was thorough and realistic. I definitely plan to do another UBELONG volunteer trip in the future!

Read Pamela’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Zacky Ezedin
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Amazon
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Volunteering through UBELONG is a great way to broaden your horizons while experiencing the joy of being part of a positive global cause. UBELONG offers a wide selection of places and a variety of work to choose from making it an ideal organization to volunteer through – especially when one considers the costs!

Read Zacky interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Linnea Menin
  • Nationality: United States
  • Locations: Amazon, Galapagos
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG is a really great organization. They do a really great job of providing a big selection of different volunteer projects all over the world that are both affordable, and exciting. What I really like about UBELONG is that they don’t really have a maximum or minimum amount of time you have to volunteer with them. This means that in the future, when I want to travel but only have 2 weeks or so of vacation time, I will definitely go through them again because I know I can have a great experience. I was also really amazed by how much they care about their volunteers and how willing they are to help you.

Read Linnea’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Avani Patel
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Quito
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG is affordable, friendly, and secure. UBELONG provides, by far, one of the most enriching and rewarding volunteer abroad experiences that an be had. From day one, you will feel included and as if you’re already part of a family before you’ve even began your assignment. I would definitely recommend UBELONG to anyone looking to volunteer abroad.

Read Avani’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Amber Case
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 1 week

I think UBELONG is a wonderful program. I would love to participate in more projects with them. The preparation handbook was extremely helpful and thorough. I was also impressed with the reserve that I was paired up with.

Read Amber’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Grayce Belvedere-Young
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: April 2012
  • Duration: 2 weeks

We made a difference in the short time we were there. It’s incredible what 20 motivated people can do in such a short time. Everybody was committed to working hard and leaving a small but meaningful impact behind. We were part of a chain of volunteers doing great things, and that was very rewarding. Cutting down the mora  [an invasive species in the Galapagos] was a big impact we made.

Additionally, we formed many new friendships. We all learned from each other. And finally, it made us all more aware of the world we live in and how important conservation is.

Read Grayce’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Diane Berthel
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Galapagos
  • Start date: April 2012
  • Duration: 2 weeks

In regards to the service piece, I believe the best way to understand people is to work with them and see them in action. This was an opportunity to do so; to work alongside Ecuadorians in the thick of protecting the Galapagos environment.

In our work at home we’re so used to being strategic and looking at the big picture. But in the Galapagos I was just a very small piece looking at a narrow part of the overall effort. And that was very enlightening, to be able to step back and understand that alone you can’t change the world, but collectively we can.

Read Diane’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Caroline Rehrl
  • Nationality: Austria
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: August 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I learned a lot and volunteering changed my life in a positive way.

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  • Name: Gabriella Cadena
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks

Before I began my UBELONG journey, I was nervous and apprehensive. All of that changed as soon as the local team picked me up from the airport and I was greeted with smiles and hugs. The next day I had my orientation and began to explore the city I would call home for the next six weeks. I learned how to take the bus to my Urban Reforestation project and began my journey. The six weeks I spent in Merida were incredible. They tested my work ethic, pushed me to try new things, and helped me learn and to grow as a person. I had never been away from home or traveled alone before, but after completing my project, I feel more confident in myself and have made memories and friends along the way. During orientation, we were told the saying “Tourists expect to be served, volunteers expect to serve.” I often thought of this during my trip and it helped me to keep me an open mind and commit myself to the experience. I would love to come back to volunteer for UBELONG and would recommend it to anyone who has been thinking about volunteer work but isn’t sure where to begin. Thank you for having me!

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  • Name: Caden Nixon
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks

I had a great experience with UBELONG. From the moment we arrived until the time we left we were treated with respect. Our in country reps were excited and friendly which made us feel right at home. I learned a lot about volunteer service and international health, I’ll never forget my time with UBELONG.

Read Caden’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Sean Haskell
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 5 weeks

I have always been very skeptical of companies that market volunteer tourism. They always seemed too heavy on vacation and too light on work. However, I was very impressed with the affordability and organization of UBELONG. I had a wonderful experience that was focused on people, not places. Although there was plenty of time to see landmarks and other beautiful locations, the emphasis was always on the people we were serving, which was much more rewarding than a sight-seeing trip.

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  • Name: Rahul Gupta
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

We had a great time, met lots of new people, visited amazing sites (especially the Maya Ruins) and ate great food. Teaching was the best option I could have chosen as the kids were lovely and grateful. I feel they appreciated the work done and this is amazing. I truly recommend this experience, and I hope to repeat it in the future.

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  • Name: Jordyn Hansen
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG is a great, sustainable volunteer experience. The guest house feels like home after just a few days there, the supervisors are always willing to help, and the projects are worthwhile. You won’t regret volunteering with UBELONG!

Read Jordyn’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

 

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  • Name: Eva-Maria Tipotsch
  • Nationality: Austria
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is a great organization who connects volunteers and institutions who need help like day-cares, schools, hospitals and orphanages and environmental initiatives. UBELONGs local teams know the local institutions of the cities and make the connection.

Read Eva-Maria’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Magdalena Mihaylova
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG provides a great balance of both guidance and independence that aids an immersive and fun experience. I felt like part of a community, but I also was able to discover things on my own. The structure of the program, additionally, allowed for a genuine experience, not one of voluntourism; through autonomy, I was able to speak with everyday Meridian. I made lifelong friends with both other volunteers and locals. At the end of my experience, I felt enriched, adapted, and totally happy.

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  • Name: Katja Goller
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: October 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I had a great time with UBELONG in Mexico. Everything worked out well. Leo waited late at night at the airport to pick me up and drop me off at the hostel. The orientation day was very helpful and I really appreciated that Martina and Leo showed us around and visited our projects with us on this day.
Whenever we had trouble with anything or a hard time far away from home, they were always there and listened to us.
To sum up, I had a wonderful and awesome time in Mexico and I miss it almost every day.
Thanks for this experience.

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  • Name: Casten Mata
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: September 2017
  • Duration: 10 weeks

Working with UBELONG was an amazing life-changing experience and at the end you feel insanely accomplished and satisfied. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to volunteer.

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  • Name: Kathrin Boehme
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 5 weeks

Choosing UBELONG was a good decision for me! During my time in Mexico I never felt unsafe or not welcomed. The local team was always there if I needed anything or had questions – they even helped me in a funny way to improve my Spanish. The people at my project were so friendly as well, I am happy I could work with them.

Read Kathrin’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Kelsea Mensh
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG has gifted me with some of my most beautiful memories and experiences of my life. I did a teaching program in Cusco, Peru and then again in Mérida, Mexico and both experiences couldn’t have been more positive. The staff during both trips were extremely helpful and kind and I still keep in touch with many people who I met during my work there. I am so grateful for UBELONG for giving so many people like me the opportunity to make a difference and help people.

Read Kelsea’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Andrew Gula
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: March 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

I think UBELONG is an amazing affordable program for anyone who wants to explore, help out, and make a difference. They made it so easy for me to find the program that worked for me and had someone waiting to pick me up when I landed and show me around. At the hostel I stayed, one of the other volunteers got sick for two days and kept vomiting. The staff there were concerned the entire time and kept checking in with me and the other volunteers to see how she was doing. Everyone involved was friendly and helpful and made the whole experience smooth and amazing. I would recommend it to anyone and would gladly take another trip again!

Read Andrew’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Sonja Tacke
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I was in Merida from January to March. It was the best decision I ever made. UBELONG supported me and gave me answers for all my questions before I started the trip. Once in Merida, I was welcomed by Martina and Leo, these two wonderful ladies who helped me in every situation. They showed up at the hostel nearly every day and were open to answer all my questions. They tried to find solutions for any inconvenient cicumstances. I felt safe and in good company.

The hostel was great, I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere – for me nothing to complain at all. We even had the luxury of a swimming pool which I used every afternoon. Food was prepared extremly tasty – I enjoyed the different flavors and drinks every day.

Martina introduced me to the daycare team and walked with me the first day from the hostel in the North of Merida to the south where the daycare is located. Due to the streetsystem of even and uneven numbers it´s easy to get around.

I would recommend UBELONG at any time. Everything seemed very well organized. No problems before and during my stay. I can only thank for the extremely good time I spent in Mexico.

Read Sonja’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Olivia Artho
  • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 7 weeks

I think UBELONG is the perfect organisation for volunteering. Even though I’m not living in USA the communication with my mentor worked pretty well and I didn’t have to do a lot of paperwork for being a volunteer. UBELONG organised everything like picking me up at the airport or they explained me how I get to the orphanage. The local team leaders and the people from the orphanage helped me to feel like I never lived somewhere else. I enjoyed my stay in Mexico a lot and I hope I can visit them soon again.

Read Olivia’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Mario Pucci
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a superb volunteer organization. You feel like you are a part of a family when you volunteer with UBELONG. You get to fully immerse yourself into the cultures of your host country while creating a positive impact. Do not second guess this opportunity and take a chance at something new and exciting.

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  • Name: Lydia Trudel
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

The UBELONG Team fulfilled their promises. As told, they allowed a secured environment for my stay, procured me great food and housing, and assigned me a unique volunteering project, all that supervised by a set of friendly staff. I recommend it to anyone eager of novelties in their life.

Read Lydia’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Renee Marie Laurent
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: April 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

Having a chance to go abroad and help make an impact while there was very rewarding. I believe I learned more about the culture and people by doing hands on work than if I had just visited. The UBELONG Local Team was welcoming and prepared us extremely well for what we may encounter while in Merida and made the trip very enjoyable!

Read Renee’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Carilyn Lueck
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

If you’re looking for an excellent volunteer program, UBELONG is it. The UBELONG Team helps every step of the way, and the programs that they offer allow for you to make an impact while still being affordable.

Read Carilyn’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Meghan Sobbott
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: March 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I had an amazing experience with UBELONG and took away so much from my time in Merida. Before heading off to Mexico UBELONG left me fully prepared and excited to help volunteer in a different culture. The accommodations and meals that UBELONG set us up with were great and the local team was very friendly and always there if I ever needed anything. All in all a wonderful experience for me and I look forward to my next volunteer trip wherever that may be.

Read Meghan’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Olivia Harvell
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

An incredible trip that every high school graduate (or anyone of any age) should experience. I will definitely recommend this program to my classmates/ my school and encourage them to choose UBELONG. 5 stars hands down!!!

Read Olivia’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Hsuan-wen Wang
  • Nationality: Taiwan
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: September 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

This Mexico Volunteer trip was amazing, people form Mexico are just so nice and sweet. You don’t even need to be worry about how to fit in the local culture, they just took you in so naturally. The Mexico local team is very organized and trustable. Leo and Martina are very sweet, they always ask what you need or if you have any trouble to do the volunteer project work. They take you to look around the city in the very first day, they recommend you the restaurants you can go and also recommend you some places you can tourist when you have free time. I ask so many questions all the time, they were always willing to answer me without give me any attitude. So I really appreciated their patient and kindness. My mentor Barbara from UBELONG is so nice and organized, she always provided me detail step by step what should I do in order to go to Mexico. I will never miss any important documented as long as you follow the step she give to you. I have a lot of issue in my flight states because I have a winter storm in where I live during the time I am flight to Mexico. She is flexible and nice to let me change my flight states all the time. I am really appreciated what she done for me too.

Read Hsuan-wen’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Sam Chen
  • Nationality: United States & Tawain
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: October 2016
  • Duration: 10 weeks

UBELONG is an unique organization that actually is making real impact on the communities. Everything is real. I would recommend UBELONG to anyone who wants to make real change and is willing to challenge him or herself. Also, the UBELONG volunteers are definitely top of the line.

Read Sam’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Peter Baldischweiler
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

From the start until I returned home everything done by UBELONG was organized very well and professional. My contact in Merida did support and help me when ever I needed them. On my first day Martina met me in the morning explaining to me how everything works, she showed me how to get around Merida and to my project. We went there together to met the teachers and director of the school to discus my work for the next four weeks. I am fully satisfied with how everything was organized. I did not have to worry about anything witch made my stay very enjoyable.

