Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Wong

Ryan is an adventurous guy who loves to travel and meet new people.

Why did you choose this program?

Sunset in the Galapagos Islands

I chose this program because their first trip to the Galapagos intrigued me and drew me into world of traveling alone and meeting new people. They also had several interesting locations around the world which is astounding.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider provided almost all the information we needed to know for the trip. I had to organize my own time for both packing and getting a visa to enter the country.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Be sure you're able to handle spicy foods. A lot of their meals include hot chilies and so it can cause a little bit of discomfort for the first few days, but after that, you're gonna miss the food after you leave.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The program really varies in what happens each day. However, during volunteering, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm you teach at the assigned school, and from 7:30pm to 9:00pm you plan your lessons to teach the children the next day. That's the only thing that's somewhat in order.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

For this time there wasn't any major issues. Everyone just came together and became a huge group and bonded. The food was pretty decent, and it was a very safe country. My only concern was to not lose my passport.

What's the dress code like?

For 2 of the 3 places you will be visiting, the dress code is pretty laid back no restrictions. For Singaraja however, women are not allowed to wear tank-tops or shorts around the city. It's just part of their culture.