Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.
Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. This is a Road Scholar Service Learning program. These short-term experiences engage participants in volunteer projects to benefit the common good. Projects utilize the skills and energy of participants to meet demonstrated needs of the local and/or broader community. In addition to a significant amount of time in the specified Service Learning project and activities, participants will learn about relevant aspects of local history, culture, nature, etc., within the available time and as appropriate to the themes and settings.
At the hotel restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with salad, a choice of entrées from a variety of American, Mexican, and local favorites, plus dessert and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase; no alcohol sales on the reservation. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful Navajo rugs, baskets, Tiffany glass cabinets, and pottery and has an antique pressed-tin ceiling.
Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Minimal walking during program. Depending on your volunteer assignment, you may need to bend down to speak with children, sit in smaller chairs, or even get up and down from the floor. You will be moving around during the day and may be asked to move boxes or books, climb a step-stool to create or work on a bulletin board, and the like. Dress comfortably in clothes you can move in easily. Slacks, khakis, and nice jeans are recommended for all. Daily transfers to our assigned school – about 5 - 30 miles one way, approximately 1 hour roundtrip depending on location – will be by university passenger van. You may need to step up and into the smaller van using a provided step-stool. Please be sure to speak with the Group Leader if you have questions about your school assignment. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.