LA SMALA respondido
Hello dear volunteers,
We started in June 2020 receiving volunteers via worldpackers, after the confiment. Our ecovillage team received about 12 volunteers this summer 2020, medium average 4-6 together, including from Worldpackers, workwaway, helpx ... Most of the volunteers asked to stay longer, and were happy. Julia was an exception. She requested money to help on the bar for a party, and repeated many times that her father was lawer, threathening our manager, we we did not like it, but stayed cool. It was her first experience as volunteer, she had no previous experience in housekeeping, nor in social media management (she was studying, second year). We invited her to use a time tracker to manage her hours, and she did not use it. Her activities were as planned in her contract : diversified, and open to dialogue if she wanted to change the type of tasks.
We wrote her before receiving her :
50% housekeeping at the beginning
50% social media on second part of her stay
Julia left before second part, and did not ask for dialogue fbefore deciding. She preseted her her excuses for not having asked for dialogue before, and recognized she was impulsive. She explained us that she always had a woman taking care of washing her clothes and cleaning daily in her house in Brasil, since her early age up to now, and not having experience in cleaning often her own place, because coming from a high class family with father lawer. We felt Julia was somehow partly a trouble seeker, intringant, paying more attention to possible difficulties then opportunities, easily afraid of new things. It's just a feeling, we did not her well enough to judge seriously. We simply did not feel confortable enough with her presence, after trying to please her with quite o lot of special favour (offering her a travel and leasure experience to a flight simulator, teaching her lots of basics such as how to make tea, use cleaning products...).
At the difference of what she pretends in her comment, they are more women then men in our little community (15-20 persons), out of which 5 woman aged 35 to 75, always at disposal to guidance and mutual help.
Besides, we sign contract with volunteers mentioning that both parts can stop anytime, without motivation. So we were relieved when Julia announce her she is leaving without previous dialogue, due to her very demanding behaviour. We wish her the best, considering she might have been into a personal difficulty during her 2-3 weeks short stay, everything was so new for her due to her lack of experience in volunteering, and she might see more positive things later.
Time will speak.