Maximizing Your Experience

Hope is the Spark that Changes Lives

smiling kidThe VWP experience is unique. We have found that team members who have the best experiences and are most suited for these types of vacation share these traits:

  1. A high degree of flexibility and patience. If there is one thing we’ve learned from experience, it is that things never go 100% according to plan.
  2. Self-motivation.  It is up to each team member to decide what work you would like to do and at what intensity you want to work, depending on your skills and comfort with the tasks. 
  3. Cultural Sensitivity. Remember that we are guests in these communities.  Their customs and ways of doing things may seem unusual, inconvenient, unnecessary or even at times backwards.  But we are there to experience their culture – it’s in large part what will make the experience most memorable for you - and you might even learn a thing or two!
  4. Willingness to Participate. The success of any team experience is largely dependent on group participation and sharing of responsibilities. There will be some tasks where volunteers from the team will be asked to take the lead. Everyone has something to offer, and a willingness to offer assistance is essential.

Just as important though is a good sense of humor, willingness to work with a servant heart, openness to new experiences, and a desire to have FUN!

 

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