In a group, teamwork is the key to doors of opportunities. It is the fuel that boosts everyone’s strength and perseverance, as well as the pathway to success. When all of the members are working hand in hand for the benefit of their group, it is not impossible for them to fulfil their mission and turn their vision into reality.
Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines held its first ever team building for the volunteers. The two-day event on July 29 and 30 aim to strengthen the ties among the volunteers and help fulfill Tzu Chi’s goal of one million donors.
More than 200 volunteers hailing from all over the Philippines, along with 12 volunteers from Taiwan, attended the activity at Jing Si Hall in Quezon City.
“We pay for our tickets and hotel accommodation in order to join this team building. In this team building we learn a lot, it’s so lively here. We all look 20 years younger because of the games. We also realized how important patience and teamwork is. And we can use that idea to recruit donors for Tzu Chi, “says Elizabeth Ko, one of the volunteers from Cebu.
“What we have learned here, we will impart it to them. I’m planning to share what I learn to the Cebuanos and encourage them to do the same,” adds Ko.
For the volunteers from Davao, they believe that all the lessons learned will be useful in their recruitment of donors for Tzu Chi Philippines’ one million donors’ mission.
“I learn today the importance of communication within a group, and the power of cooperation and unity. Aside from attaining the one million donors’ mission of Tzu Chi Philippines, these virtues will also help us to strengthen the bond between the Davaoeño volunteers,” says Michelle Hsu, one of the volunteers from Davao.
Taiwanese volunteer Kao Ming Chih, called “Teacher Kao” by the volunteers, prepared several games. Not only are these games for fun but also has a lesson to teach the volunteers. In designing these activities, Kao drew inspiration from animals, namely the squirrel and the goose.
“First is the squirrel. They have to collect food so, when the winter comes, they have food stores in their house. They have something to eat. The squirrels have the same goal with the volunteers, for the million donors. They have to do their best and give their 100-percent effort to recruit donors for the foundation. So, when the time comes that the foundation will need fund to help people, we have something to get,” says Teacher Kao.
“Second is the goose. They are very cheerful. Same with the volunteers, they bring smile to each other. Despite hard times, they encourage each other. I want the volunteers to feel that they are a part of a big family. Loving and supporting each other,” he adds.
He also says that he is happy with the result of the team building. He also believes that the foundation has a bright future because of the staff and volunteers who give their effort, time, and love for Tzu Chi.
Volunteerism knows no age
Angelie Lim, the youngest volunteer in the team building at 23 years old, shares her thoughts about being a Tzu Chi volunteer using her time for charity work and worthy activities like this one at an early age.
“In this two-day team building, I learned how important team building is, how important it is to collaborate with others and how important communication is. It is really the key in order for us to have a more efficient work,” says Lim, a volunteer from Manila.
“For the youth, I would like to say that age should not hinder you in achieving something great. Your voice is actually an eye opener,” Lim adds.
While for the 60-year-old Ning Ning So, also a volunteer from Manila, she believes that her age should not become a disadvantage on helping other people.
“Volunteerism knows no age and no social status. Even if you are young or you are old like me, you can still help other people. You can be a volunteer here in Tzu Chi Foundation. Age is not a requirement here, if you a heart that is willing to serve and a mind that thinks of the goodness of other people, and then you can be a volunteer,” says So.
Meanwhile, Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yunez cannot hide his happiness on the result of the team building that he organized.
“I don’t know how to express the happiness I have now, I can see that everybody is so energized, so happy. You can also find a lot of potential in our volunteers. And as early as today, we can see the effect already. Everybody has more focus and perseverance towards our advocacy. The direction is more unify with a common goal, everybody is willing to work hand in hand, for the common good of our foundation,” says Yunez.
He also explains the importance of the Tzu Chi Philippines one million donors’ mission.
“This happened when we had our officers training last March in Taiwan. We think of soliciting 500,000 donors, since our donors are only less than 100,000. But when Master Cheng Yen heard about our commitment, she said that 500,000 are not enough. She wants 1 million,” narrates Yunez.
“If we have more donations, we can do more. Actually, the goal of Master Cheng Yen is to build the eye housing here in the Philippines. It only proves that Master Cheng Yen wants more, not for her, but for the Filipinos,” adds Yunez.
He also hopes that, after two days of team building, each volunteer will be more determined and goal-oriented in achieving the foundation’s mission, and wholeheartedly works hand in hand with one another.
The registration for the volunteers who will participate on Tzu Chi Philippines two-day team building starts at exactly 7:00 am on July 9, 2017.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The volunteers show how disciplined they are as they enter the hall, still on their respective lines, until they reach their designated tables.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz 】
Kao Ming Chih, also known as Teacher Kao, serves as the master of the program.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Together with Teacher Kao, the other volunteers from Taiwan flew all the way from their country to be the facilitators of Tzu Chi Philippines’ two-day team building.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The group where the CEO, Henry Yunez, and the Deputy CEO, Alfred Li, of Tzu Chi Philippines belong make a strategic plan to do the game Dragon Team right and quick.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The second game for day 1 team building is the squirrel team. This game tests the strategic minds of every members.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi Youth prepare the lunch of the Tzu Chi volunteers.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The game facilitators from Taiwan are all smiles before they have their lunch.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The group where the CEO, Henry Yunez, and the Deputy CEO, Alfred Li, of TZU Chi Philippines enjoy playing the game, key punch.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi volunteers also play the Arched Bridge Story; this game requires the strength and flexibility of each member as they pass the ball with their team member who is in the other line without crossing the boarders.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The last game for Day 1 team building is the Goose Team. One of the team members will throw the round object and the other team member who is on the front must shoot the round object in her arm. Each member will do this up to the last one in the line.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Before their first day of team building ends, all of the volunteers give a thank you card to other volunteer that they are grateful with.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
For the first game on second day of team building, the volunteers plays Dragon Leadership. It aims to test the obedience and sensitivity of each volunteer as they pass the pathway without touching the plastic cups on the side with their eyes close.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The second game is Corporate Connect, this really tests the patience and energy of the volunteers as they have to throw-get-shoot the ball in the basket for a couple of times. But it comes with a twist, there are two or more groups in a circle and each group has their own ball’s color, making the game more complicated.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Another game is the good will hunting. It aims to see the coordination of every volunteer.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The volunteers also play the game called Zip line, wherein each volunteer has to pass on the middle while their group members are moving their hands up and down. It will tests the trust of every member with her group mates as she hopes not to get hurt while walking in the aisle.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
For the last game, the volunteers play Fireworks game. Every group is divided into two, one holds the mini ball, and the other one holds the plastic cup. They have to shoot the ball in the cup but they must be synchronize, if one of them isn’t able to shoot the ball, they have to do it again as a group.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Every group pose for a group photo which will serve as one of their remembrance from the first ever two-day team building of Tzu Chi Philippines.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The volunteers share their experiences and learning from the activities they engaged in during their team building.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
As a reward for those who participate in the sharing of learning, Teacher Kao gives each of them the “My Heart Sutra” book.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The volunteers are happy to have their own “My Heart Sutra” book.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
These are the souvenirs for the volunteers who attend Tzu Chi Philippines’ two-day team building.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The volunteers who attend Tzu Chi Philippines’ first ever team-building also receive their souvenirs, along with it are the lessons and happiness that they will cherish forever.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi volunteers are all smiles as they receive their souvenirs.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】