Read Peter’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Lijia Wang
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: January 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

This organization has created such a supportive and safe structure for anyone who wants to travel and make a difference. I love that I can believe that the work we do for UBELONG actually helps, because of the way they set up long-term projects that won’t simply fade away after the volunteers leave. Despite being in a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language perfectly, I always felt safe and I had people to turn to if I ever needed anything. The staff supervisors of the projects are all incredibly friendly and helpful; they provided insider info on all the best places to visit, on safety, and how to best accomplish work in our placements. The places they found for us (the UBELONG Volunteer House, the work placements, the volunteer restaurant) all provided such incredible experiences for us to help and get to know the culture. Between work, we were given a healthy amount of freedom and time to explore this place thoroughly, and the location was packed with people and places to discover!

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  • Name: Katja Goller
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: October 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I had a great time with UBELONG in Mexico. Everything worked out well. The Local Team Leader waited late at night at the airport to pick me up and drop me off at the hostel. The orientation day was very helpful and I really appreciated that the UBELONG Local Team Leaders, Martina and Leo, showed us around and visited our projects with us on this day. Whenever we had trouble with anything or a hard time far away from home, they were always there and listened to us.

To sum up, I had a wonderful and awesome time in Mexico and I miss it almost every day. Thanks for this experience.

Read Katja’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Sahra Urbanczyk
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG was such a big experience. It was the most amazing time of my life. My project was so good. The kids were so cute and happy. I fell in love with them. Absolutely incredible! All my questions were answered by Martina and Leo. There were so nice people. The location in Merida was very safe.  UBELONG makes it super easy to integrate into the local community.

Thanks for everything, UBELONG!

Read Sahra’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Vincent LeBlanc
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: March 2016
  • Duration: 10 weeks

UBELONG turned out to be exactly what I was looking for: Direction. After switching majors in college a couple of times I knew that I needed to take some time off and re-assess my life. I chose to join UBELONG in Mérida, Mexico. While I was there I had the space and the time to put my life into perspective. Immersing myself inside a totally new culture and in an environment rich in flora and fauna but not as rich monetary wise, really opened my eyes. The location is great. The culture is rich. The city is safe. The people are warm and friendly. The UBELONG local team is very supportive and a great help and become great friends. Looking back at my 10 week experience I am completely satisfied. Thank you.

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  • Name: Wasiliki Pitouli
  • Nationality: Greece
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG – the best choice! It was always my dream to travel to Mexico and when I read the first time about UBELONG and their projects I thought “wow that’s it” but I still wasn’t sure. I had some thoughts about “can you trust them, you will be alone, far from home, in a country that you don´t know etc.”. But it sounded so good that I thought “ok, Kiki give it a try and apply””, and so I did it. And now, already back in Germany I can say “It was one of the best choices that I’ve ever made”!!! UBELONG is more than a trustworthy organisation that helps people around the world! From my very first contact with my mentor and the local team in Mexico I felt in good hands! They response always quickly, were answering to all my questions and the pre-departure preparation is great! I’ve got all the information about UBELONG, the local team, my accommodation, the country, the people… about everything that I’ve needed and more. And during my stay, UBELONG always takes care and takes the work seriously. I’ve never felt unsure or unsafe – and that is very important. There are so many positive things to say about UBELONG.I would not only recommend UBELONG, I will do my next trip again with UBELONG! Thank you so much for everything, not only for the great organization and the support but as well for the experience that I’ve made with you! It changed my life, and I’ve got a new point of view!

Read Wasiliki’s Volunteer Interview in our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Amelia Waters
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and experience a completely different culture than the one in which I had grown up. I was able to meet and build relationships with so many people, and I truly felt that my work made a difference. My mentors and local team leaders were always supportive, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity!

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  • Name: Patricia Laubschat
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: November 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

Thank you for giving me this chance! Lived my dream… now its time for another one 🙂

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  • Name: Melissa Harris
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: May 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG was a great organization to volunteer with! I researched over 10 different charitable organizations initially, and UBELONG offered a complete package with reasonably low fees. They have access to great placements throughout the region, no matter what area you would like to work in. Additionally, the accommodations, leadership, and support network are second to none. You feel safe working in a foreign country with UBELONG, but they also allow you to have free time to explore your surroundings. You learn so much about the region, the culture, and the people! It was a perfectly balanced experience, and I would recommend that other volunteers choose UBELONG to facilitate their international volunteer experiences. The whole trip was seamless!

Read Melissa’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Colleen Clary
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

My experience with UBELONG was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. I am typically a very shy and reserved person, so getting out of my comfort zone and traveling to another country alone was a big step. The local team in Merida were very welcoming and helped me to acclimate to the change. Everyone in Merida, from the people at the volunteer house, the staff and the local team I worked with made my stay in Merida memorable. I made close friends with many of the people here and will always remember this experience fondly. The work I did felt meaningful, and I never felt as though I was out of place, even with the language barrier. The team I worked with was welcoming from day one and it was always the highlight of my day to arrive at work to see a bunch of smiling faces waiting to hug me once I walked through the gate. I would recommend this experience to anyone who asks!

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  • Name: Jamie Bears
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: March 2016
  • Duration: 1 week

Overall volunteering with UBELONG was a fantastic experience. I felt as though I had a community behind me assisting me throughout this journey in my life. I only volunteered for a week, due to the fact I’m older and have a career, but I still found everyone to be helpful throughout the volunteer experience! All my questions were answered timely and accurately. I hope in the future to volunteer with UBELONG again!

Read Jamie’s Volunteer Interview in our Volunteer Abroad News section.

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  • Name: Jessica Swanson
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with UBELONG. Every last detail was organized, and I feel that I was able to contribute and make a difference in the local community. The city and my placement in Merida were very safe. I made life-long friends during my time in Mexico. UBELONG makes it easy to integrate into the local community so the volunteer can focus on giving back. I am already planning my next trip with this wonderful organization. Thank you so much, UBELONG!

Read Jessica’s interview on our Volunteer Abroad News section.

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  • Name: Lucia Hebendanz
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Being a volunteer with UBELONG was a great experience. The pre-departure booklet was a good help as well as the videos on YouTube. I had an amazing time being in Mexico with UBELONG. The local team was great and other volunteers became good friends pretty soon. I knew I could always talk to someone in case I needed something. Also I liked the different projects. For me working at the business development project I was able to see the other projects. I interviewed people and took pictures of the different projects. I have learned a lot and had a great experience in that field. The team was very nice. Thank you so much for everything!

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Volunteering with UBELONG was one of the best things that have happened in my life. From making new, and surely long-lasting friendships, to discovering a new world and discovering myself, it has been an invaluable experience which I would totally repeat again if I had the chance to. Helping out in the environmental project really made me feel like helping to make a better world, and most importantly, setting an example of behavior towards nature for the local people. Teaching English equally made me realize how lucky I am of being able to speak more than one language, and I was glad to share my knowledge with my students, to open their mind a little bit, make them see more than just Mérida, help them realize how big and adventurous the world really is.

Read Carlos’ volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Lisa Shrosbree
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 7 weeks

UBELONG was the best experience of my life. I felt comfortable right away with you as my mentor over email answering my questions whenever I had them and for following up on me in México. I feel so fortunate that I had Martina & Leo guiding me for the duration of my trip. I became really close to them and it was hard to say goodbye. They are perfect for their jobs, they are so educated, care about their jobs, mentees, and people at the worksites, and they are just fun to be around! I also want to say that I think that UBELONG gives you the right amount of independency on both the projects and at the hostel/free time. The hostel was perfect. At first I was disappointed there wasn’t a homestay option, but I’m so glad I didn’t because I would have never been able to meet people from all around the world, room with other UBELONGers who became my best friends, as well as get to participate in all the activities there. Safety was never a concern either, which I really appreciated it. The only negative I had for the program was that the food situation was not good. All of my roommates got sick at some point from the lunches, and often the meat was undercooked. The kitchen it was made in was not clean either. I understand the woman cooking was a lovely lady and they had established a relationship with her, but the volunteers’ wellbeing is important. Towards the end of the trip, we were eating at a different restaurant which was a lot better in terms of cleanliness and quality of the food. I want to end on a good note by saying that this was the best decision I ever made- to volunteer with UBELONG and I will definitely be participating with you all in the future again. I am really impressed with all of the people that work for UBELONG and the mission that they share. I had the opportunity to meet Cedric, and I am just so grateful that he started this program and continues to expand it. I tell everyone about my trip and people who I think may be interested in the future. I plan to keep in touch with all the people I met with for the rest of my life. Thank you for such a great opportunity.

Read Lisa’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Anne Hiller
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 8 weeks
UBELONG is a really great organization with so many different projects and places in the world that it is not easy to decide where to start volunteering. It was good to be supervised and so it was also always possible to have a direct contact person which made the stay really comfortable. Although the communication was sometimes bad for changes (especially in the hostel regarding room changes etc.) I really appreciated all the work that Leo and Martina have done for us. In conclusion the whole volunteering was well planned and I didn’t have to organize much anymore myself due to good information material and consulting before the project.

Read Anne’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Natalie Meicher
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: January 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a fantastic organization because they have lots of programs in all different places around the world. They also allow you to choose how long you want to stay, so there’s no problem creating a volunteer trip that fits all of your needs. The UBELONG leaders on site were absolutely fantastic! They were extremely helpful in getting us comfortable with our project and even showing us all around Merida. However, there was some disorganization with figuring out the volunteer projects. I signed up for the trip to Merida because it was advertised that I’d be teaching English in schools, and I didn’t get to do that. I really enjoyed my project, but I wish I could’ve done what I signed up for.

Read Natalie’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Augusta Ahlm
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Merida
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

The team I worked with with UBELONG in Mexico was amazing! I cannot brag about them enough. They were so supportive and helpful and just caring wonderful people.

Read Augusta interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Nadia Meheidli and Onya Roehrig
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: August 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

It was an experience of a lifetime. We made great memories and we had an amazing experience with our host family, working arrangements and the activities we did in our free time. I would highly recommend it to everyone!

Read Nadia and Onya’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Oluwatosin Adegbola
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is easily one of the best options to use if you are committed to volunteering abroad, exploring a new country and doing so at a reasonable cost. The staff are kind and well-meaning and make themselves available as needed.

Read Oluwatosin’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Camille Ince
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Having the opportunity to volunteer in Costa Rica was an unforgettable experience. Knowing that you can help someone you don’t know and impact their lives in such a short time is what made this an heartwarming experience. Costa Rica taught me the importance of serving others and the importance of respect when experiencing different cultures. I have learned so much from this amazing opportunity.

Read Camille’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Modestea Doud
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG is a positively interesting program. It is professional and organized, while still accommodating volunteers with a familial attitude. I would recommend this program to others wishing to travel abroad. I plan to continue volunteering with the program as well.

Read Modestea’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Camille Ince
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Having the opportunity to volunteer in Costa Rica was an unforgettable experience. Knowing that you can help someone you don’t know and impact their lives in such a short time is what made this an heartwarming experience. Costa Rica as well as the project I worked in has taught me the importance of serving others and the importance of respect when experiencing different cultures. I have learned so much from this amazing opportunity.

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  • Name: Alexis Karayanis
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

My experience with UBELONG was completely life changing and eye opening. Volunteering with them was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. For anyone who wants to make a change in the world, as well as change personally in ways you never thought possible, UBELONG is for you.

Read Alexis’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Alexandra Haynes
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Throughout the planning process of the trip and the trip itself, UBELONG was very helpful and informative. Our mentor, Barbara, was always their to answer any questions we had and point us in the right direction. She gave us constant reassurance that we would be able to do meaningful work and have fun. While there, we had constant support from the local staff, so we felt safe at all times. They checked in on us often and even helped us plan every part of our weekend excursion. I would, and already have, recommend UBELONG to anyone who is considering volunteering abroad.

Read Alexandra’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Brenna Hattler
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: April 2018
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG is a great program that really makes sure you are helping the community in an impactful way, avoiding volunteer tourism. It is super easy to customize the program to fit your needs and I would recommend UBELONG to anyone interested in volunteering abroad.

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  • Name: Lauren Lustek
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: January 2018
  • Duration: 13 weeks

Volunteering in Cartago, Costa Rica with UBELONG is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I really valued choosing an organization that engages in responsible volunteering, and the local team was excellent in helping with anything I needed, making sure I was safe, and helping to connect me with things going on in the community. Over the past three months I have grown so much as an individual!

