International Volunteers Helping at Museum
There are five of them, and they each travelled a long way to help the Old Stone House Museum.
Last Sunday they arrived from Poland and Germany, Texas and Korea on an adventure to the NEK.
None had ever visited Vermont before but thought that working at a History Museum sounded worthwhile and maybe even fun. Heidi was a high school teacher, Sabrina is a studying to be a high school teacher of English and Latin. Mingee will be a nurse and Natalia will be a doctor in Poland when she completes her studies.
Christin is looking forward to teaching little children in Germany. What they have in common is curiosity about the world and the desire to lead useful lives. Volunteers for Peace is an international organization that matches interests, needs and people motivated to help out by participating in “work camps”. They accept volunteers from 99 countries around the world and the US office is located in Burlington, Vermont. It has been almost a year since Old Stone House invited a group to come to Brownington, indicating the amount of planning required.
So far these volunteers have cheerfully helped clean the Stone House and scrape and paint it’s ceiling. They have helped move artifacts for a new exhibit from the old barn to the new barn raised this summer.
That was heavy work. They have stacked winter firewood for a 102 year old neighbor ( see the picture) and cataloged old books from the museum collection. They’ll be working in the gardens and repairing the handicapped ramps before they go too. Local newspapers and Vermont’s history books have been provided for them and quite a few outings have been generously organized by museum members and friends. Two weeks is not a long time to get to know a place but we hope we’ll provide them with experience of NEK way of life and a lot of memories to take with them.