We've been volunteering in New Orleans for 10 days now. We have split into 2 work groups - one working with the Episcopal Service Organization and the other with Phoenix of New Orleans. The first group is installing siding, trim, windows, steps and subfloors. The second group is building all new interior walls, framing for new windows and doors, and replacing termite damaged components through out.
One of the students confided that he was scared. Previously, he was monitored closely. Now he was expected to use his training and build with less guidance. In most cases, the students are the on site experts as the Americorps volunteers who oversee the build site have no construction training. This is absolutely the best type of training for our students!