Confessions Of a Volunteer


Disclaimer: If you think volunteering is boring, don’t stop, keep reading!

When you’re asked to volunteer at a campsite a little away from the city, for a couple of nights over almost every weekend of the month, you say yes and you say yes in less than a jiffy. Well, that’s exactly what I did.

After knowing Surabhi for around three years, I knew she’s been up to some crazy travelling with the company she works for. So when I asked her if I could volunteer over the weekends, she sent me a few details like a good employee and I soon got on board with volunteering with White Collar Hippie for Bandcamp.

I won’t lie, the first time I went to Uttan, I was in awe of how simple yet, gorgeous the campsite is! I entered when the band was performing and I followed my friend like a typical newbie. She introduced me to some people and then left me to myself, to socialize and interact with people there. “Tell them your name and ask them if
they need anything!”, that’s quite the opposite of what I did that day– wandered around for a bit, threw a few smiles at strangers, asked if I could be of any help, and then found a quiet spot for myself and hoped I was invisible enough to not be caught idle.

And as much as I hate talking to people and being social, I guess that was the last time I found myself trying to hide. Something changed a little that night, when I was swinging in the hammock, or maybe it changed when I was staring at the star or may be, when I was walking on the wet grass!

Bandcamp- it’s a relaxing place to be over the weekends. Most of the people I’ve met here, are here to give themselves few hours of relaxation, a few hours of doing nothing at all. The truth is, even when we get tired of running checks on whether the washrooms are doing fine, whether the BBQ is hot, the food is served or the s’mores aren’t burnt, there’s this simple- soothing and unpolluted symphony that keeps us going.

Sometimes, I’d wonder, whether I’d enjoy being a guest more. But then I’d not know which movie will be screened on movie night and I’d not know what the bands planned on performing and I’d not get to go to Uttan every weekend
and meet new people and be a new person each week.

So I guess, I like being a volunteer at Bandcamp, despite having to see that dog who chewed on my shoe- every single time!



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