We surpassed our goal of recruiting 8-10 participants for this Mission Trip sponsored by Friends of Cozumel. Fifteen volunteers participated (6 Cozumel residents and 9 visitors from Iowa, Nebraska and Texas). All visiting volunteers added extra days before or after the February 24 – March 2 Mission Trip to assist with preparation, follow-up or to enjoy some well deserved vacation time here on the island.
I’m feeling a bit of withdrawal now that Phyllis and Gary, the last visiting volunteers returned to the US on Wednesday. It is quiet, tranquil . . . no more noise from power tools; no one is lamenting for the 100th time we didn’t have a table saw; no more paint and varnish fumes to endure; no more schedules or logistics to arrange or change for the umpteenth time; no more laughter and gentle ribbing among friends during the daily Happy Hours we all looked forward to sharing.
KUDOS to Phyllis, our Mission Trip blogger, for sharing her perspective of our experiences in her daily posts. Although we’ve taken a brief hiatus from posting . . . I assure you the mission project work is continuing with the hand off to local volunteers. Promoting volunteerism and developing local leadership skills is one of our goals for efforts sponsored by Friends of Cozumel.
The CAM school is fortunate to have an excellent wood shop instructor and tools for the teens to use to learn. What they lack, however, is an ongoing supply of materials and “real” projects to make. See CAM’s wish list of needs. Donating materials like wood scraps goes a long way in getting these teens involved in projects where they and others can see the results . . . and it is a great boost to their self confidence.
Providing opportunities to learn and contribute . . . that’s what it’s all about! – – Karen