greetings from Bahamas, where I am enjoying the money you sent me for ZOO after-flood cleaning volunteering
Oh, just kidding, using my usual bad jokes
I am already in Prague, doing everything I promised to do
As a volunteer, I had my first working day on Wednesday and the last one will be tomorrow, then I will head back to Brno. So 4 days of volunteering!
I must say the organization is just perfect - the first day you sign some papers about the safety of the work, then you get a ticket for a free (but rich and delicious) lunch in restaurant, a bottle of water and some sweets. You also wear a sexy nameplate "volunteer" to get into zones where no normal visitor can enter, because the whole low complex of the ZOO is now closed and nobody is allowed to get there. But I think that nameplate is mostly ment to explain your totally dirty clothes
You are also assigned to some section of the ZOO. I got the "BIRDS" part! The first day I was told to join the group which cares for the enclosures for swamp birds and I decided to stay there, trying to help to finish this part completely!
I am even very lucky to work on animals exhibits, so I stay in aviaries, removing mud from the ground and from walls, washing the floor and visitor's part (those are walk-through aviaries, visitors are allowed to enter them). It is quite a hard work and it is very exhausing, but you really get to see the results. Simply, if you compare the morning's look of the exhibits with the result of your work, you can really see clear difference
this asures you that you really helped, that your work had some sense
also I love our "supervisor", the keeper of swamp birds. He is very nice to us, encouraging us and he seems to be so happy and grateful when he sees how the enclosures are getting closer and closer to their normal state
when it is possible I try to chat, because I love when zookeepers speak about their job, it is always so interesting.
The work itself is... well, interesting, I like it a lot, but you get very dirty! And I mean VERY dirty, your clothes are simply wet and totalyl covered with mud. And that mud comes from flood, which means it is the most likely contaminated. There are also dead fish everywhere. I work with a hose a lot and they water is splashing everywhere, "spitting" this awful dirt to my eyes, cheaks, lips...
yummy! I immediately got spots on my face, so I can imagine how wonderful things were present in that mud
but it is all fun, I do not complain at all - I am so happy I can be here!!!!!
I bought some bottles of dezinfection, gloves and really awesome broom as I promised and I also put those stickers there.
I also told the keeper about whole "Deliver Woxys to ZOO Prague project" and he seemed to be pretty amused
but he was indeed grateful about all the stuff I bought from your donations
So I can asure you that your donation had sense - they will surely use all the stuff I bought for cleaning and I think I can say I also helped a lot, trying to work as much as I can. So I really serve as a worker which was delivered by you.
Once more, thank you so much for your help!
As you can imagine, I am very tired (today, as an only girl, I stayed with men, using shovels to remove the layer of afwul post-flood mud and dirty sand from the enclosure. Huh, that was so hard
but I prefered this to cleaning walls which was the task of the women
). So no pictures today, sorry!
After I get back to Brno, I will post very few photos I took and I will make a calculation of the costs to see how much money is left. This rest will be then sent to the bank account of the ZOO as I promised.
Transparent Woxys is tranparent - your trust means a lot for me!