Published: August 1st 2012July 26th 2012 For the second day in a row,
Colin & Becky
Meauring and sawing exterior blocks.
we focused our entire team on our primary work site. This allowed us to increase our productivity in all areas. We had the entire building to ourselves with Zygmunt giving us complete access to all rooms on all 3 main levels. While the rooms may look alike in photos, team members can easily identify which room they worked on and on which floor and on which side of the building. Some are similar, but they are unique in degree of completion.
Standing outside, you can clearly hear Americans hard at work, laughing, and encouraging each other. It is easy to hear how we are witnessing to the neighborhood without realizing it. The surrounding area is all government-subsidized housing. The flats must be small, because locals frequently just stand at the window and watch the streets below for long periods of time. A small corner store several blocks away provides some basic necessities. Chuck, Gunnar and Michal went to purchase water there for our team and were observed with curiosity as to our purpose. We try to convey our genuine concerrn for their well-being whenever we have an opportunity. Team Question:
Chris & Keith
Mixing perfect mortar!
the best example of how our group has formed a team this week? I love to see how people have mixed. We aren't split up into our roommate units so much now. On the job site, everyone is working together -- finding how they can help others. Comments that are made about work reflect what "we" have accomplished, not what "I" have done. We mix it up - at breakfast, on the bus, at the work site. Willingness of working together. Willingness to try anything while working with anyone. I've switched work teams 5 or 6 times this week, and I feel comfortable working with all of them. We have all found a job or two or three that we have gotten good at and everything works smoothly. Whenever there is a void in a job, it is filled in within a matter of minutes. People are never standing around and, when they are, they are in the process of looking for a new job. We work like a "well-oiled"machine." Since I've often served as a supplier for others this week, I have seen almost all the projects underway. What I've noticed is our solidarity to get the job done -- everyone is working hard to accomplish the goal. And whenever we can, we collaborate; we share tools, materials and new-found techniques. It's amazing to see 20 individuals come together to form a team. Universal concern was expressed for Hanns when he fell ill. The team has also been very flexible in doing whatever it took to keep work flowing. At breakfast, the group mixed well with people eating in different groups every morning. I think the best example of how our has formed this week is how we choose to go to dinner. Rarely did the group break into "cliques." We ate in large groups, with dinner groups consisting of different people every night! The way that people have formed pairs and small groups at the worksite that are different from the pairs and small groups when we arrived. The dinner groups are rather diverse as well. There is a genuine concern by each and every person on our team for each other. We are truly family!
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