One way to overcome cultural differences (NCE 9 March) is to get yourself a place on Hyder's Confidence in Youth annual event. This year, 28 young Hyder employees travelled to Bangkok in Thailand from seven different countries. The week consisted of team and confidence building, the development of management skills, as well as the opportunity to experience the local culture.
As everyone had a different background, first language and role in the company, completing the varied tasks during the week took on a whole new dimension.
The finale of the week was proof that such cultural differences can be overcome by a team and a task completed to time and specification. The team built a 90m2 patio and decorated and furnished a library for a local deaf school in about seven hours. Money for the materials had been raised during that week.
By the end of the week everyone had gained significantly - be it confidence, new skills or international friends and contacts. The direct and indirect benefits of these connections and improved cultural awareness will be reaped for many years to come.
I advocate such cultural exposure and think the ICE could be more active in organising similar events. We are an international organisation after all.
Dawn Whitehead, firstname.lastname@example.org