We understand that at home, most volunteers usually don’t wake up until dinner time the following day … So to compensate, there is normally about an hour for everyone to get their wits about them, eat, get changed and get working!
Depending on the time of your Outreach Trip you will be contributing to a different stage in the project. You may be the first group to arrive, so your work hours will be spent digging trenches and building the foundations. If you’re the last group to arrive, your work hours will be lighter, spending time painting structures or adding final touches.
Some volunteers use this time to re-energize via a mid-shift nap, or play cards to relax for a while.
If it is raining, there is no need to panic. SOS and your partnering organization have prepared the work schedule and trip itinerary to reflect local conditions like weather. If you’re travelling in the rainy season, you may wake up earlier or take a later lunch to make sure you can get a good amount of work in.
Every day will be different and how volunteers choose to spend this time will reflect that. Some days will be quiet afternoons of R&R and some will be spent participating in community events, cooking lessons, visiting homes and more.