Access Point and Vietnam

Posted By: Claire Kamel - Thursday, 29 October 2015  |  Comments: 0

Access Point and Vietnam

 

Access Point team work Vietnam

On the 17th September nine members of the team including myself headed to Vietnam. I knew the itinerary and I knew we would be working in extreme conditions but nothing could have really prepared me for the physical and mental challenge of it or how humbling the experience would prove.

 

The work site was physically and mentally one of the hardest moments of my life, digging through wet clay with what felt like plastic spoons in 40⁰ heat was very challenging. I wouldn’t like to say I was surprised by the team, because I would never have expected any less from them, but the way they all pulled together so quickly, the way they jumped to help each other whenever anyone was flagging was so important. I don’t think anyone would have got through it without everyone else there supporting them.

 Access Point Goobye Mai Chua Vietnam

Experiencing something of life in the village was a real eye opener to me as well, I didn’t quite realise how basic conditions would be. The school had only recently been built, and the wash block we attached would be the only facility in the village like it. It really helped to spur the team on, knowing that were making a difference no matter how small, and that what we built would be there for generations to come. The community were so happy with us, people would come by to visit the site and just to say hello. It was an emotional event on the night of the handover and I’m not ashamed to say I cried a little.

 

For me this has been a life changing experience, one I’ll never forget. But I think it’s had an enormous impact on the whole team and the whole company as well. It’s raised our profile in our home town and further afield, given us all a reason to be even more proud of our company. Most of all though it’s affirmed us as a family.

 

Click here to find out more about the team's adventures in Vietnam

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