Catarina Sales from Vitamin Angels will be accompanying Univera Associates for this year’s Serve First’s trip to Nicaragua. Read more about Catarina below:
1. Please provide a short paragraph about yourself. Start with the easy stuff; name, where you live, how long you’ve been involved in Univera, etc., then feel free to open up. What do you do for fun? Do you have a significant other, kids, pets? Hobbies or special talents?
My name is Catarina Sales. I am the Logistics Specialist at Vitamin Angels. I’ve been working for Vitamin Angels since 2013. I live in Santa Barbara, California. I enjoy hiking, dancing, eating and spending time with my friends and family.
2. What is your favorite Univera Product and why?
I’m always looking for new body wash, and Aloe Vera adds nice hydration to my skin, leaving it really soft.
3. What does Serve First mean to you?
Serve First means that thousands of children will be able to get the micro-nutrients they need because of your support. We are grateful for Univera who has made serving others a priority in their organization.
4. How do you include the Serve First mission into your Univera business?
Serve First is dedicated to providing nutritional support to impoverished children around the world. Vitamin Angels helps children under five gain access to life-saving and life changing vitamins and minerals. Both missions complement each other, and we are thrilled to have your support.
5. Describe how you felt when you found out that you had been chosen to go on the annual Serve First trip?
I am excited to be traveling to Nicaragua with Serve First. It will be my first time in Central America. I am looking forward to meeting some of our partners and beneficiaries and sharing that experience with Serve First.
6. What are your expectations about Nicaragua? What do you think it will be like there?
My first thought is that it will probably be hot and humid. I also think it will be full of life and energy, despite some of the conditions we might witness, such as poverty. I look forward to interacting with the children and their mothers, and maybe catch a glimpse of their daily lives.
7. What are you doing to prepare for your trip physically, mentally and emotionally?
I’ve been spending some time online learning things about the country and some of its cultural heritage. I look forward to be able to practice the little bit of Spanish that I know. I’m also planning on purchasing a little travel book for Nicaragua.