Read Lauren’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Leon Haupt
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 11 weeks

UBELONG is definitely the right organisation to pick when it comes to volunteering abroad. I experienced great support from both my mentor and the local team in Cartago, Costa Rica, in preparing my journey and upon arriving in Costa Rica. UBELONG has been working closely with my host family for quite some time and they have embraced me into their family from day one. I can fully recommend the project I was assigned to, namely working at a school for people with mental disabilities. The staff, as well as the students, were very kind and made my work much easier. Weekly meetings were held with the UBELONG Team to ensure that everything is going well. Given their knowledge and experience, they also helped me set up my weekend trips. I planned the project on short notice and the flexible project times allowed me to start on my wish date. UBELONG has proven to be an organisation that deserves its good reputation, because it is very well organised and combines volunteer work and having fun in discovering a new country, perfectly.

Read Leon’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Caitlin Fahey
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: January 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Volunteering with UBELONG allowed me to have a more authentic Costa Rican experience and volunteer abroad in a safe and socially responsible manner. Both UBELONG and the local team supported and cared for me from pre-departure until I was back home in the States. I really bonded with my host family and I was able to learn so much about their culture, their social service systems, and work on my Spanish language skills. I felt very safe and I was moved by how welcoming my agency, my host family, and the local team was. I would highly recommend volunteering through UBELONG to others, especially if you are traveling solo! With having UBELONG and the local team supporting you and taking the guesswork as well as the stress out of finding clean, safe, practical accommodation and an ethical agency to serve, it is worth the very affordable cost! My favorite things about volunteering with UBELONG were: the amazing local team and my UBELONG Mentor, my incredible host family, traveling with the other volunteers and learning about a Costa Rican social service agency.

Read Caitlini’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Addison Stanley
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: April 2017
  • Duration: 13 weeks

I cannot say enough great things about UBELONG. This organization gave me so many incredible opportunities that I am forever thankful for. All UBELONG staff that I worked with, such as my mentor and local team at my placement, were amazingly helpful and supportive during my entire trip. Throughout, I always felt very welcomed and cared for. I recommend UBELONG to anyone and everyone who is looking for an amazing volunteering experience. I am very grateful that I chose to work with this organization.

Read Addison’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Michael Olan
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 10 weeks

My time in Cartago, Costa Rica with UBELONG was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The team I worked with was incredibly open, and supportive in every way. These guys quickly became my second family, and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. After 10 weeks in Costa Rica, I have a new outlook on life, as well as a new language I can speak… Two things I hoped to have before the experience. I just want to say thank you UBELONG, you truly change lives, and are undoubtedly making the world a better place!

Read Michael’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Theresa Koxha
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG provided me with the experience of a lifetime. Not only was I able to work with and learn beside some of the most caring, and beautiful children I had ever met but I was also allowed to explore the Costa Rican culture and live like a real Tika. I will forever be grateful to the UBELONG team.

Read Theresa’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Laura Legere
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: July 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I will forever be thankful for my UBELONG experience. My journey to Costa Rica was absolutely life changing! There is not anything from my entire experience that I could complain about. I received a lot of help from my UBELONG Mentor before my trip and felt very prepared before I left. Upon arrival, the local team was there with support and knowledge about the country. I loved my project as well. Helping the underprivileged children of Cartago was amazing. Whether it was playing card games with them or helping them with their homework, I was always having a great time. UBELONG is such a unique way to chose to travel abroad, and I would recommend it to anyone. I look forward to doing more volunteer trips with them! 🙂

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  • Name: Thomas Gordon III
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: January 2014
  • Duration: 1 week

For me going to Costa Rica with UBELONG was a terrific experience. Not only because I got to experience another culture but because I was treated like family since the moment I landed. The UBELONG Local Team I worked with were phenomenal. It is definitely an experience i will remember my whole life.

Read Thomas’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Samantha Clarke
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I had a great experience on my UBELONG trip. Everyone that I interacted with through the organization was so nice and very friendly, and helpful. The in country team is amazing and they are so welcoming and clearly passionate about their work. The other volunteers were all super friendly. The project was also great, and very enjoyable. There is a good balance between work time and personal time, and Costa Rica as a country has so much to offer! I look forward to doing another trip with UBELONG in the future.

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  • Name: Blerim Cukovic
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: September 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

The volunteer project was incredibly rewarding. Care-giving, followed by painting, and restructuring was the best thing to do during the weekday. The wonderful and awe-inspiring kids at the orphanage were so kind, loving, playful, and respectful even to people they didn’t know and just met. After all they went through and that they are going through they still have enough power and energy to push through each day and smile. It is something you can’t forget. Working in a relatively small group orphanage gave the CPC team time to connect and form real bonds with these children. They left an impression on me that I can never forget. The motivation of the job and a great reason to get up every morning was to help those kids in the best way we can, by providing them with joy and an enhanced place to live. The advisors and host family were so helpful along the whole UBELONG journey! They were so welcoming and let you settle right into Costa Rica! Read the preparation pack, it will help you with most of your questions. If you still don’t feel sure, feel free to ask the UBELONG team members they will be glad to help you! Thank you UBELONG, for working with me on this groundbreaking, and enlightening experience!

Read Blerim’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Terese Gullo
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I recommend UBELONG’s program in Cartago, and especially in the community center for the elderly, to anyone hoping to use their Spanish to connect with an extremely positive and warm-hearted group of Ticos. I felt welcomed in every way and encouraged to share my background with the personnel and ‘adultos mayores’ at my project. Overall an unforgettable experience!

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  • Name: Kevin Baichoo
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG was my first time traveling abroad by myself, but it definitely won’t be my last. The experience of a different way of life, a different culture, and a different language all abroad can’t be captured by words. You have to try it for yourself!

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  • Name: Allissa Vigil
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: August 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG exceeded my expectations for my volunteer trip. While I had high hopes for this experience, in actuality it was like nothing I could have imagined. This organization was the most affordable program I could find, costing a fraction of what other organizations required, and yet the amount of support I received was absolutely priceless. This was the first time I have ever traveled to another country alone, and I felt completely secure in my plans. This was a life-changing, mind-altering experience and I am positive it will not be the last time I volunteer through UBELONG.

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  • Name: Maha Aziz
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: May 2014
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I visited Cartago, Costa Rice during the summer of 2014 with UBELONG. I volunteered in a home for children who were orphans or who came from troubled families.

From start to finish the experience was nothing less than amazing. I had never been on a volunteer journey like this before, but Raul Roman, my guide, gave me detailed and clear instructions to make sure that I was able to comfortably plan and prepare for my trip. He answered every question I had, and was also heavily involved in volunteering with the organization himself.

When it finally came time to go to Cartago, I was greeted at the airport by the Local Team Leaders. They were so friendly and were excited that I was going to be staying in Cartago for a month. They drove me to my homestay. My host mom had already arranged my room for me and was very warm and welcoming. During the course of my volunteering, I worked closely with the local team, who ensured that I was able to navigate the city and the bus routes, and that I was making an impact with my volunteering. On the weekends, they would help me plan trips to local sites like Tortuguero and the volcanoes. I cannot express in words how helpful they were to me during this experience.

My host mom was also incredible to me. She made sure I was fed everyday and that I had everything  I needed at home. She would take me around with her friends to explore the city in the evening after I was finished volunteering. I felt like a real Tica.

Working at my project was a life changing experience. Everyday I would work with kids who all had completely different stories and backgrounds. I loved hearing what they had to say and what they aspired to be. The center really gave them a safe place to grow and learn. The kids were placed in houses where they had a Doña who would cook, clean, and make sure that all the kids’ needs were taken care of. I would go around to each house and assist the children with their studies, homework, and even fun projects like arts, crafts and sports. I was originally supposed to teach English; however while I was there, the teachers of Cartago were on strike, so I had to cover many other subjects as well. It was overwhelming sometimes because working with kids can be a challenge, but it was unbelievable how much I learned from working with them.

I would definitely go back to Costa Rica to volunteer with UBELONG if I get the chance. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I will never forget it. Although sometimes it was hard, if I helped even one child or made one child’s day better while I was there, then it was totally worth it.

 

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  • Name: Karen Macatumbas
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Start date: May 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

The overall experience volunteering with UBELONG was more than just being part of an heartening community, internationally and locally. I was welcomed in an environment where I felt like I can contribute to meaningful work. Although volunteering in my project was very different than my normal day-to-day life, the knowledge I learned and relationships I made was an experience that I will always remember. Positive impact is created through participation that uplifts surrounding company by educating and exchanging ideas and culture.

Read Karen’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Eleanor Weekes
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 12 weeks

My time volunteering through UBELONG was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. However much you read and research before you leave you never really know what to expect, but in the end my time in Cartago was more eye-opening and rewarding than I ever would have imagined. As soon as I arrived and was met from the airport I knew I was in safe hands with UBELONG. My host family turned out to be a young couple, and made me feel extremely welcome right from the beginning. It was great to have my own space, but we also went on some trips and spent many afternoons with their wider family and I really enjoyed being able to experience authentic Costa Rican life and also try lots of their food! The wider support system through the guys from the local company was also much appreciated; they were always happy to help me out with any travelling I did and listen to any worries, and I learned huge amounts about Costa Rican culture through them. Memories of my volunteering project are always going to be in my heart and will always be able to make me smile. I worked in a school for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities and the amount of love and affection they gave me was unbelievable. I was greeted every morning with endless hugs and kisses and always received many more as the day went on! It would have been impossible not to feel content while at my project; the students clearly never felt that they were disadvantaged in life and were always so cheerful and enthusiastic. My days were very varied which meant it would have been impossible to ever be bored; I would do everything from teaching simple Maths to baking bread to helping in their chicken coop, and I loved everything I did. I could always see the contribution I was making as everyone else working at the school was a volunteer too, so every one of us made a huge difference to the school and the students. My favourite part of my project was whenever I was teaching and could see my students making real progress, it was so rewarding seeing my efforts paying off and it was great to see them learning skills that will help them in their lives. Finally, Costa Rica is a beautiful country with warm, welcoming people, and I loved having the opportunity to explore it. I managed to go on several trips and visit a lot of places, including beaches, volcanoes and rainforests, and saw a wide range of wildlife including sloths, monkeys and toucans. I met some wonderful people and saw breath-taking places, and was so glad to be able to see so many sides of the country. I would recommend spending time in Costa Rica to anybody.

Read Eleanor’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Marissa Miller
  • Nationality: United States
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG provides a great opportunity to make your mark on the world. From living with locals and volunteering in the local establishments, to having weekends free to travel, I was not disappointed in the least. The whole experience was heart-warming and the organization made it easy for me to enjoy my time. I can honestly say I made memories I will cherish my whole life, and I look forward to volunteering with them again in the future!

Read Marissa’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Anne Jubinal
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: August 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

It is difficult to put into words what a genuinely wonderful and warm-hearted experience I had during my volunteer experience in Cartago, Costa Rica. From the moment I arrived at the airport in San Jose, I was treated with the utmost respect and everything was so well coordinated with my transportation and getting to my host family’s residence.

First of all, it is a mutually beneficial experience to stay with a family in Cartago because you are welcomed into a new home with new people who have so much love and life experience to share with you. Be open with your host family and I promise you that you will make new life long friends!

Second of all, the Local Team Leaders are two inspiring and fabulous individuals– they make sure you are well prepared for your first day of volunteering, show you around their beautiful town, take the time to talk to you, and can recommend beautiful places to travel while in Costa Rica when you have free time.

I can speak from the volunteer experience of working at a local site, a home for children where they are taken care of by wonderful, compassionate caretakers. Every day was an absolute delight working with the children and staff there. Every one makes you feel so welcome. You have to remember that while you are here to volunteer and help children with their English skills and help care for them (or whatever your specific project may be), that you are being welcomed to a place that is not your own and that as much as you have to share with the people you are volunteering for, they have just as much to share and teach YOU as well.

You will learn so much about yourself and how to be of service to others; how to step outside of the narrow lens we tend to view the world through sometimes.

A typical day at the project was working with either a small group of children or one on one with a child on their English homework or playing outside with them. The children APPRECIATE you so much and love getting to know you and you will enjoy every minute you have with them. You learn so much from these children and I was truly humbled to be allowed into their homes. Lunch time is also a very communal experience where everyone sits downs and eats together. Meal times in Costa Rica, particularly lunch time, are really important and have an hour set aside for them. It is such a wonderful change of pace, particularly if you are coming from the States. During your free time there are so many amazing natural wonders to experience in Costa Rica and you can count on the local team or your host family to help you with any suggestions.

