Archive for June, 2009

A Volunteer Site! Beer!

June 5, 2009

HeritageFestivalToday I had my interview at the International Institute of St. Louis. The hardest part of the interview was figuring out where to park and finding the front door of the building. The property must be zoned industrial or something obscure…I have never seen such a big building have NO windows! Is that a fire hazard??

It wasn’t really an interview by normal standards. Rather, it was a sit-down session to make sure I wasn’t crazy. I think they probably weed a lot of people out with the background check and then the interview. It was very casual. She asked a couple questions (what is your prior volunteer experience, what skills do you bring), but most of it was just explaining next steps and volunteer opportunities. I think she was excited to hear I was considering Peace Corps. She said a lot of their volunteers are pre Peace Corps or Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV).

My orientation is next Tuesday, so that is great. Then I can get started! I am really excited about the opportunity. I think I will learn a ton – and the environment seems great. I can’t wait to help the new Americans!

Tomorrow night I will be attending the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival in Forest Park. $30 got me a ticket, which gets me a commemorative tasting glass and 4 hours of unlimited sampling of the 70 beer varieties presented. I intend to make a noticeable dent in the supplies. My friend Chris is volunteering there tonight. During his volunteer training he said they normally anticipate each person drinking 3 or 4 pints. Let’s see…48-64 oz? I don’t see myself having any problem reaching those numbers if it’s the delicious beer of some of our wonderful hometown breweries (Schlafly, Buffalo, O’Fallon, Morgan St, Trailhead, and others). Gemuetlichkeit!