On Friday, we spent time connecting with our staff at Vineyard and learning about their work. When you’re caught up ensuring you visit all these places along the way, it’s easy to forget how integral team bonding is. Having a good relationship with our staff on the ground helps create better communication and transfer of information when our offices are halfway around the world, especially since we don’t pay for our own office space in the Philippines (more information on this in our Tuesday blog). So while it may seem strange that we didn’t visit any projects on Friday, having structured time to bond with one another is actually quite crucial for both our organisation’s goals.
One thing we bonded over a lot the week I was there was trying all new Filipino food. Most food contained rice. My favourite was called Minudo (A curry with potatoes) (see below). My absolute favourite juice was called Kalamansi (see below), which was a tropical fruit similar to a lime, and drunk with cucumber!