We are a team of twelve volunteers and one team leader. Sarah, Anna, Jake, Tyler, Sharon, Katie, Mitchell, Chelsea, Dana, Alexis, Maryann, and myself (Kelly). Today was a day of introduction. We met our team leader, Maggie, and learned about her background; we met our teammates and learned a little about everyone; we met María de Lourdes, the treasurer of FUNDAC, and heard about FUNDAC’s role with the day care centers; and we met Richard from Day Tours of Quito and heard about some tour opportunities.
We spent the morning reviewing the Volunteer Manual with a focus on the guiding principles. In the afternoon we had a Spanish prep class to prepare us for our first day at the daycare center. The biggest learning was the cultural difference in the type of questions we would be asked. In the U.S. you would ask about careers, but in Ecuador you would be asked about your age and marital status.
Our team worked on our goals with the following objectives established:
To practice my Spanish
To make a difference in the community of Calderón
To explore Ecuador
To understand and connect with Ecuadorians
To leave Ecuadorians with a positive impression of U.S. Americans
To immerse ourselves in and understand Ecuadorian culture
To make personal connections
We also defined our Characteristics of an Effective Team: