“Long Way Home began operations in the municipality of San Juan Comalapa, in the indigenous highlands of west-central Guatemala in 2004, with a grassroots community development strategy to bring local residents together to learn about eco-friendly living, appropriate sustainable technologies, and improved waste management solutions.” – Our Story, Long Way Home
TeamBonding began its partnership with Long Way Home in 2015, as the recipient charity for our Paint Soles for Souls program. In case you don’t know much about this program, participants compete to design and paint shoes and tote bags, which we then distribute through Long Way Home. The kids get their first pick of the shoes, and then the rest are distributed throughout the rest of the San Juan Comalapa community.
Long Way Home is all about community. Since they formed, they have built a park for their area, as well as a full school complex containing an elementary, middle, and vocational school. The most impressive part? All of the buildings are made of post-consumer products. The concept of using materials normally considered to be trash has the potential to have a huge environmental impact.
Environmental responsibility is one of the cornerstones of this organization, and as such is hugely emphasized within the school itself. As a part of the curriculum, “young Comalapans will be learning responsible stewardship of local ecology through their coursework.” Student gardens provide fresh, sustainably grown food for the students, as well as being sold to generate additional revenue for the projects.
Long Way Home operates around a couple core beliefs:
- Every person has a responsibility to fight poverty;
- We learn by doing and lead by example;
- Ethical and responsible financial management lead to higher impact;
- Learning is a lifelong process and flows in both directions, from us to our partner communities and from our partner communities to us;
- The future of the planet is affected by our daily decisions;
- There are leaders in all of us.
The project helps provide economic grown in the San Juan Comalapa community as well, by creating jobs in the form of construction workers and teachers. To learn more about this great organization, check out their website.
And to get involved, book a Paint Soles for Souls event for your team!
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Ice breakers and puzzle games have their place, but sometimes you just want to get together as a group, and play. Here at TeamBonding, encouraging play is what we’re all about! When you play as a team, you develop and strengthen social bonds, which makes working together a more rewarding experience all around. With this in mind, we’re excited to share a free game for you to play with your team the next time you need to relax and have some fun.
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In this series of articles, we take five minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of the sort of people we are. In this installment, we talk to Wendy, our new Director of Event Operations, about her favorite place in the world and the most important things in life.
In this series of articles, we take five minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of the sort of people we are. In this installment, we talk to Cathrine, our new Sr. Events Manager, about her favorite place in the world, music, and her favorite food.
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