You will cherish your UBELONG Costa Rica volunteer experience forever. I am so grateful to experience this journey alongside the warm-hearted and beautifully spirited people of Costa Rica.

  • Name: Jessica Vogel
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG was a great company and they took many steps to ensure that I enjoyed my volunteer trip! They gave me all of the details about my trip so I knew what to expect when I arrived to Costa Rica and there was always someone in contact with me, even while I was there, to make sure that I was enjoyed my time and to give me advice about fun things I can also do when I wasn’t volunteering. I was able to travel and experience an opportunity of a lifetime through UBELONG.

Read Jessica’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Ali Tateosian
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: January 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

I am so thrilled with my experience in Cartago through UBELONG. I was interested in traveling after I graduated from college and before starting work full time but I wanted more than the typical tourist experience. Living in Cartago for 6 weeks turned out to be the perfect fit! I was paired with a very friendly and generous host family who made sure I had all the (delicious) food I needed, knew my way around and was comfortable during my stay. The living arrangements were very clean and I was able to have my own space. My 3 years of high school Spanish classes were pretty rusty but the language came back to me over my stay. People were very patient with my Spanish speaking and I knew there were people around who spoke English if I ever needed that. I volunteered at the elderly care center. The local workers were incredibly friendly and inviting. I had a lot of fun working with the elderly and I liked the feeling that I made a positive impact on their day. A highlight was the days we danced at the care center, everyone got very excited about the activity and smiled the whole time.  I also had plenty of opportunity to explore the local area, after work and on weekends. During my stay I traveled with some friends I made to the beach and traveled by bus to Nicaragua. I still am in contact with friends I made in my short stay. I would highly recommend the Cartago program through UBELONG to anyone who wants to experience a different culture through interactions with the local people and day to day life.

Read Ali’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Bethan Ellis
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: June 2014
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Embarking on a spontaneous trip to Costa Rica with very little planning and a questionable knowledge of the Spanish language was one of the scariest things I have done in my life to date. Yet within a week of my month long volunteering experience I knew it was going to be one of the greatest decisions I have made. Geographically I was thousands of miles away from my family but immersed in Cartago’s friendly ambiance and welcomed with open arms by every member of my host family, I felt at home.

I volunteered for a month in a centre for disadvantage youths with an aim to teach English. My aim to teach English was achieved nevertheless my role within the organisation expanded beyond my initial expectations. Day-to-day life was never boring or monotonous, with every day providing exciting learning and teaching experiences. I was able to display my artistic flare in craft sessions with the children and made use of my fifteen years of dance training in dance classes and talent shows. I even furthered my own dance education with reggaeton dance tips from a few of the older girls whilst the adults chuckled at the display. The children were amazing, always helping me with my own language skills and testing my physical fitness through daily football and basketball games. On my final day in the centre they held a large festival. The day involved many tournaments; chess, basketball and football for which I was recruited and kitted up. Later we were entertained by a hilarious clown act and thrilled with the attack of the iconic large headed giants which chased us round the basketball courts. It was an incredibly memorable event and saying goodbye to the children after such festivities and fun was heart-breaking.

I was lucky enough to time my trip perfectly with one of the most exciting events to hit the big screens, The Football World Cup. Never before have I screamed so loud at a sports game or cried at the prospect of a loss. Despite my British roots my heart was and still is, tied to the Costa Rican team. Even faced with a gutting loss, it was incredible the celebration and pride which was omnipresent across the country. A quick drive over the mountain into San Jose the capital, we arrived at the most ecstatic and energetic party. People chanting, drums pounding, there was the most incredible buzz which was unavoidable. Words really fail me in attempting to evoke the joy which was shared that day. Costa Rica is an incredible country with the kindest hearted and most passionate people. My host family of who were the prime example. They treated me as if I was their own and my gratitude and love for them is enduring.

I had the chance following my volunteering experience to travel around Costa Rica and would greatly advise everyone to do so. A country of extremes; incredible white sand beaches, thick cloud forests and volcanoes. It is an aesthetic extravaganza and provides so many enthralling daytrips and activities. From relaxing hot water springs to treacherous forest treks, serene sunrise canoe trips to high speed rapids Costa Rica really has it all. My favourite experience of all was visiting Montezuma. Laced with thick cloud forests it provides a spectacular backdrop for activities such as zip-lining and bungee jumping.

I got so much out of my volunteering experience and would urge everyone to get involved. The satisfaction of working with such an incredible group of children was immense and I learned so much about myself in the process. ‘The more you put into it, the more you get out’ is definitely appropriate in this kind of experience. My Spanish skills improved vastly and my confidence in teaching rocketed as a result of my volunteering efforts. More importantly I made some incredible friendships and discovered my family away from home. UBELONG are a great organisation and throughout the whole process I felt supported and relaxed due to the warmth evoked by the team. I would love more than anything to volunteer again in the future and I have no doubt that I will.

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  • Name: Elizabeth Wright
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I spent three wonderful weeks volunteering in Cartago and I still wish to this day that I could have stayed longer!  It exceeded my expectations in every way.  Everyone was so helpful and caring and did everything they could to make you feel right at home.  Working with the kids in the nursery brought so much joy.  When I arrived each day they would all stop what they were doing and run to give me a big group hug.  It was also very cool to see that even at such a young age, they were eager to learn a few English words and phrases. Although I was only there for a short time, I left feeling truly satisfied knowing that I had an impact on these kid’s lives.  The local team leaders were some of the nicest and outgoing people I have ever met.  They went out of their way to help the volunteers plan what to do and where to go on the weekends.  My host family was absolutely incredible and friendly.  They helped me with my Spanish, included me in their family get togethers, and took me all around town to see what all the colorful city of Cartago has to offer.  Costa Rica is stunning and has a charm unlike anywhere I’ve ever been.  The food, coffee, nature, people, vibe, memories we made (the list could go on) are things I’ll never forget and I would go back in a heartbeat!  I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with UBELONG and to have created an experience I will cherish for a lifetime.

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  • Name: Paul Chiampa
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: July 2014
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Having never stepped foot in Latin America and remembering only the most basic Spanish phrases since high school, I was nervous about what my UBELONG experience was going to be like. Thankfully, my nerves were immediately settled upon arriving in Cartago, as the Local Team Leaders made me feel at home in this foreign place. Them and their families welcomed me into their home where I would stay during my time there where they treated me like I was part of the family.

There are many volunteer opportunities throughout Latin America but UBELONG and the local team support a true volunteer experience where you are given the chance to make a real difference in the lives of some of the underprivileged youth in Costa Rica.  I spent the majority of my time with the children of a community for displaced youth of the Cartago region in the town of Paraiso.  There, my main job was to tutor the children in English and math, but that was only a part of what being a volunteer at the project consists of.  I also played soccer and baseball, danced in a talent show, had my students become my teachers as they taught me Spanish without judging my inability to roll the r, and laughed – a lot.  The children who live at the project are incredible, they have endured struggles that few of us could ever imagine but they appreciate anyone who is willing to come teach them, play with them, or just share a conversation and some laughter.

In addition to my volunteer work, each weekend I was also able to see some of the amazing and diverse places that lie within the small country.  I went bungee jumping and ziplining in Monteverde, climbed a dormant volcano in La Fortuna, went whitewater rafting in the Pacuare River, and walked through the natural zoos that are the rainforests of Costa Rica.  But the coolest experience I had there occurred in the isolated town of Tortuguero on the Atlantic coast of the country.  Tortuguero is known as a major breeding ground for green sea turtles during the summer and fall. During the night, mother sea turtles will venture up the beach to lay hundreds of eggs.  We went on a midnight turtle walk to see this incredible phenomenon first hand.  We were told to dress in dark colors and to leave our cameras at home to not disrupt the turtles but I was not prepared for the James Bond-like experience that we were about to have.  After trekking through the jungle, flying down the lagoon in a speedboat, and sprinting up the runway of the Tortuguero airstrip, we were able to see one of these massive and beautiful creatures.  Once the egg-laying ritual was over, we walked with the turtle as she returned to the sea and vanished into the water.  It was just awesome, something I will never ever forget.

In one month in Costa Rica, I felt like I had lived a lifetime.

  • Name: Tyler O'Brien
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is a fantastic program that offers a once in a lifetime experience for a very reasonable price. This was my first time traveling alone, and UBELONG helped me every step of the way. My UBELONG Mentor was incredibly helpful, and was able to answer all the questions that I had for her. And the local team was amazing and incredibly supportive too, not only in the volunteering aspect, but they also organized a weekend trip for us and they even let me borrow a company phone for a couple weeks because I did not have a phone. This is a well run organization that is fantastic at what they do.

Read Tyler’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Katie Reese
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I am very pleased with UBELONG. There is some serious organization involved with this line of work and they have got it down. There was never a buffer period of wondering what was the next step. Before, after, and during the program there was always a clear set of what was expected from both parties. There was also a sense of willingness to help that I saw from UBELONG and it was great. During all stages of my experience I knew the staff would be easy to reach. UBELONG wants you to have a meaningful volunteer experience and they work their hardest to see that happen.

Read Katie’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Danielle Katz
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 1 week

I’ve volunteered with UBELONG three times and I’m always impressed with my mentor. They have always been so willing to help in any way before, during, and after my trip. I’d recommend UBELONG to anyone looking for opportunities to volunteer internationally!

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  • Name: Rosemary Alcantara
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG met all of my expectations and more. From the time I contacted them about volunteering in Costa Rica to the time I returned to the USA. They addressed all concerns I had in a timely fashion and their local team in CR was on point and walked me through everything I needed to know and was always available if I had any questions or concerns. UBELONG is affordable without compromising quality, reliable, and really cares about its mission of bringing people together from different parts of the world to foster positive change. I hope to do another stint of volunteering and will definitely use them again.

Read Rosemary’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Tina Secora
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Cartago
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG was such a great organization to do my volunteering through. Everything went smoothly from the preparation, all of my questions, to being picked up at the airport in Costa Rica. They were so helpful and it was nice to have them there all of the time to help me with anything I needed. My trip ran without any problems and I know that it was because UBELONG. I would strongly recommend this organization to everyone who wants to volunteer abroad!

Read Tina’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

  • Name: Gerrit Wiltfang
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 6 weeks

My UBELONG volunteering experience was fantastic. Having volunteered in a business project for a microfinance institution in Cambodia for six weeks, I had the opportunity to discover a new culture and personally develop and challenge myself while doing something purposeful. I learned a lot and made many invaluable memories. For anyone who thinks about volunteering abroad I can only recommend going with UBELONG.

Read Gerrit’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Michael Di Salvo
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

When I first signed up to volunteer with UBELONG I was anxious and nervous, but the mentors at UBELONG did their best to quell my anxieties. Their clear organization of information, punctuality through communication, and professionalism instilled in me a sense of confidence and comfortability. I’m glad I chose to volunteer with UBELONG, because it would have been a missed opportunity if I chose not to. UBELONG has changed my life for the better forever.

Read Michael’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Lovella Pinero
  • Nationality: Philippines
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

What I like about UBELONG is how welcoming and well organized this outreach community is. I had a wonderful experience with UBELONG, they helped me fulfilled my calling to help others with their outstanding outreach projects, and guided me every step of the way. I’m happy to be part of the UBELONG Family and can’t wait to do my next volunteer project with UBELONG.

Read Lovella’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jayna Wallace
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

First of all a big thank you to UBELONG for an unforgettable trip to Cambodia! I would highly recommend a UBELONG trip to anyone interested in volunteering abroad. Come with an open heart/mind, and you will not be disappointed! From pre-planning to post-trip, UBELONG will make your experience effortless. Also, our trip had the perfect balance of sight-seeing and volunteering, which provided a rich platform to learn about the host country’s culture.

