Today the VAPs have arrived. VAP stands for Volunteer Action for Peace, and the VAPs that I'm talking about are twelve young people from all over the world, from as far away as Taiwan, who have come to spend two weeks working at the Othona Community. They will be involved particularly in working on the reed beds that form a vital part of the community's drainage system. They have come to share together in community life, to meet and learn from people from a wide range of different cultures, to work and to have fun.
It will be great getting to know them, and to learn about the places that they come from. VAP 'works towards creating and preserving international peace, justice and human solidarity for people and their communities. Through a range of working projects ... VAP provides volunteers with opportunities to work together with people from around the globe and in partnership with local groups to enhance and empower communities.'
Our VAPs are all sleeping in tents, so I hope that it doesn't rain too much over the next couple of weeks.