While a student at Cornell University, Cedric Hodgeman was inspired to change the way people engage with the world.
For years, he traveled, studied and served throughout the world. However, back at home, there were so many people who struggled to find the right opportunity to travel and fulfill their promise as global citizens.
In 2009, UBELONG was founded in Washington, DC, one of the world’s most important centers of international affairs.
Right from the start, we tapped heavily into DC networks to design our world-class programs.
UBELONG is made up of an international team of world-class professionals spread across five continents.
We started in 2010 working in Asia and Latin America. Two years after we established programs in Africa. In 2013 we opened our European office in Lisbon, Portugal and in 2015 our Latin American office in Cusco, Peru.
In 2017 we moved our US office from Washington, DC to Charleston, South Carolina, a fast-growing entrepreneurial hub.
We are a global organization, but we think local.
The name UBELONG is a call for action. It reflects the values of our organization.
UBELONG is the simplification of a simple but powerful statement: “you belong”.
When we say “you belong” we are talking to the thousands of people who yearn to make a difference abroad.
Also, when we say “you belong” we are talking to the people who live in the communities across the world where we work. Through our volunteer trips, we seek to strengthen a sense of social inclusion in these communities, a sense of global belonging.