Watch Kelly’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jayna Wallace
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Just wanted to give a sincere thank you to UBELONG who helped put together our 24-person service trip to Cambodia. The UBELONG team was very organized in preparing us for the trip which had us feeling well equipped. While on the trip, we had daily briefings that helped us prepare for the next day. Accommodations and meals were great. The morning projects were intense and eye-opening and something we will all never forget. The afternoon gate renovation project was challenging after a tough morning and bearing the heat but rewarding when we finished in the nick of time! All in all, it was a trip of a lifetime and one that successfully “stretched” us all mentally, physically, and spiritually. THANK YOU. 🙂

Watch Jayna’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Ana Pedro
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

For me UBELONG means responsability, care, help, justice, accountable to, new experiences, make impact, learn to value everything. I thank UBELONG everything I did. I enjoyed every moment I lived. Nothing went wrong.

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  • Name: Kristin Jonason
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a wonderful organization and the people who work with them are also incredible and knowledgable. We were very pleased with the two organizations we were working with while in Cambodia. They also did a nice job incorporating important Cambodian tourism as part of our service work.

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  • Name: Maxime Johanet
  • Nationality: France
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: November 2017
  • Duration: 8 weeks

UBELONG offers an affordable and qualitative experience through Volunteering in Cambodia that I can only recommend to you! Over there you will make some international and local friends, you will discover way of living and thinking different than what you have ever imagined. So, don’t make expectations and you won’t be disappointed. Open your mind to everything and everyone and I guarantee you, you will not regret to spend some time in Cambodia. Remember, the longer the better. You are not a tourist, get rid of your habits and expectations and enjoy what this is truly about: a bite in another life.

Read Maxime’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Melissa Courtney
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 7 weeks

This experience has helped me realize that in a short time you alone can’t change the world, but in a short time the world can and will change you! UBELONG has created volunteer opportunities that drive a greater global impact through the commitment of many individuals over time. It is so important for all of us to learn and connect with those from different cultures and backgrounds. Step out of your comfort zone and into someone else’s shoes. Join the UBELONG team and build bridges, cross borders, and broaden your perspectives.

Read Melissa’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

  • Name: Marina Kortseli
  • Nationality: Greece
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG offers affordable and fantastic volunteering programs to those who want to combine both help and share their skills with other communities and discover different cultures. My volunteering trip with UBELONG was an incredible adventure! All those who were involved from the beginning to the end of your journey make sure to provide a safe and meaningful experience for you. At the end of this trip, not only you contribute with a positive impact on people lives, but you also develop yourself, and you feel appreciated and thankful for what you have. You will even have the chance to meet other volunteers from all over the world, and you can make good friends by sharing all this experience with them! I would recommend UBELONG to those who want to participate in a volunteering program, and I would love to volunteer again with them in the future!

Read Marina’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Abigail Hands
  • Nationality: UK
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Having twice volunteered with UBELONG, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking to go abroad and help in a foreign country. The projects and the connections that they have at a local level are amongst the best and there is a programme suited for everyone. They provided ample information and resources leading up to the trip and I always felt safe and cared for.

Read Abigail’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Ali Hussain
  • Nationality: UK
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I volunteered in Cambodia for one month and had the time of my life! Everything about volunteering abroad, from the hard work, travel and making a difference is so worth it! Support was always available whenever needed and the country team are just the best. I have met so many wonderful people who I will never forget and have made friends for life. Don’t even hesitate to volunteer, just do it!

Read Ali’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Anthony Brickner
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I can honestly say that UBELONG has changed my life. My experience in Cambodia altered my outlook on life, my goals, my passions, my day-to-day everything. The best part of the journey is all of the amazing people you meet along the way. UBELONG provided me with the honor of the experience of a lifetime and meeting lifelong friends. Can’t complain about that.

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  • Name: Fabio Mosimann
  • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 6 weeks

The experience to work in a UBELONG NGO Project in Cambodia was challenging and enriching at the same time. It is worth to plan this trip with UBELONG because everything from the beginning till the end is well structured at a really fair price. I would plan such a trip with UBELONG definitely again.

Read Fabio’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Bianca Neumaier
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: June 2017
  • Duration: 5 weeks

Amazing organization and team! I had the best time volunteering thanks to these great people 

Read Bianca’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Thomas Barnett-Young
  • Nationality: United States & United Kingdom
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 5 weeks

I really enjoyed my time volunteering with UBELONG. I felt looked after, and well-prepared for my trip. The volunteer house was great, and I met several other UBELONG volunteers who all seemed great. I would definitely recommend UBELONG to anyone considering volunteering abroad.

Read Thomas’ Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Tatiana Silva
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

If you’re looking for an awesome opportunity to do something meaningful and make a difference to someone’s life, check out UBELONG, because they will help you have the most wonderful experience of your life!

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  • Name: Costanza Landini
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

If you are driven by the desire to help other people, lean about a new culture and visit a new country… UBELONG is the kind of experience you are looking for. My 4-week volunteer project in Cambodia was both challenging and rewarding. Not only had I the chance to apply my economic background, by supporting a local NGO committed to eradicate gender-based violence; I also had the opportunity to live in Phnom Penh, a colorful, wonderful city.

Read Costanza’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jasmine Castaneda
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: December 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Traveling outside of your country can be nerve-wracking. Add volunteering abroad to that, and it has the potential to be stressful. December 2016 was the first time I left my home country, America. Initially, I was incredibly stressed about the process of volunteering in Cambodia. Even despite the preparation booklet that UBELONG provided and the consistent emailing to my mentor, I was shaking in my boots. However, when I arrived I instantly felt safe, relaxed, and ready to do my part within the school I had applied to volunteer at. UBELONG was extremely thorough in their program and their accommodations. From living arrangements to orientation which included learning the history and culture of the country I was in (down to basic language classes), I wanted and needed very little. Not to mention, I met some of the best people I’ll possibly ever meet within my entire life. Not only was I exposed to a foreign country with fantastic locals, mentors, fellow teachers, and great children; I was also introduced to other volunteers. With varying backgrounds, ages, and nationalities, my experience was enriched even further by their presence. My one complaint is that I didn’t get to spend more time there. Though, this issue will certainly be remedied in Spring of 2018. I am keen in making it back to Cambodia through UBELONG for a longer span of time. My one hope is that this time my stay will be long enough.

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  • Name: Lauren Schingel
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

I would recommend UBELONG to people of all ages, demographics, and situations. It is one of the most efficient and well-organized organizations with which I have worked and I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience. If you’re looking for a chance to impact others while also changing your own view of the world and learning more about yourself, you should definitely give UBELONG a try.

Read Lauren’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Catia Batalha
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: July 2016
  • Duration: 5 weeks

I loved my 5-week volunteering experience in Cambodia, and would strongly recommend UBELONG. The pre-departure support was extremely helpful, with very useful preparation materials, and a mentor at my disposal, to answer all sorts of questions about a continent I had never traveled to. A friendly local team provided an initial introduction to the country and culture, and then supported us on a daily basis. The accommodation and meals were very pleasant, well above what I would have expected. And the volunteering prices were well below what I found in other organisations. Lastly, the volunteering project itself was very beautiful and rewarding. These countries are in a vicious cycle of poverty, and really need volunteers to help them break out, and get basic human rights and quality of life. I feel honoured and deeply grateful to have been a part of this, and I hope that institutions such as UBELONG continue to bring in volunteers that can offer ongoing help to those in need. May there be Love and Light.

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  • Name: Cristina Rosa Montes
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 6 weeks

I had a very good experience volunteering through UBELONG. Everything was very well organized from the beginning and I knew I had the necessary assistance in the field if needed. I would highly recommend the organization to those that really want to take part in such an experience but don’t dare!

Read Cristina’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Tyler Walz
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 12 weeks

I would highly recommend going through UBELONG to any colleagues, friends, or family who are interested in volunteering abroad. From start to end, my stay was highly organized and the local team were super friendly, engaging, and had a genuine interest in helping all of the volunteers feel welcome in Cambodia. In addition to the more than adequate food and accommodation provided to everyone in the volunteer house, UBELONG provided me with the unique opportunity to live with interesting people from around the world.

Read Tyler’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Karen Loyd
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 12 weeks

This was our second UBELONG trip and we highly recommend them! The programs, support, and other volunteers are all amazing. If you are considering volunteering abroad look no further and plan to go for as long as you possibly can!

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  • Name: Romina Potter
  • Nationality: United States and Italy
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

If you are looking to be truly involved with a community abroad, UBELONG offers a variety of projects around the world for an affordable price. I have done the Teaching English project twice now, in Mexico and Cambodia, and am looking forward to the chance of volunteering a third time since the programs are flexible with my schedule and rewarding. You can see a difference in what you do, even if it’s on a small scale.

Read Romina’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Eva-Maria Odorfer
  • Nationality: Austria
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: April 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Working together with UBELONG was a pleasure and very uncomplicated. I really appreciated the preparation materials upfront which gave me a good idea of what to expect. I am especially grateful for the continuous support by my mentor, Barbara. She was able to help me out with any question and potential problem. Thank you very much!

Read Eva’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Idina Zavatta
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I recommend UBELONG as volunteer association: they support excellently from before the departure to the return and the project perfectly fits with what they describe in the booklet.

Read Idina’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Fernando Russo
  • Nationality: Brazil
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: August 2016
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG delivered just what I was looking for: the opportunity to use my business skills for a good cause in a very new culture. The pre-trip and local support were great, making the experience to live in Cambodia much more comfortable than I expected. I would highly recommend UBELONG, specially to those with no experience living abroad.

Read Fernando’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Gabe Hendin
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: April 2016
  • Duration: 16 weeks

I am extremely pleased with my decision to use UBELONG when I was seeking an international volunteering opportunity. I ultimately chose the “Law & Human Rights” placement in Cambodia, but I found myself torn between the numerous projects they offer in countries across the globe. With the combination of exhaustive preparation materials and an impressive level of support from my UBELONG Mentor back home, I immediately hit the ground running on my way to an incredible volunteering experience. If you’re looking for affordable, well-run, and impactful volunteering opportunities abroad, I strongly recommend UBELONG!

Read Gabe’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Finn Homfeldt
  • Nationality: German
  • Start date: April 2016
  • Duration: 5 weeks

I am more than happy that I had the opportunity to contribute my skills and knowledge to the business development project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As UBELONG organized my stay I felt prepared, welcomed and secure at all times before, during and after my stay. I met a lot of wonderful people and got some first hand cultural experience with Cambodians. The most important thing, to be able to help the business development project, is to communicate with the local people and really try to understand what they need and how they need your work to be so that they can use it. There is a language and knowledge barrier at all times which makes communication even more important.

Read Finn’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Joao Cardoso
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Duration: 12 weeks

Delivering a tool that can actually help a business thrive in Cambodia is simply priceless. All I can do is thank UBELONG for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful family and project.

Read Joao’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Ines Torres
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Duration: 24 weeks

UBELONG was the way that had to turn a dream into real life! UBELONG made this “never-the-right-time-thing” come true! All of the staff was very professional and at the same time very friendly! All the structure in the field is very well implemented and they are always following up with the volunteers!

Read Ines’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Inga Sophie Jansen
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 12 weeks

I expect from an organization offering volunteer work to be transparent, helpful, and of course well-organized. So after some researching and finding UBELONG, I quickly made up my mind that UBELONG is the right one for me as it offers all that I am looking for in an organization. I got in contact with UBELONG regarding some first general questions. My mentor Barbara responded promptly, answering all my questions. After making up my mind which program I’m most interested in and completing the necessary steps for an application, I received an information booklet about volunteering in Cambodia which I found especially helpful. It was the perfect preparation of what to expect when volunteering in a developing country. It makes clear what volunteering is about namely facing challenges that need to be tackled but also eye-opening moments and unforgettable positive memories. The booklet prevented me from disappointments or unrealistic expectations which a lot of other volunteers experienced during their time. UBELONG and especially my mentor Barbara accompanied me during the whole year – from applying until the end of volunteering. She always made sure that I didn’t have any unanswered questions or asked if I needed help or advice during my time in Cambodia.  I appreciated that a lot. I can highly recommend UBELONG for people who have the wish to volunteer in countries that certainly need help and support.

Read Inga’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Maggie Sweeney
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: March 2016
  • Duration: 4 weeks

When I first applied for a volunteer opportunity with UBELONG, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I was very happy to receive an acceptance letter only a few days after submitting my application. I love that the organization is very responsive and excited when it comes to accepting new people into their program. After hearing back, I immediately accepted my position to volunteer in Cambodia for an NGO. Again, I wasn’t too sure what to expect due to the vague guidelines of the position, yet I had an undoubtedly incredible time. My mentor was extremely helpful in guiding me through the process of arrival and departure, and assimilation into the new culture of the country I was working in. Overall, I believe that the organization has a lot to offer, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is willing to devote some hours of hard work to volunteering; while simultaneously traveling the world and learning something new every moment of the way.

