Today, I went to go turn in my volunteer application at the Hermitage and I did not know that I would be volunteering right away. Since I do now have my volunteer badge ready yet, I had to wear a temporary volunteer badge for the day. I felt kind of awesome because I got to go in places that normal visitors do not have access. Score!
So what did you do at the Hermitage today? Honestly, it was rather tedious and boring work. For the first hour, I was standing by the main entrance and telling people to leave their coats in the cloakroom. They asked questions and I did not know the answers. Thankfully, these two sweet girls were also by the entrance and they helped out more than I did. Both of the girls were very nice and they were great company. Then I went into the archeology department which I thought would be more interesting but it was not.
Basically, all I did was number and date some bags. The little bags contained something that looked like dirt or ash. I’m not so sure what to call it. The lady in charge told me that with that they would be able to determine what the pottery was used for. Yes, it was boring but the time passed quickly because I wanted to see how quickly I could get it done. I turned it into a race against myself. I needed to entertain myself somehow.
I don’t know when I will volunteer again. Maybe Tuesday or Wednesday.
Also while I was walking to the Hermitage, I kept slipping. It is so slippery outside and I’m surprised that I did not actually fall. I must have slipped about 10 times today. It’s so icy and I don’t even see it. Every time I slip, I feel so stupid and silly but then I saw a man slip pretty badly. That made me feel better about slipping 10 times because I realized that everyone slips. The ice does not discriminate and I am not the only one.
On the walk home, I realized that I am very thankful that I am apart of CIEE because it is a good program. It is because of them that I learned about volunteering at the Hermitage and about teaching English. It’s great!