Friday, October 9, 2009

Community Site Day

I had my first day at my community site for my non-internship. They say w shouldn't call it an internship, but that's the easiest way to explain it to the other employees. I'm wracking my brains already about my learning contract. The woman who is supervising me is awesome.

I'm working at an emergency shelter for homeless teens. The house was full today - 12 of them. It was pretty low-key today though apparently that's not often the case. Bonus: I get to eat dinner there 2 nights a week and I don't have to cook it!

I helped a girl with her welfare paperwork, hung out with kids, ate dinner, and watched a movie. I am going again tomorrow and am excited to see them again. There is a lot of turnover, but I'm anxious to see how the overall agency works to refer the kids within their resources.


ogre said...

Calling internship would confuse people... for whom "internship" in the context of pursuing UU ministry has an explicit definition.

Alas. Because for everyone else, it's understandable as being an internship.

I suggest embracing the word "like."

"It's like an internship, yep." That should be safe; it confirms what people perceive, affirms that it's not quite that, but suggests that it's not worth pursuing the distinction unless someone wants to get down into the minutiae. Most won't.

Heidi said...

This "like internship" sounds like a very interesting learning experience. I hope you will be able to post more about your experiences at the shelter.