Since I did this with Project Tohoku, I thought it only fitting I show you around my home for the current week. Here are the sights from our base here in Cagayan de Oro.
The first sight you see upon arrival
Here is one of the multiple sleeping areas. My bunk is the one on the upper right. Love it because the night breeze blows through the windows and feels amazing. This is communal living at its finest!
This is the common space where people can chill out, use laptops, read, eat, and sit in front of the fan for a while.
If you're covered in mud, cement, or general yuckiness, you go to the right to clean off before entering. If you're relatively clean, you can enter directly through the kitchen. We don't actually use the front door (pictured here) very often. To the right are showers, huge buckets with water for rinsing, and changing stalls.
Here is the courtyard where the jeepneys pick us up for work, we assemble for meetings, and we hold our meals. The space to the far left is shared with others, and they play karaoke LONG into the night, VERY loudly.
Here is the dining area. We hold our nightly meetings and our meals here.
The balcony on the second floor is lovely, and a favourite place for the volunteers to relax in the evenings.
The view from the balcony shows the adjoining courtyard. Cheap and easy security is had by mortaring broken glass bottles to the top of the walls, thereby discouraging would-be thieves from climbing over the walls.
Here is where we like to relax. Mika and Ben demonstrate how. The hammock is awesome for just laying back and napping!