“'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. » - African proverb
The above African proverb illustrates a core aspect of voluntary work - teamwork. Being a volunteer often means working in a team or together with other people who also wants to make a contribution. The objectives of the volunteer work might differ from one time to another, as well as the people you work with. These people are not necessarily your best friends and they might even be strangers in the beginning. Either way, to achieve a good work atmosphere, to be effective and to achieve the goals set, it is essential to create trust and build relationships within the team. This of course takes time, but it is also the ability to cooperate across gender, age and background that contributes to make a team of volunteers successful.
Today we renovated the outside area in front of the Red Cross office. All youth volunteers present contributed and worked together in good spirit to restore a nice appearance.
As part of today's activity we facilitated for a team building session. The youth volunteers were challenged to be effective and accurate while working together and coping with time pressure.
Team building exercises are important not only for the immediate experience of the exercise performed, but also for the youth volunteers to bond and to develop cooperative and communicative skills. Additionally, it was a lot of fun :)