Thursday, August 13, 2015

Guatemala: San Miguel Dueñas: Aug 4 2015


While working on various projects, we demonstrated several signs of a strong team.

Especially with projects like these, where the ultimate goal is to help the less fortunate, a team that is constantly bickering over what to do and how to do it won't accomplish much. Therefore I am grateful and impressed that our team works so well together.

I have noticed that we communicate well and discuss ideas in order to find the best route to accomplish a task. On the work site, we maintain good humor and positive attitudes.

For example, on the first day, a group of ladies would rotate hammering the concrete, so that the work and rest would be fairly divided. While one person worked, the others would encourage her.

Today I was very impressed with our work chain when we were moving the cinder blocks. By doing so, we made the work more efficient and easier. While we were passing the blocks, I couldn't help but smile because not only were we working as a team, but we were also making it fun. Someone started singing Working on the Railroad and others joined in. That made many people laugh and enjoy the work more. 

It also helps that everyone is good-hearted and humorous in our group. Dinner conversation is a blast.

A good leader can be very influential with groups. Our leader, my uncle Nick, shows the characteristics of a good, strong and intelligent leader. He keeps the group happy and everyone feeling like they're important and included. (Sure, I may be biased because he is family, but I'm sure others would agree.) He is very skilled at getting us to work as a team and have a good attitude doing so.

Leaders can change everything about a group and I'm glad my uncle is our leader.

Teamwork is key when working in a large group such as this one. I know that we will accomplish a lot with the people, the attitudes and the teamwork that we have.

With the right people, work doesn't feel like work.

Taryn Foster

 DWC Participant
Guatemala: August 2015 

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