We had lecture all morning about the different dangers of mucking and gutting houses that have been affected by a disaster. Most of it was review for me. After lunch we were able to go to a couple of houses that were flooded last year and work on them. Not only were we doing the mucking out, but we also started working on the rebuilding by replacing some of the rotten studs.
All day was spent in lecture. Tuesday was a very big night for us--that is when we found who is on our permanent teams. We were told a charade to act out (a taxi cab driver) and to find all the other people that were acting out the same charade. Then we were sent on a scavenger hunt to find out who our team leader was and where he was hiding. It was fun and frustrating at the same time. I only knew a few of my new team members. After getting some help from one of the other team leaders (one of our clues was stolen), we finally figured out where our team leader was hiding. I was happy to find out that our team leader is Max. He is laid-back and likes to find humor in every situation. After a team meeting, some of the team went shopping for food for the next couple of days. I made the mistake of going with them--we were out shopping until 11 pm.
Wednesday started out bright and early with physical training in the morning. Afterwards we had a fun day doing Hands of Peace as a new team. Hands of Peace is a training tool to help teams build unity and community. I really enjoyed the day. We also came up with a working draft of our team charter (rules to live by as a team). In the afternoon I was told that I would be moving rooms earlier than the rest of the campus. So I packed up and was moved a few hours later. The nice part is that I already knew my new room-mate.
Instead of being in class all day, we volunteered around the community. My team ended up working at the local Salvation Army. Most of us worked outside clearing some logs and brush that the Salvation Army volunteers had already cut down. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work outside all day.
Physical training in the morning was fun. We went around the gym as a team and did different things at different stations. It was challenging but fun. That night we also had room changes, but I didn't need to switch rooms again, which was nice to not have to do again.
I know that this is about a week out of date--but just so you guys know, in a couple of days we will be heading out on our first project. We will be working in Pikeville Tennessee at two state parks. At Fall Creek Falls State Park we will be maintaining trails, and at Cummins Falls State Park we will be clearing new trails in preparation for the park opening. I am super excited about working at both parks, they have waterfalls that rival Ithaca!