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Stichting Light for Asia
NL 70 RABO 0126 9283 39 te Monnickendam
Onder vermelding van “Project Thailand”
ANBI    Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling


Secretariaat:
Stichting Light for Asia
Melkkruid 47,
1441 XS Purmerend
T.  06-81513248
E. stichtinglightforasia @gmail.com


Peter & Tatjana Bak
PO Box 61 Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000,
Thailand

M. Peter      +66 (0) 85 719 9810
M. Tatjana      +66 (0) 81 169 6268
E. peterentatjana@gmail.com

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Teambuilding

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At the end of August, we went out with all our colleagues. We didn’t have to go very far, but it was nice to be away from work and be in a place that had air conditioners. We invited a long-time friend to organize the day and he did a very good job. We learned a lot that day through music, singing, stories, skits, and games. How can you be a good team? How do you respect each other, think positively, enjoy and do your work responsibly? Something very important in this is that you know exactly what your tasks are and what is expected of you. It is also important to know what the goal is that you and your team are trying to attain, that you understand what the business or organization’s mission is. Your attitude in the team and in your relationships with your colleagues is of importance. These are just a few things that came up throughout that day.

 

We also got to enjoy a very delicious lunch during which we were able to talk about things other than work which was really good. After lunch, we got iced coffee from a colleague who now lives in Denmark. All in all, we are thankful for our team and the fact that we had a successful team building day.

 

We hope to be able to take what we learned and apply it to our job, in this way improving the care we give the girls.

 

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Sleep well

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Visiting family

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Reunion

altThe teenage girls who went to a camp last April had a kind of reunion recently. They got a chance to meet up with all their camp friends and leaders. This was due to a debriefing meeting following the camp. What did they think of the camp? How are they doing now? Would they like to go to a camp like this again next year? There was also time to play games together and to catch up and just have fun.

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A trip

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At the end of April we loaded up the trucks with everyone’s luggage to take a trip with the girls and staff. Altogether we had 38 people. We were going to Chiang Mai, about a 3-and-a-half-hour drive away. Sadly they are very busy working on the road making the trip longer than normal but the result should be worth the currently long trip. The first day we went to the zoo. It is a huge zoo that is constantly being developed. This time the aquarium and the panda enclosure were open, which 2 years ago wasn’t the case due to a power outage.

It was really hot at about 40 degrees Celsius causing us to seek shelter from the heat in a big mall in the area. The girls really enjoyed looking through the shops and buying food.

The next day we went to the royal gardens which was really beautiful. Next up was an amusement park with a toboggan run. For some of the girls this was a bit scary but once they got going they really enjoyed themselves and it was a small victory for them. That afternoon we went to a waterfall to cool off. It was a really beautiful area and the waterfall had multiple layers in which you could play. It was quite busy there as everyone was off from school and work and it was pretty hot. But the amount of people couldn’t deter us from having fun.

The last day we went to church and sang a song in front of the whole church, after which we stopped by the mall again before starting our journey home. Everyone had loads of fun and was therefore a successful trip. We want to thank the sponsors for making this trip possible!

 

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