Read Maggie’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Irene Got
  • Nationality: Hong Kong
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: March 2016
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Never too Late! It has been always my dream to volunteer abroad since I participated in my very first volunteering program during my days as a student. Being a grown-up, working in a busy metropolitan city like Hong Kong, I have every excuse to put volunteering the least in my agenda. However, my passion doesn’t shift as time passed by. I knew that I have to put it into action one day! Phnom Penh, a very unfamiliar region to me. I even didn’t know how to pronounce it at the beginning… I knew nothing about its history nor cultures. The only thing I knew and the reason I chose to volunteer in Phnom Penh was that Cambodia is still under develop, for it needs lots of inputs and influences from the outside world. My two weeks volunteering in Phnom Penh were one of the major events and most rewarding memories for me! This was my first time volunteering abroad. The center I volunteered for is run by the Cambodian government specialized for children who are physically and/or developmentally challenged, both with and without family members. As a volunteer, I learnt to lower my expectation especially when facing the children with various levels of difficulties. To build up relationships and communicate with strangers like us – the volunteers, is already one of the challenge for them. The children’s rights to play, laugh, sing, dance, etc, were not affected by their physical challenges. I would never forget every innocent and pure smiles from all the little angels in the center. There were some unforgettable moments, for instance one of the girls bit on my forearm just because she was too excited to have me reading a storybook for her, she wanted to show her love to me. Another time I helped changing diaper for a kid but I put it in a wrong direction… A boy with autism changed his attitude towards me from avoidance on the first day to proactively come to me and sat on my lap after a few days. Nonetheless, I would like to sincerely thanks to the great endeavors of the center’s staff members, especially the ones in my group, Reaksmey, Sopheak, Sey Rath and Bunna. Last but not least, I was so happy to have met other passionate volunteers from around the world, the energetic people who stayed in the volunteer house were ready to serve different communities. I was also very glad to have 4 other roommates as companions in my room that we could share our fieldwork experiences and having fun time together. It is never too late to attain your goal! Action now to sign up for something that could transform your view of the world!

Read Irene’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Lily Macleod
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 5 weeks

In a few words, UBELONG is innovative, professional and 100% supportive of its volunteers. The staff thoroughly reviewed my application before I was given my NGO placement which turned out to be a perfect fit. All my questions were answered before I asked them and after I arrived in Cambodia, my mentor periodically checked in on me. UBELONG gives you the freedom to go out and make an impact while also making you feel like part of a powerful team.

Read Lily’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Nina Kukota
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: September 2015
  • Duration: 12 weeks

UBELONG is a good organisation! We’ve got two days of briefing to know the does and don’ts in Cambodia. Your Mentor asks often how things are and you can talk to the Mentor if you have a problem. The Mentor and the Local Team Leader helps the volunteers to find solutions for the problems. I would definitely go again with UBELONG! Thank you for the good experience! 🙂

Read Nina’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Ashley Mills
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is an organization that really goes all out in helping you figure out everything you need in order to do service abroad. They aid you in helping you find a location fitting your interests, and then correlate with local non-profits, of the area you will be in, to ensure safe and proper placement. Cedric really helped my team in answering any and all questions we had. He also checked up on us while we were at our service site to ensure that we were well and always offered help in anything we needed. UBELONG as a whole is taking great steps to fight against social justice issues by working on the scale of the community. If you volunteer through UBELONG you will be working to serve a community and will become a piece of the puzzle to solve an overall larger need. Although no one can change the world alone, one can be a part of the change and UBELONG is a great way to do that.

Read Ashley’s Volunteer Interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Jacqueline Moore
  • Nationality: Ireland
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

It was great to work with UBELONG. Volunteering is a great experience and an amazing way to give back and with the support UBELONG provide this make the experience safer and more comfortable. My experience with UBELONG and time in Cambodia was amazingly touching. To see people who have been through such hardships and are still living in such poverty great and welcome me with smiles on their faces really put my life and luck in perspective. My project was filled with love and joy. As I got to know the staff, the Saron’s, Sareth and all the contributors to center and became aware of their lives and hardships they have endured, my respect for them was compounded. From my arrival in the star house every volunteer was a breath of fresh air to meet and it was lovely to be surrounded by such like-minded people. My roommates of 404 became like a little family from our late night chats, to the morale support.

Read Jacqueline’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Karin Baumgartner
  • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

I am proud to be able to consider myself as part of the UBELONG community. Since day one all members have been extremely friendly and welcoming. Always available to respond to any questions or to help out in any possible way through out all stages of your volunteering experience, I believe that this is what creates the warm and familiar UBELONG atmosphere. By nourishing and maintaining healthy relationships with their volunteers (UBELONGers) is most likely what makes their work within the local communities so worthwhile and valuable.

Read Karin’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Carley Erickson
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: January 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

“After searching for many days on the best organizations to work with to volunteer abroad, I decided on UBELONG because of the breadth of programs it offered throughout various countries. Additionally, the support provided prior to committing was amazing! Each UBELONG representative I spoke with, no matter how little or big my question, was very informed and patient. The testimonials and reviews that other students had left about UBELONG was also a big deciding factor – there was nothing but good things about UBELONG said and I couldn’t agree more now that I have worked with the organization and had such a great experience. I cannot wait to move forward and volunteer with them again in my near future!”

Read Carley’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: João Morais
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: August 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

It’s always challenging to go on adventure like this by yourself. UBELONG helped making it a lot easier. The help starts right at the beginning of you trip: the enrollment. The application is easy to fill in and everything is very well detailed, leaving no space for doubts. Once you are accepted in the program you just need to wire the amount established for the accommodation, the food, the local support team (which includes the orientation day and dinner and a cultural tour around the city) and the airport pick-up. That makes everything much easier, you don’t need to worry about those details while you are abroad. I need to add here that the accommodation in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, was amazing. The house is well equipped, clean and is very comfortable. The cook is also great, so food was, definitely, not an issue.
This is really good, but the best part is the mentoring aspect of it. You are assigned a UBELONG mentor that will help you through out your all time in your placement. He will clarify all your doubts and troubles, figure out solutions for your problems in cooperation with the local team. Overall, UBELONG was, without a doubt, the right option, and I’m hoping to do it again in the near future.

Read João’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Yilin Zhang
  • Nationality: Japan
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

From my first contact with UBELONG, I was very impressed with the responsiveness and warmth from the team as well as the level of organization of the program. The application process was standardized and efficient, and my mentor made sure that I was fully prepared before my travels. Throughout my stay there, UBELONG really ensured that my adjustment in Phnom Penh was as smooth as possible and that my stay at the volunteer house was enjoyable and safe. I received lots of support from both the local staffs as well as my mentor. Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience with UBELONG and would recommend anyone interested to apply.

Read Yilin’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Philipp Schreiber
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: August 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

UBELONG is a very good and professional organization. Everything was well planned and we had access to our Mentor all the time. To say it in one sentence: The work with UBELONG was just PERFECT.

Read Philipp’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

  • Name: Miguel Miranda
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: August 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I am lucky I had the chance to be part of an organization like UBELONG. All the staff was very kind and proficient, starting from my mentor, who was always very helpful and available to solve any issues or to answer any questions I had, to the local team who provided us with with an amazing experience. Thanks to UBELONG I had the chance to meet new friends, either volunteers or locals, with whom I learned a lot; to grow up and get to know myself better and, finally, to be part of a group of individuals that, together, are trying to make a difference. Despite being a small difference, I assure you it’s totally worth it.

Read Miguel’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Abdullah Ghias
  • Nationality: Nigeria and USA
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBELONG is a great organization to work with, as they help you develop your own personalized programs with local grass-root non-profits in the host location you will be working with. Cedric is a really great guy, and he is always willing to help all of his fellow UBELONGers in any way he can. You want to make sure you have ample communication with the local nonprofit as this will also really benefit you. Overall UBELONG is slowly working to help better social justice issues world wide through the unique process of helping with community based needs, as opposed to personal projects. This I think is the biggest strength UBELONG has, and I highly recommend them to anyone willing to have a life changing experience.

Read Abdullah’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Damhien Nguyen
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

UBEONG is a great volunteer organization and I fully recommend it to anyone. They promote service over tourism and that’s what you want when you volunteer abroad! I am definitely planning on returning to this organization if I decide to volunteer again. They helped me and my team of 12 every step of the way and I honestly can say this was one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life.

Read Damhien’s Volunteer Interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Pilar Lucena
  • Nationality: Spain
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: February 2015
  • Duration: 8 weeks

UBELONG was a valuable help in my search for a wonderful personal experience in a country I had never visited before. I could live and work with local people and experience a full cultural immersion being part of their everyday lives. Everything was very well organized from the very beginning and I am delighted with being now part of such a great community.

Read Pilar’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Jackson Hrbek
  • Nationality: Australia and United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: April 2015
  • Duration: 11 weeks

There is an ever-growing number of volunteer opportunities around the world right now, and with so many programs on offer, it can be daunting when trying to choose what is best for you. Especially with a rise in programs with malicious backgrounds, such as fake orphanages in developing nations, and the rise of a voluntourism movement, it can also be difficult to determine whether a program is run with good intentions at heart, or is purely a money-making service.
I can offer only good things to say about UBELONG. I can safely add that I did not have a single negative experience with UBELONG before, during or after my program. In Cambodia, all the partner organizations are run by legitimate local or international NGOs, with the best intentions of improving their nation at heart.
I was never without support during my volunteer program, and received many emails from a UBELONG program officer and mentor regarding my progress on my project.
I can thoroughly recommend UBELONG to anyone considering volunteering overseas. Volunteering is such a great way to help so many different worthy and needing causes, whilst also gaining some sense of personal development, and UBELONG helps to facilitate these sources of progress with only the desire to see yourself and those at large improve.

Read Jackson’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Zoe Speirs
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: April 2015
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I chose to do volunteering because I wanted to travel during my year out before university, but I didn’t want to just travel – I want to give something back to the world and fully emerge myself in a different culture. I did a lot of research, and UBELONG had the volunteer program that really fitted what I wanted to do, and on top of that, it was so much more affordable than other companies. The support that UBELONG Mentors provided was beyond superb, and it was just such a fabulous company. They made my dreams a reality. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone, and UBELONG allowed me to do this – I never thought I would be travelling half way across the world to volunteer, let alone by myself – and UBELONG made that possible and so much less daunting. My mentor was so supportive, and guided me through each step – making the process so much easier and smoother – I could have never done it without UBELONG.

Read Zoe’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Lucy Wilson
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

From pre-preparation right until after I finished the project, UBELONG was there every step of my volunteer journey. My mentor, Barbara, was easy to reach if I had any enquiries and she was very helpful. As this was my first time volunteering in a developing country, I received all the guidance I needed and I felt extremely comfortable with my solo travel. From start to finish I had the most wonderful experience and I definitely will be volunteering with them again in the foreseen future! Thanks UBELONG!

Read Lucy’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Jonathan Thompson
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: June 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

UBELONG is by far the greatest organization I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. During both my volunteer tours in Southeast Asia, I was given the full support and training that I needed. UBELONG is also an affordable option for those like me who are looking to make a difference in the world. I always recommend UBELONG to people I share my volunteer experience stories with. I guarantee that once you volunteer through the UBELONG family, you will certainly want to do it again!

Read Jonathan’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Amy Lentz
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 12 weeks

My experience with UBELONG was overall very positive. I felt supported before I made the journey to Cambodia, and while there, I felt like I had the active listening ears of the staff. There were several times when I had feedback and questions, and I felt like UBELONG and their international partners made extensive efforts in understanding my needs and making moves to improve their efforts on all levels!

Read Amy’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Margarida Santos
  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Locations: Phnom Penh, Luang Prabang
  • Start date: March 2015
  • Duration: 12 weeks

I’m proud to consider myself a part of the UBELONG family. Throughout all the application process and my volunteering, I knew I could always count with the help of my UBELONG mentor, Barbara Barbosa, who was always exceptionally helpful at any time. I had the support I needed while doing something I loved. All of this resulted in the best experience of my life and something (definitely) worth repeating.

