We went for 4 days - 2 traveling and 2 at Koh Kong, one of which we worked - Panha - BSDA Program Manager and all round superstar and I organised a day of SWOT Analysis - for those that don't know - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and yep I had to organise this!
We spent the day in the Mangroves where we took over all the pontoons - one for each group to do there SWOT and Panha and I ran around between all the groups facilitating. Then we had presentations and question and answer sections for all the groups - the groups were split into the different projects in BSDA - Livelihood, Social Accountability, Education, Vocational training, Finance and Admin/HR/IT. I have to say the staff did really well and we had some good points raised that we now have to try and work on.
But enough about work, we also had a lot of playing as well. The 9 hour journeys on the bus were full and I mean full (only about 1 hour of downtime) of singing - karoke, dancing (yes on the bus), presentations, games and chanting.....well we are an NGO set up by Monks - so this is expected.
Anyway I set the staff a digital scavenger hunt - gave them a list of silly things, actions etc to take pictures of throughout the trip - also very good to see how people work in teams. So majority of these pictures are something to do with this hunt - for example it is not customary for us all to go round out here hugging trees!!
Sunset over the Mangroves
Sinon, our lovely Sewing teacher making some sugar cane juice.
Sleeping Monks - Ven. Sok Vannra and Ven. Cham Pholla.
Lunch in the Mangroves was all seafood - squid, crab and prawns - yummy
Our SWOT Analysis presentation.
We learnt that Vatey doesn't really like crabs that are still alive.
Vandong and Panha
The Finance team sorting out there presentation.
Monks at work...
Me and Jackfruit
Love this pic of Heng
The Mangroves of Koh Kong
Vath Virak showing us some of his saturday night fever moves...
The monk with his monkey - Ven. Prom Dy
And here is the whole team that went on the staff retreat - in the T-shirts that I got printed up for them all - BSDA family in all it's glory.