I cannot believe at this time, in ten days most of us (in the first group) will be on a plane or will have just arrived in New Orleans! I cannot wait! However, I am not looking forward to waking up at 3:30 am to be able to catch my flight :(, though I know it will be worth it.
Other than that, what am I excited about? …. Pretty much everything. Jazz fest, swamp tour, West Ship Island, exploring, getting to know a fantastic group of people, putting all my effort into something I know is helping others. We haven’t found out details of the volunteering we will be doing during the weeks, but I know whatever it is, it will be the most memorable part of this trip. The movies we’ve watched and readings we’ve completed will not compare in the slightest to the learning experience we will have while on New Orleans soil.
I’m also particularly looking forward to our speakers from the New Orleans Food Cooperative. Over the past few years one of the things I’ve taken interest in is food security. I think co-operatives such as this are a great community approach to tackling issues that many people face on a daily basis. Their website noted that… “It could be argued that human cooperation dates back prior to written history–that cooperation is natural, and that the survival of humans was once directly tied to the idea of working together for common welfare. ” While this makes the utter most sense, things today have drifted so far off…
Last summer, I read the book “The Edible City: Toronto’s Food from Farm to Fork”. It was interesting to read about everything that happens locally regarding our food, while many people are so consumed with heading to the nearest Metro or Sobeys to purchase their food, mainly out of convenience. I had no idea about some of the things within our city, but get excited to learn about it and take advantage of it whenever I can.
There’s so much good resting in every community and I think it’s really important to engage and indulge yourself in it. The greatest strength anywhere comes from working together, from being a team, everyone putting in their contribution and creating a whole. I’m really looking forward to working as a team with everyone in New Orleans, to work towards rebuilding their community!
- Shannon K