Read Margarida’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Marissa Chong
  • Nationality: Malaysia
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG is an excellent pathway to volunteering abroad. Their website is very informative and their staffs are extremely helpful. The preparation booklet I received before departure was informative and prepared me well to live under different conditions than back home. If there are still any doubts, they are quick to reply to your questions to clear any doubts. The volunteer house that I was lived in was very nice and the house staffs were kind and caring. The school that I taught English at was fantastic and the director along with the local teachers were very helpful and kind. In conclusion, I highly recommend UBELONG to anyone who is willing to try something new. Even though the impact you’ll make is small but it still makes a difference.

Read Marissa’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Carlo Morozzo
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 6 weeks

I am so happy to say that I am a UBELONG member! While I was trying to do my application and even while I was working in Phnom Penh, Barbara was always writing me asking me if everything was fine. She is literally amazing! When everything is well organized as UBELONG and the local partner did, your experience can be only fantastic. And mine surely was!

Read Carlo’s interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Ana Paula Amatuzzi
  • Nationality: Brazil and United States
  • Location: Phnom Penh
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG offers great projects and is always concerned about the volunteers. My mentor was always available for me and never hesitated to answer my questions. Also, the preparation booklet makes clear all dangers and the reality of volunteering, it was shocking but at the same time comforting to know they were being straight forward with me. It was really good that I didn’t feel pressured or had to rush at any time, the organization was really patient and I could take my own time to decide my project and how I was going to pay for it. I had a great experience!!

Read Ana’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Sara Gianesello
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: August 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I found UBELONG affordable and trustworthy. My mentor was amazing and always ready to answer questions. I can see that it is a big family and I am proud to be part of it.

Read Sara’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Alexander Bross
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Duration: 10 weeks

I had a good feeling from the beginning till the end with UBELONG. I always had someone who I could ask questions and if there were any problems they would help me solve them fast. I was prepared for my trip and I never had any concerns. I felt that i was in good hands!

Read Alexander’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Samantha Spence
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: April 2011
  • Duration: 6 weeks

I’m so happy with my experience. When I first arrived I was nervous and maybe even a little skeptical. I wasn’t sure I could trust anybody. I wasn’t so outgoing. But after a couple days I became more comfortable. I saw that fear is merely an obstacle. I stopped being anxious and made every effort to connect with the locals. And they were so receptive, it was beyond awesome. I recognized that fear held me back from fully connecting and getting the most out of my experience. Don’t let fear stop you from getting to know the real South Africa, for it is a beautiful place that has so much to offer. The community will accept you with open arms the moment you let down that wall of apprehension.

Read Samantha’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Yigit Aras
  • Nationality: Turkey
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: June 2012
  • Duration: 3 weeks

As a volunteer, you need to make a good personal connection with people. Social skills are really important. Kindness goes a long way when you’re volunteering abroad.

Read Yigit’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Andy Chu
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: January 2015
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I knew UBELONG was going to be a life-changing experience but if I had to choose one word for my experience, it would have to be “dream.” Volunteering in Cape Town felt like a dream because although I was only there for 2 weeks, it was probably the most meaningful 2 weeks of my life. It felt like I was there for 2 years and at the end of my stay, I was so sad to leave. There was never a minute where I wasn’t bringing a smile to a face of a child or a fellow volunteer. That was the kind of impact I was hoping for: to make my presence felt and to form friendships I can be proud of for the rest of my life. However, there’s no doubt in my mind that the one who benefited most of all from my efforts and humanitarianism is myself. To all those who are considering volunteering abroad with UBELONG, there’s no question you should do it!!

Read Andy’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Mary Williams
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: January 2013
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I cannot express enough gratitude and appreciation for everything UBELONG has done for me. I traveled to Cape Town, South Arica for 3 weeks in January 2013. My time in Cape Town was by far the most lifechanging experience of my life. I volunteered in a poor farm school with young children who had little to nothing. A day has not gone by since my trip that have not thought about these children. I am so grateful for UBELONG because they set me up with such an incredible project and host family. Although I was a thousand miles away, I always felt comfortable and right at home in Cape Town. Although I was only there for three weeks, I truly immerged in their culture experienced their diverse foods, traditions, and lifestyle. I recommend the UBELONG organization for anyone who wants to travel and do good in the world. My mentor, Cedric, was there for me every step of the way. He was always available to talk and he guided me through this experience.

Now that I am a UBELONG Volunteer, I cannot imagine volunteering with any other organization and I hope to plan another trip through them soon!

Read Mary’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Brandy Filbin
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: April 2012
  • Duration: 20 weeks

My trip to South Africa through UBELONG was my first long term trip abroad. I’ve been to Africa before for two weeks, but being here for so long a second time had much more of an impact. I learned so much about the country by immersing myself in the culture instead of reading it through a book. I learned by experience what things were normal in the country and the differences they had compared o my home town. I cannot put into words the quality of friendships I had made in Cape Town. The people I lived and worked with were so amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better stay. UBELONG did a great job of preparing me for my trip and keeping in touch with me while I was there. I recommend UBELONG to anyone who wants an adventure that will change your life for the better! 🙂

Read Brandy’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Susan Chevalier
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: April 2013
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I had the privilege to work with 3rd graders in Cape Town, South Africa this past spring 2013. The Principal, staff and students were very appreciative of all volunteers and I was able to make a valuable contribution while learning about their culture and history. Cedric, my UBELONG representative was very kind and helpful throughout the entire process. The Cape Town local team was efficient and checked in with me during my assignment to ensure I was happy and everything was going smoothly. I highly recommend UBELONG because of its program options, great staff and low program costs. I had a wonderful time. I hope to volunteer with UBELONG again in the future.

Read Susan’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

 

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  • Name: Stephen Rousseau
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Start date: July 2013
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG provided me with an amazing experience that I will never forget. They made my stay in Cape Town, South Africa very comfortable and problem free. Without having to worry about problems with my safety or host family, I was able to fully enjoy and learn a lot form my project. I will definitely go through UBELONG again!

Read Stephen’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Minna Chae
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: July 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

My visit to Rabat, Morocco is something that I will never forget. Every day was challenging and I learned things about myself that I probably never would. I grew as a person by becoming more trusting, courageous, and open. I returned with a humbled heart that I might not be able to change the world, but I can impact a few persons’ lives. I am forever thankful to UBELONG for helping me take this opportunity to volunteer abroad.

Read Minna’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Sarah Young
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I am really glad that I chose to volunteer in Morocco with UBELONG! UBELONG does a really great job with preparing you and supporting you throughout your whole volunteer experience, from your mentor to the local team. My mentor was extremely helpful, answering every question and the local team in Rabat made sure everything ran smoothly, supporting me through my triumphs and challenges. UBELONG is also affordable, being one of the best valued programs that will transform you through the things that you will experience. I would not trade my experience in Morocco with UBELONG for anything!

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  • Name: Alejandra de Maar
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

My UBELONG experience was incredible. The beginning was kind of a whirlwind because I found out I was accepted during finals season, but the staff was very helpful and professional in helping me get situated and working out everything I needed to make the trip. Once I was in Morocco, the local team was wonderful. My time abroad would have been impossible if the staff hadn’t been as kind or as understanding as they were. I also made fast friends with the other volunteers. My host family was really sweet, and I’m actually still in contact with them. Overall, I have very little negative to say about my UBELONG experience, and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity.

Read Alejandra’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Andre Hessini
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: May 2018
  • Duration: 5 weeks

UBELONG is a reliable and engaged volunteer platform that facilitates collaboration between interested volunteers and local NGOs. They were actively engaged in my experience and the work that I was doing throughout my time in Morocco. They are clearly selective in their local partnerships, as both my NGO and host family were wonderful. However, they are relatively “hands-off” in some respects, and it will likely take some initiative on your end to get the ball rolling with your local NGO. Overall, an enriching experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in getting a taste of international volunteering.

Read Andre’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Stefanie Linze
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: April 2018
  • Duration: 5 weeks

I highly recommend choosing UBELONG if you wish to get the most out of your volunteering mission. UBELONG is affordable, well organized, and the people behind the scenes genuinely care about their volunteers, making the experience comfortable with preparation and accommodation.

Read Stefanie’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Melody O'Connor
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Duration: 12 weeks

UBELONG is an incredible organization. From start to finish, they are at your side guiding you. They offer meaningful volunteer opportunities and really help you immerse yourself into the local culture. The UBELONG Team works hard to build a better world starting from the ground up, and it has been an honor to volunteer for them. Thank you, UBELONG!

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  • Name: Paloma Frautschi
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Duration: 12 weeks

Overall, I liked what UBELONG’s mission stood for, and the international team working in sync with my mentor in the United States made it so that there was always contact with my team leaders in Rabat, and I never felt like I was completely alone or overwhelmed. The team in Rabat was wonderful as well, with great, welcoming people working there. Both teams made sure that I was comfortable with my family, project, and the placement, which was also very reassuring/encouraging.

Read Paloma’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Julia Degelo
  • Nationality: Switzerland
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: March 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

My UBELONG stay in Rabat was one of the most amazing experiences I had in my life so far. I learned a lot about the country and the culture and about myself. The work in my project was exhausting and hard, I struggled a lot, but was also very proud that I did it and I really started to love the kids a lot. Saying goodbye was very hard, I met so many people I will miss and I surely have to return soon.
UBELONG always supported me and I never felt unaccompanied. Thank you.

Read Julia’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Lauren Julieann Bravo
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: April 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

While in Rabat, Morocco for three weeks, my primary task was to teach English to children ages three to six years old. My experience volunteering abroad reinforced my passion for helping others and provided me the opportunity to discover innovative ways to do so. It was an extremely rewarding experience seeing the children eager to learn and celebrating their accomplishments while growing close to the teachers and other volunteers. I also set the expectation to become a student myself by viewing Morocco as my classroom. I was consistently challenged, as I had to maneuver around language barriers and varying culture norms. I initially felt vulnerable, however I quickly took advantage of each moment by creating exciting learning experiences. I engaged in traditions, practiced an unfamiliar language, and became knowledgeable on Moroccan religion, economy, and society. This fueled a refreshed sense of appreciation for global interactions.

Read Lauren’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Rachel Chatfield
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: April 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

Traveling to Morocco was my first UBELONG trip and I can’t say enough good things about the experience. From the planning stages, all my question were answered in a timely fashion and I was given several preparation guides which made me feel extremely prepared for my trip. Once I actually got into Morocco the local team was so friendly and knowledgeable about my project which made the transition into volunteering very easy. From the homestay to actually volunteering and working with the local children, my overall experience with UBELONG and in Morocco was an amazing one. I gained an extreme appreciation for the Moroccan culture and a new insight into life in a Muslim county one that I never had before.

Read Rachel’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jasna Jusic
  • Nationality: Montenegro
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: January 2018
  • Duration: 8 weeks

I am happy that I chose UBELONG for my volunteering experience. From the very first contact with my mentor Martina, I had the impression that I am in good hands, that the organization can be trusted, and it proved right. There were no glitches in organization, the volunteers are well prepared prior and well tended during the experience. I would sincerely recommend UBELONG to anyone who is considering volunteering abroad.

Read Jasna’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Douglas Robbins
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: August 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

I loved my experience with UBELONG. The flexibility of the whole program was amazingly convenient, and definitely helped mitigate the stress of living in a foreign country with a wildly foreign culture. Morocco was the first ever African country and first ever Muslim majority country I had ever visited, and the wonderful team both before and after I arrived made me feel right at home.

Read Douglas’ Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jessica Wyn
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: January 2018
  • Duration: 1 week

Overall, I would say that UBELONG is an excellent example of semi-independent volunteering. It is not the kind of program that carries you every step of the way, but rather provides the stable groundwork for their volunteers to have set accommodations and project guidelines. The independence of being able to choose your own time frame, transportation and use of free time allows you to get as much as you want out of your experience, but UBELONG sets the bar so that you can’t experience as little as you wish, ensuring your housing and project will take you out of your comfort zone and have you interacting with the people in a meaningful way. It is a great opporuntity for people who are somewhat new to international travel and to people who haven’t yet left the safety of large tour groups. The volunteer work is meaningful in that it is based on and by the people to cover their actual needs, a sad rarity in a lot of volunteer programs. It is a great way to experience a new culture and people but you must keep on your head because at the end of the day, it’s on you. The staff are ready and willing to support you, but the expectation is that you can support yourself pretty well too. Overall, I never felt unsafe, I never felt alone, and I had a great time in Morocco. Thanks UBELONG.

