First off, I am terribly sorry for not updating. When I was in France, updates came easy because I was doing so many new things and felt this need to record everything. Here, I’m doing all sorts of new things here, but I’m not really seeing any new places, it’s just new ideas from training. Also, any free time I have is immediately designated to sleeping, and showering. Since between all this it’s very had to find time to update my blog and find a computer in the computer lab, I’ve started writing down everything I do every day in a journal. Hopefully, this will keep me from forgetting the important stuff when it comes time to make a post. Anyway, I’ve already been interupted three times while writing this post, so I’m just going to let it all out and see what happens. 🙂
September 12- Went to a ropes course in Iowa City, about an hour from here, with my entire team. It was more of a challenge course, only one rope was involved during the whole day and we were never more than a foot off the ground. It felt pretty amazing to go through the activities with my team and see how we solved problems. It seemed like everybody took a chance at being the leader and everyone was invovled, so hopefully that will continue to be a pattern throughout the year. After the ropes course we went back to campus for Portfolio training where we learned about some of the paperwork that needs to be completed following a service project.
September 13- Spent the day doing Hands of Peace training. We talked a lot about conflict resolution and how to properly communicate with our teammates. I went into the training thinking I wouldn’t like it, but in the end it was very useful, and again had some activities that gave me more faith in my team as a whole. We also wrote a team charter, basically outlining what is acceptable beyond the Americorps NCCC Policies for our team. It felt good to outline some of the trickier subjects, and make sure that we’re all on the same page.
September 14- We started the day at 5:20 with PT involving our entire Pine unit in the gym. We did pyramids, basically situps, pushups, etc, in increasing then decreasing amounts. After that we had tool training where we learned the safety policies of powertools and then got to use some of them ourselves. We finished the day with more training, learning about what NCCC is and how we can present that to the public.
Interupted again. I’ll finish this post later. 🙂