|Maryknoll Lay Missioners|
These experiences call forth the best from volunteers. Their feelings about the experience are sacred. Because of this, sharing the story of their experience after it is over is very important. Telling the story helps volunteers to claim it, to celebrate what was good, to heal from what was painful and to integrate what they learned from it. The response they receive as they tell the story has a big influence on how volunteers feel during their transition. Unfortunately, many volunteers feel that people aren’t interested. Some even feel pressured to stop talking about their experience over time, even though it’s natural to talk about what we know and love.