This was a Community CSR team building event with Expedia in Samui, Thailand.
On Saturday, 16 June delegates from Expedia joined hands in a full day community challenge to implement a waste separation system at a local school for the betterment of their local ecosystem and the school itself.
After research, Making Teams selected a school in the East of Samui for this CSR project with Expedia. Wat Samutthraram School is a small temple school with eight classrooms spread over two adjacent buildings capable for roughly 200 children.
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17 Delegates from Expedia came together in Samui for their annual retreat with daily meetings. The group comprised a variety of nationalities; Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and French, among others.
The objectives for this team building exercise were to conduct an activity around the subjects of sustainability and eco-friendliness whilst giving back to the local community.
Following the objectives of the client and matching them with the needs of the school, Making Teams custom made an activity that would benefit the school and local environment.
After a general briefing and introducing the children and the Expedia delegates to each other, everyone was put into pairs and given the first task to collect all the recyclable waste from the classrooms and put it together in a central location to becoming aware of the issue that existed thereby creating the will to do something about it.
In the next part, the foundation was laid for the solution that would be implemented later in the afternoon; the materials for waste separation bins were prepared and a design was made for a wall painting that would indicate the importance of and how to separate waste. Before lunch the wall was painted with a white base so it would be dry in the afternoon.
After enjoying a Thai lunch box, the projected really started to take shape with everyone assembling the waste bin parts together and making a wall painting in the school yard.
In the final part of the day, the waste bins were placed in front of the wall painting and the earlier collected waste was separated into the bins for plastic, paper and general waste. At the same time, a person from the collection centre visited the school to explain what types of waste would be accepted as recyclable waste and how much is paid per kg of paper or plastic.
During the event de-brief, the children of the school we taught once more the importance of waste separation and recycling and an incentive rule was given out with the promise of useful school items to be given to those who would hand in recyclable materials.
A group photo with everyone involved marked the end of a successful and beneficial event.
Transfer to the school, event briefing, introduction
Recyclable waste collection
Painting wall base white
Making design for wall painting
Assembling waste bins
Waste separation and brief about collecting waste
Incentive for children, group photo, transfer back to hotel
“Thank you Tim, Rose and the team. You guys are very contributing. Appreciated, you have helped us to make our team stronger” – Jin – BigDutchmanBigDutchman
“Meaningful event, great fun, great cause, although it was quite tiring, it was meaningful. Thank you Making Teams” – Kristin Dameria – Phoenix Contact
“Thank you Making Teams. We had a great experience with the race and also a meaningful end by donating a bike we build.” Melvin – Phoenix ContactPhoenix Contact
“Thank you Making Teams for organising fun and exciting team building games!” – Sheryl Wan – Changi Airport Group
“Thanks for facilitating our corporate retreat! Nice working with you! Will recommend you to other colleagues in divisions who might want to use companies to plan their retreats! Thanks again” – Sheryl Wan – Changi Airport GroupChangi Airport Group
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“Thank you for today, everyone enjoyed the activities” – Rohini Prakash – Xander Investment ManagementXander Investment Management
“Thanks a lot for a great afternoon!” – Agate Matschull – Swiss ReSwiss Re
“Very nice event, I had much fun and it is great that we could give something back” – Audrea – Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific
“I really appreciate the event. We had a lot of fun and at the end we could give back the bikes.” – Adelheid Schneider – Roche Diagnostics Asia PacificRoche
“Great job! We had fun and this is what we wanted to achieve as a team in this team building.” – Andrew – M Zeta SolutionsM Zeta Solutions
“I wanted to thank you for helping us with the team building event last week. We received wonderful feedback from our colleagues during the meeting. You did a really great job organising everything!” – Roche Diagnostics Asia PacificRoche Diagnostics Asia Pacific
“We like the training and this will help us a lot, we will use the lessons learned in our work place.”
“First I would like to say thanks so much for this event, this is the first time we’ve done Six Thinking Hats training, but it was a good method and I will use this method for an effective meeting next time.” – Angkor Paradise HotelAngkor Paradise