This is an archived copy of RQ volunteer activity report posted by: japanecolodge | May 20, 2011, reprinted through the courtesy of Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA). Current condition is quite different so please find the latest information in other articles.
You might wonder what we do all day. So, we are introducing our typical daily schedule at Kahoku Volunteer Center. If you are thinking about coming to help, read this for your reference. (The site is weather dependent and the availability of the number of the volunteers also changes what we are able to carry out)
breakfast – rice and miso soup are ready to serve by this time. Side dishes are leftovers and ones that are brought by someone.
lunch preparation- make rice balls – you make your own
other preparations – once everybody is ready to roll, all of us gather to start loading goods (shovels, wheelbarrow)
cleaning – clean the center where we use daily, there is no one in charge for this task, but gets done by people who have time to spare
morning meeting – allocate vehicles for the day’s task
mud busters are now on duty
today, we work at Tanichi district to remove the cement block walls
it’s quite hot during the day, people sweat with manual labor
remove the blocks by hammering into small pieces
after the work, it looks quite nice
a whole picture of a house, now the block wall is removed, the debris that you see in front are the ones been worked on
15:00 work completion
smiles after safe return, Bunkyo University #6 delegation joined from today
tidy away – each person helps to clean the tools and instruments used on the day to prepare for tomorrow
dinner preparation – everybody gets together to prepare dinner, it is more effective
taking a bath – if one wishes, he or she can go to a bath, to a hotspring near the roadside station. the one without a car can share a ride. sometimes our neighbors invite us into their houses for baths
dinner is served during 18:00 – 20:30
study at night – local junior and senior high students show up to study, the teachers are the volunteers. if you are not good at teaching, don’t worry, take the chance to be a teacher.
the kids are looking forward to listening to your stories, where you come from, the life experience you share
night meeting – review agenda for tomorrow, but also share comments based on the work done
free time – depending on the physical condition, one can go to sleep if desired. one can continue to communicate with others, but not too late to obstacle tomorrow’s job
These are pretty much what we do for a day, a case for mud musters. There are other teams working, investigation team, goods distribution team, cooking team, etc. There are many involved here at the center to make it work, including me who oversees the coordination tasks among other volunteer centers and offers orientation for the new comers.
Working with a computer is a challenge for me. One day an elementary school kid called me ‘computer uncle’. I wish he would have called me at least ‘a brother’.