You can’t judge a book by its cover

On Saturday, despite the gloomy rainy weather, we headed off in great spirits to the team building organized at the Caritas House. After everyone drank their delicious foamy coffee and introduced themselves to the new faces, the day began.

A particular difficulty at every gathering is to have activities that allow us to get to know each other, have fun, relax, yet are new, as there are volunteers who have participated in such an occasion before. However, Gyöngyike, our coordinator, succeeded. She prepared a load of new games that created unforgettable experiences and laughter. We put all our skills, knowledge and especially our creativity into the games and tasks.

There are so many kinds of team buildings, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several gatherings and I can say for sure that each one is different. Some are easier, some are deeper, some are more pleasant, and that’s what makes them so good, because they always offer something new. It was one of those days, diverse and full of twists and turns. There were several new volunteers whom we hadn’t met before, but everyone got used to each other within minutes. At the beginning we played games to get to know each other, to become more comfortable and to connect. Everyone’s mood was cheerful, we forgot about the momentary obstacles, the bad weather and enjoyed being there. After the lunch break came the deeper, more spiritual half of the day. We calmed down a bit and looked inside ourselves. We reflected on what we value and what is important in life, and got to know each other and ourselves a little better. We showed our more vulnerable side, our desires and fears, which took great courage and confidence. So we saw how similar we are and that we are not alone in these fears. We also learned that until we see the full picture, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions, because we can interpret the situation very wrong.

For me, personally, it was one of my favorite events, the games, the atmosphere, the people, everything was just right. We felt that we belonged to a community and that there was always someone who understood and heard us.

Written by: Eszter Makkai, volunteer
Translated by: Orsolya Barabás, volunteer