Orange RockCorps Volunteering

On Saturday I decided to make use of the opportunity to get a free concert ticket in exchange for 4
hours of volunteering. It was fun, exhausting and very rewarding.

The project I had selected was painting at Battersea Dogs and Cats home. Me and my friend arrived and we immediately noticed a big orange rock corps tent with music blaring out. It was hot as well, like 25 degree hot. After registration and an ice-breaker activity which involved us trying to untangle a giant know formed by picking a random strangers hand. It was fun and I started to notice that the age of the volunteers really did vary, although I am sure the website said up to 25 years old I think there were a few people in their late twenties there to get free tickets. Though I am a bad judge of age, so sorry if you were all under 25!

We got painting dog kennels in groups of four and these were not little dog kennels, in fact they were more like box rooms in a house. And we had about 3 hours left to paint four of them. We were 16 and 4 people were assigned to each room. We cleared debris, put tarpaulin on the floor, taped it and then had to paint the whole room blue for the huskies (as people did comment dogs are colour blind so I don't know if they'd appreciate the greyish tone they see but apparently they love it). We were the last ones to get a stepladder and despite this finished first and half of our group were sent off to do another room front scratch. A few stepladder moments later and despite being told not to paint the ceiling, we did - accidentally while trying to get to the top of the walls (oh well, don't think dogs can see that high).

Orange tshirt splattered with paint and newest pair of trainers and oldish jeans and 3 hours later we were done. We got given our tickets and food - a sandwich and a packet of crisps. never had a sandwich tasted so good, I was starving! It was past two o'clock and I had only had a light breakfast.

We then got tours of the cat area where there was a cute little cat that came out to greet everyone and it was so cute! Did I mention how cute it was? We then went over to the dog area which naturally are a lot louder and bark though there were some incredible dogs there. If I ever want to adopt, that'll be where I go.

Overall, I was tired at the end of the day but it was totally worth it. A free ticket, a nice feeling inside, an encouragement to volunteer, I got to meet a lot of new people and it was an amazing experience that I'll never forget. Do it! I'm so glad I did!

Let's hope the scheme's still running next year, if so see you then! And for everyone else from the project, see you at the concert July 12th!
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About Giovanni Costa

Radio journalist, newspaper editor, travel writier, tour guide and Disney Cast Member. These are just some of the things Gio has done in the past few years. He loves visiting new destintions, trying new food and wants you to come along for the ride!
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