I'm feeling happier this evening.
It made me realise what it was that I was missing. Sitting on the porch, with my laptop, every day is all very nice but I was yearning for the warmth and smiles that I had enjoyed in abundance at KOTO.
It seems like stating the absolutely obvious, but volunteers only do what they are doing because they enjoy it. Did anybody ever volunteer their time to do a task they really hated?
Maybe I need the gratification of happy faces about me Playing piggy backs with a bunch of kids isn't going to save the world or even enhance their lives much past this afternoon. But as a volunteer you need to be part of something. You need that interaction.
I'm honest enough to admit that my time at the school today was largely for my own benefit I enjoyed it immensely. In truth, I believe you have to feel a connection with an organisation, or a country, if you are going to stay a while and offer genuine help. Otherwise where is your motivation?
That's what I gained today. I'm delighted to say I have been invited back. I am sure I will be a frequent visitor
I hope I can build that in to my work for CafeChavalos. At the very least I know that it will make me happier and more at home here.
That can only benefit what I do.
* Pics are from this afternoon. The shot of me pulling faces and looking very warm was taken by one of the school kids. Aged only seven she took some great shots including this one and this one. All the pics are here.