First, a couple puzzles from the photos I have taken so far on our volunteer trip to St. Lucia. I am not allowed to take photos in the village where we are working yet — it is essential that we not look like tourists but become part of the community as best we can. Starting on Thursday I will be able to snap a few photos so much more to come!
We have had to do some serious shifting and paying attention to the details has been critical. Before talking about those shifts, here are two Find the Difference so you can work on paying attention to the details. Can you find the three differences in each of these?
Organizing and unpacking the supplies donated by so many generous people!
Find three more differences in this one!
The Catholic Church in Anse La Raye originally built in 1796 but rebuilt several times over the years. They are one of our hosts for this project.
Now a peak into the first few days our #AdventureInService.
One of the first things stressed in all the material we received from Global Volunteers before leaving for our trip to work on the St. Lucia Project is be prepared to expect the unexpected.
We were ready to shift gears and pace. We were ready to roll with the punches as things came up and were fully prepared to be alert and to be ready to think on our feet. We were even prepared to accept and work within a whole different set of cultural norms — even those that made us uncomfortable (and there are a few).
We were completely prepared to serve the local community — not teach or lead but do what needed to be done to best support.
The foundation of Global Volunteers 12 Essential Services project. The idea is that if you take care food and health and support children psychosocially, you can raise the IQ of a nation….
What we did not expect, however, was to change assignments after we arrived in Anse La Raye — especially when that assignment changed required completely different clothes to be appropriate and respectful!
Two weeks before we left, our assignments came via email along with very specific, culturally appropriate clothing requirements. Dan was going to be working in the Primary School and I was assigned to the Earth Box project. There is a dress code for volunteers who work in the schools so we took great pains to prepare Dan’s clothing so he was dressed appropriately.
I was going to be digging in the dirt and working with local mothers setting up Earth Boxes so each could have a variety of fresh vegetables at their own homes and available to them at the Catholic church in a space where the grounds have more than a few square feet to spare. All I needed to worry about was that I had simple clothing, not too tight, and pants that covered my knees.
When we arrived, we found out that the supplies for Earth Boxes were not there…. No seedlings. Not enough peat moss….. So I was reassigned to…the Primary School!
The amazing project leader helped me fix the wardrobe failure (that is a long story for another day) and we again shifted! We are now better prepared and are expected more unexpected things.
My comfort zone is expanding every day in so many unimaginable ways!!