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A Day in the Life of a Volunteer
How do volunteers spend a typical day?
While every day is different, this schedule is meant to provide an overview of how you, as a volunteer, would spend your time with the Foundation.
Mornings are typically spent working on individual projects and meeting with other team members when collaboration is desired. Once per month, a meeting is held for the entire team in order to provide updates and feedback.
Many volunteers use their own laptops to work on projects, and those that don’t have a laptop use one of the few computers provided by the Foundation. Examples of projects undertaken by volunteers include: artisan communication and outreach, photography, website development and maintenance, grant application, optimization of operational processes, obtaining increased market access, workshops with artisans, reception of visitors, assistance in the monthly artisan meeting, and much more.
5:30pm – The team packs up to head back to town. Buses return to town every ten minutes or so in the afternoon, and stop directly outside of the office.
What happens on a “non-typical” day? While the daily occurrences are described above, volunteers are exposed to much more throughout their stay, for example:
- Volunteers work one day per week in downtown Temuco, in the store of the Regional Museum of Araucanía, which is administered by the Chol-Chol Foundation. This provides the opportunity to learn more about the products, and share experiences with artisans, students, tourists, and locals.
- Trips to the country to meet with artisans are taken ideally once per month, and give volunteers a hands-on look at the artisans’ lives and work.
- The textile artisans of the association meet at the Foundation office one per month, and come to the office sporadically to deliver product and talk with the volunteers.