Read Jessica’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Joanna Giordano
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

UBELONG was a great resource to connect us with the type of project we wanted to find in-country. I would love to go for longer and repeat the experience in more countries! Volunteering made the time much richer. Instead of just spending all our time just the two of us sightseeing and figuring out what to eat, we contributed to a project, met more people and ate home-made meals which we ate with our host families!

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  • Name: Nicoletta Panizzolo
  • Nationality: Italy
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Duration: 1 week

An extraordinary experience. My main aim was to do something of me to other poor people. I came back to Italy with a lot of good things, in particular social values: politeness, sense of belonging, great family, happiness with little things.

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  • Name: Fatima Haidar
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 4 weeks

While the psychiatric unit program challenged me, I encourage those considering it to keep the language barrier in mind. Without at least an intermediate understanding of French and/or Arabic, it can be very difficult to enjoy everything this experience has to offer. That in mind, this program did offer support for problems that arose in-country, and was very willing to work with volunteers to accommodate. I recommend it, and also recommend volunteers to expect the unexpected.

Read Fatima’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: David Trump
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: January 2017
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I am so thankful I had the opportunity to teach English in Morocco! If there is any advice I can give future volunteers is: come in with an open mind willing to learn from the culture you are in. Just because people may live a certain way, dress a certain way, or even eat a certain way that is different than what you are used to, doesn’t mean it is wrong or worse than what you consider “normal.” Different just means different; not worse, if anything potentially better. Understand you are in someone else’s home, allow yourself to experience it fully and perhaps in the process discover something about yourself or someone else you never would have otherwise.

Something beautiful happens when you take off your blinders and fully dwell in other people’s shoes, you begin to understand them and grow an appreciation for who they are, or at the least grow an appreciation for the luxuries you do have in your own country. Moral of the story: Never take anything for granted, especially your travels abroad. Secondly, sign up to volunteer for as long as possible. Make the monetary effort to stay at least a month. If you have a heart to serve, or even just a small volunteer bud in the garden waiting for water to grow, let UBELONG be the water you need to let it sprout. Sure, it is great to receive gifts, but I promise you, you receive so much more from others the more and more you give of yourself! No more second guesses, just so it!

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  • Name: Chuck Squires
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: April 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel internationally a fair amount over the last decade and firmly believe that as we travel you become more conscious and aware of our surroundings and our blessings in America. The occasional international trip to a new country makes a person more appreciative, grateful, happy and respectful of others. To me, life is about new experiences, meeting interesting/perhaps mysterious people; and as part of the team it really is all about leaving your comfort zone by stretching your mind and body. Or, how do we truly spend our time on this earth with purpose.

Read Chuck’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Taylor Uselman
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: December 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG made for an excellent time in Rabat, Morocco. They work fast on pushing through the paper work to get you started on your project and they have great preparation materials for a quicker acclimation into the program. Extremely friendly and kind as well and I am extremely thankful to have been able to participate in such an amazing opportunity for such a low cost.

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  • Name: Priyanka Srivastava
  • Nationality: Canada
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: February 2016
  • Duration: 3 weeks

UBELONG is a great organization, doing great work all over the world and they provided me with a lot of preparation materials prior to departure which helped quite a bit in being able to adapt to a different culture in Morocco. Although I have traveled quite a bit, the cultural sensitivities of Morocco were a bit different but the UBELONG preparation materials and local team in the Morocco office were more than helpful and understanding. The project of caring for children with disabilities was one of the best and most rewarding programs I have ever worked. You get one-on-one time with children and are able to help in any way that you see fit. Working with children with disabilities gave me a clearer perspective on the world as despite their physical handicaps they are some of the most positive and happy people I have worked with. UBELONG afforded me one of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences of my life. For anyone who wants to help I recommend getting involved with them.

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  • Name: Lydia Whitbeck
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: January 2016
  • Duration: 6 weeks

Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything Adriana! I really appreciate all the support and help through everything! UBELONG is a great organization and I will definitely be recommending it to others!

Read Lydia’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jack Bryan
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: June 2016
  • Duration: 8 weeks

UBELONG is an excellent way for people to get to know a foreign country and culture and to develop friendships and relationships with people across the globe, all while engaging in organizations worthy of service. I recommend it without reservation!

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  • Name: Brittani Mcleod
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: February 2015
  • Duration: 3 weeks

I volunteered with UBELONG twice, and plan to again in the future. The reasons are simple: They have high standards in regards to ethics, they have the best model for cultural exchange between volunteers and locals, they are safe, they have a great mentor ship program that is personable, and they set you up to volunteer with meaningful organizations where you can be the most impactful with your skills.

Read Brittani’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Kathy Wallace
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: July 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

The volunteer trip and most importantly the home stay has indeed changed me forever. I feel so fortunate to have learned a little about the Arab world and the Muslim faith from my experience. Our host family shared not only their home with us but also their family, friends and lives. They had very open discussions with us regarding their culture and their faith; I learned that we are not that different. I plan to share my new-found understanding back here in Minnesota and hopefully dispel some of the negative impressions people may have.

Read Kathy’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Devon Walker
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: April 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I was reminded of how little I know, how much there is to experience. I rekindled my desire to discover the world, to explore life itself. I reaffirmed the fact that life is a huge journey and that everyone you meet along the way has a gift to give if you are willing to receive it. Perhaps most of all, I learned that there is a universal language. That it really doesn’t matter if two people can’t understand the words they say to each other. True relationships are created using the language of enthusiasm, by reading a book called laughter, by listening to an orator named touch. We already speak the same language, its just a matter of remembering to listen.

Read Devon’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jayna Wallace
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: July 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I grew from this trip by being forced outside of my comfort zone each and every day. Initially, the homestays made me the most apprehensive and uneasy. There we were – in a different country, not speaking the same language, learning new customs, eating different food, and staying with a family with whom you’ve never met. However, by allowing myself to be open and vulnerable, I formed a bond with my host family almost instantly. By the conclusion of the trip, we had exchanged pictures, gifts, contact information, and countless smiles and laughs. Staying with the host families was one of the most rewarding and memorable parts of this trip.

Read Jayna’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Connor Wright
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: July 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

My overall experience with UBELONG was so positive in every aspect possible. From the moment I was accepted to volunteer in Morocco I was receiving helpful information, learning important cultural differences, and getting excited to explore such a colorful culture. When I finally arrived in Rabat I had some anxiety concerning how I would get to where I needed to be for orientation, if I would feel comfortable with my family, and if I was ready for this adventure. UBELONG helped me every step of the way. I was given instructions on where I needed to be, how orientation would be set up, and if I had any questions concerning the program. My very first day I met great friends and was with a Local Team that worked with me while I was abroad. I met great friends at orientation, was connected with my amazing host family, and was already feeling excited and comfortable with Rabat. During my time volunteering, UBELONG was always in constant contact asking me if there was anything else I needed or if I had any questions. UBELONG was one of the best experiences of my life, and I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking to make a difference for others and themselves.

Read Connor’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Anne Berg
  • Nationality: USA
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: July 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

I’m humbled to have had the privilege to work with such a talented group of women volunteers on such a deeply meaningful project – one that helps women achieve a better life through creating and selling eco-friendly art. A truly rewarding volunteer experience that I’ll carry with me always.

Read Anne’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Bethany Bijonowski
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: May 2015
  • Duration: 4 weeks

My experience in Morocco was unforgettable. I experienced so many new things and I was way outside my comfort zone. But I knew that UBELONG had my back. Every step of the way my mentor and the local team checked on me to make sure I was happy and safe and I really appreciate that. I have volunteered with other organizations in the past and I haven’t seen the same level of commitment to volunteer support that I felt at UBELONG. It’s also a great way to travel and get involved in the community. Why be a tourist when you can actually experience what it means to live in a typical household and work with actual people who want to make a difference? UBELONG offers a great opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the world from a completely new vantage point and that’s something that no one should pass up.

Read Bethany’s volunteer interview in our Volunteer Abroad news section.

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  • Name: Tanya Schmitt
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: July 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

In addition to meeting 20 other people that were like minded in the desire to stretch themselves and explore a new place, being part of the UBELONG volunteer trip gave me an opportunity to gain perspective. We had opportunities to interact with so many different people living in Rabat. My favorite part was learning their stories, and both how similar and different their experience is from mine. It was humbling to learn Arabic from a seven year old that could teach me in English. The complex history of the country, especially the expectations and role of women, was interesting to discuss and explore while we were there. There was so much personal growth that happened during our time there.

Read Tanya’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: John Evenstad
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: April 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

This was my second volunteer trip with UBELONG, and each one has been a wonderful opportunity to visit a corner of the world I would not have selected on my own and in a manner that very few people have the opportunity or desire to. Specifically, Morocco had a gravitational pull for me personally. The chance to visit a Muslim country is unique. Our view of Muslim countries is defined by what we see of the Middle East on the news – chanting, US flag burning, jeeps with rocket launchers, etc. I wanted to be able to see it first hand – open my mind to its realities, see what the people are really like, understand the perceived oppression, and break down my own fears. Morocco’s relative safety (its not the Middle East, but Africa, which Moroccans are quick to point out) and their understanding of the West made it an easy decision.

Read John’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Brigid Bonner
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: July 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

My volunteer project was going to a school to be an English Teacher. The impact I left was teaching the children the English language, but also letting them see the different clothing I was wearing, have fun and play together as well as the joy from the parents that their kids get that exposure.

Personally I was reminded how important it is to get out of your own element, how important it is to break your own routine and meet other people and hear their life story. I feel really strongly that corporations should embrace that kind of a trip. It gives people a greater sense of the world and of learning how you can establish commerce on a global basis.

What I loved about UBELONG and the organization is the flexible schedule and it really pointed out both ends of the countries experience – the commerce part, getting involved and the daily life of Moroccans and at the other end we had contact to people in the country that are wealthy. We saw not just one dimension, we say many dimensions and additionally we had a lot of fun.

Watch Brigid’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Jeff Prouty
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: April 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

We had worked with UBELONG in 2012 when we went to Galapagos, and we wanted to work with UBELONG again. Cedric and I had talked about Morocco after Galapagos, and those conversations were excellent and got me even more excited about the country. Little things like living with host families, which was a first for us, was also important. It was a stretch, and looking back it was one of the most memorable parts of the experience.

Read Jeff’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Bayard Gennert
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Rabat
  • Start date: July 2014
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Signing up for my second UBELONG volunteer trip, I knew that I would be joining other like-minded travelers in experiencing a different part of the world and making a positive impact. Being part of these trips, I realized that while our time on the ground is relatively short, it is the sustained involvement of all those coming before and after that achieves meaningful change.

I knew that coming to Morocco would be an immersion into new languages, traditions, people, and food – and that was a big reason I chose to go. Breaking away from the patterns of home, I wanted to be something other than a tourist. As a volunteer, you get hands-on and go behind the scenes, experiencing much the same but at a deeper level. With UBELONG, we would develop close relationships with people who are leading the way and making a difference for their communities, and helping these leaders achieve their goals is one of the best feelings.

Read Bayard’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Silvia Rivera
  • Nationality: United States
  • Location: Lisbon
  • Start date: June 2018
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Just what I was looking for in a volunteering experience!

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  • Name: Louise Helldén
  • Nationality: Sweden
  • Location: Lisbon
  • Start date: January 2018
  • Duration: 3 weeks

As I tell everyone: the three weeks at the food bank project in Lisbon were undoubtedly the best three weeks of my life. And I’m not even exaggerating. I could easily have stayed for months more. I have made friends for life and I’m so inspired to keep working with projects like this one in the future, they really make a difference. Thank you so so much!

Read Louise’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Esther de Groot
  • Nationality: Holland
  • Start date: April 2017
  • Duration: 1 day

We travel a lot and we are blessed to work for a company like Microsoft. We also see that not everyone is so fortunate as we are to travel and see different cities, so we really wanted to give something back and that’s why we organized that UBELONG Company Programs trip.

Watch Esther’s Volunteer Interview In Our Volunteer Abroad News Section.

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  • Name: Petra Daiberl
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Start date: April 2017