Volunteerism is a way to say hello to thy neighbor. I know I cannot solve all the problems of the world, but if I can do just a little piece of good,
then I have truly loved my neighbor.
-Dr. Edgar Villamarin
Edgar Villamarin credits his decision to go into the field of psychology to his mother. After seeing how much compassion, peace and understanding she had when speaking with other people, he wanted to echo her values in his life. It was an early influence that stuck with him.
His career took him to Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters in Los Angeles. When he left private practice, he decided to give his time to a program that helped students with their homework after school. It was there that he met Ulises. 12 years later Edgar continues to mentor Ulises. What started as homework help, transformed into running 5K road races and attending basketball games together. All these years later, Ulises is now pursuing a career as a not-for-profit immigration lawyer.
“Life is not about fame or how many toys you collect,” said Edgar. “Life is about what you can do for others. I believe that is what gives meaning and significance to one’s life.”
Edgar came to the cruise through MENTOR, a national mentoring organization that assists local community programs. He was part of a social media contest and his inspiring story of mentorship received the most votes.
In his spare time Edgar loves to play Sudoku and chess, as well as travelling and dancing. His real passion however, is just being around people interacting and learning their stories. His other passion is spending time with his daughter Sarah, who will be joining him on the cruise.