The Fatted Calf Summer Interns

The 2017 Expo Esperanza is quickly approaching with 3 weeks to go.  Expo is a long-awaited event, with many months of preparation.  It goes without saying that Expo would not happen to the magnitude that it does without the help and dedication of The Fatted Calf Interns.  

 Taylor McNeel, Cheyenne Edmundson, Rebekah Aanerud, Lana Petrie, and Sage Mijares

Taylor McNeel, Cheyenne Edmundson, Rebekah Aanerud, Lana Petrie, and Sage Mijares

This year, the interns come from Arkansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Tennessee.  Using their talents and strengths from different backgrounds and experiences,  God brings each one to us to accomplish a common goal.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10

In the first weeks after their arrival, the interns attend orientation meetings, acclimate to their home for the summer, and adjust to a new culture and language.  Jumping right into their responsibilities, they work together collectively to "prep" the animals for the participants.

 Shearing the sheep for the Production and Showmanship classes

Shearing the sheep for the Production and Showmanship classes

For the next six weeks of the summer after the kids are out of school, the interns are in charge of animal practices for cattle, sheep, horses and chickens.

 Teaching safety to participants in the Cattle classes.

Teaching safety to participants in the Cattle classes.

In addition to animal practices, Expo offers "Summer Specials", classes designed to give participants regularly scheduled practices throughout the summer break.  This year, dog obedience classes and gardening classes were offered as "Summer Specials" by the interns.  CVE Summer Volunteers also taught Music classes.

 Teaching how to properly wash your pet.

Teaching how to properly wash your pet.

For 3 weeks of the summer, the interns taught "Expo Classes", where the students could work on a select offering of projects for Expo Esperanza.  Classes taught this summer were Demonstration, Entomology, Industrial Arts, Oral Interpretation, Photography, Salsa making, Sewing, and Tri-dimensional

 Giving choices for the tri-dimensional project.

Giving choices for the tri-dimensional project.

 Ready for sewing class!

Ready for sewing class!

 Teaching proper knife use in Salsa class.

Teaching proper knife use in Salsa class.

While the interns spend the majority of their time with classes and animal practices, they also have the opportunity to experience other things living in our community.

 Preparing and serving supper at the orphanage.

Preparing and serving supper at the orphanage.

 Participating in Culture Club with the CVE Volunteers.

Participating in Culture Club with the CVE Volunteers.

The Summer Internship experience concludes shortly after Expo Esperanza.  Stay Tuned for the final product and "fruit of their labors".