STUDY ABROAD ALUMNI STORY

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Why did you decide to do volunteer abroad?

I had a desire to travel abroad this summer, plus continue to help people.

Tell us about the program you went on

It was a faculty lead program from the University of Alabama, called Service Learning in the Dominican Republic.

How did you pay for your volunteer abroad experience?

Scholarships covered my whole trip.

What is one thing you wish you would have known about volunteer abroad before you left?

The importance of knowing the host country language and how even in a short amount of time you are making a different. 

Did you experience any discrimination abroad because of your race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or a physical disability? If so, what did you learn from the experience?

No.

I was able to continue help and serve. I practiced a lot of Spanish and I am getting better at it.

What was the most memorable moment of volunteering abroad?

Jumping of a cliff in a cave in 19 ft. of water.

In what way do you feel your experience abroad has prepared you for your future career? (Think both tangible things like language acquisition and intangible like learning to work with people who are very different from you)

The first time I studied abroad, it lead me to want to help other minorities abroad. I started a campaign at my school to push study abroad and I have continued to do this on my current job as an admission counselor. My recent volunteering abroad has continue to fuel my passion to spread awareness about studying abroad to minorities. It has also lead me to learn as many languages as I can 

Would you recommend the program you went on, if so why??

Yes the Mariposa foundation is a great place to volunteer. The Dominican Republic is also a beautiful place.

What advice do you have for others thinking about volunteering abroad?

Be prepared to work very hard and enjoy the moment.

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