Team Building with Tesco
Team Building with Tesco - January 15th 2012.
Adventure Team Building - Survivor Island Raft Building
Making Teams was approached by Tesco India in December 2011 to organise an adventure packed survivor style event for the executives of the Tesco India top management team. After discussing their needs with them in detail, we settled on a half day island escape event on nearby Koh Matlang of the Chewang coast of Koh Samui. Their challenge was to get to the island, locate an air drop hidden in an ancient temple, bring the equipment back to the landing beach and build a raft to escape the island before sun down!
Meeting the teams in the Hotel
We met the participants in their hotel at 1.30 pm, after their lunch and the morning conference. Without giving much information, we told them they would be stranded on a desert island, and have to make their way back by the time darkness fell. Without further ado, we whisked them off to the secret location by four wheel drive truck.
Upon arriving at the set off point, the teams were given their colours and a safety officer was appointed in each group. The teams then had to travel to the island by wading across a shallow lagoon. The teams were told to be careful of sharks! In reality, they were safe from them, but we did want them to be careful of treading on the coral just under the water.
Arrival on the Island!
When the team arrived at the island, they discovered their pies of bamboo. However, there was not much else to make a raft with! Luckily, the rescue team had left a map, which showed the island paths, and old temple and a drop zone for the rescue aircraft. Some of the team members headed into the jungle to find the drop site and the crates, whilst others began working on the rafts with rope and string they found washed up on the beach.
Building the Rafts!
Soon the other team members arrived back to the beach with the crates. Inside was a selection of tools, knives, ropes, string and paddle blades. The teams quickly got to work building their rafts, using the bamboo and the 10 gallon plastic water containers we provided.
Escape from the Island
By about 5.00 pm, the sun was starting to come down. The blue team had their raft in pretty good shape, and decided to make a bid for freedom across the lagoon. The map was had provided showed the safest route to avoid the rocks, and so they set off!
The red team were a bit behind on their building, and by the time their raft could be floated, it was nearly dark. However, they did a brilliant job in not only carrying their team back to safety, but also bringing back the two crates and the last two facilitators.
All in all, both teams were fantastic in their spirit and cooperation together as a group. They worked brilliantly together and showed a great attitude in overcoming the challenges we had set them. Although the blue team were the first back, we felt everyone who competed that day was a real winner.
Aparna Sardar (Learning and Development Manager)
“Thanks once again.... For a fantastic activity!”