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Impact on employees
• Budget • Level of accommodation • Activities • Impact of the project
• 92% of the participants stated that the two days they spent helping at the school were the highlight of their 10-day incentive trip; • 88% of the participants stated that it was the best ever incentive trip they have attended; • 100% felt that their intervention had a very positive or positive impact on the children; • 92% felt that the volunteering had a very positive impact on themselves
Maximizing Impact 1.The village elders were consulted to ensure a genuine need would be met. 2. A village was identified and the villagers highlighted renovating the primary school as a priority. 3. Along with the building supplies and resources, the parents also requested financial support for tuition and bikes, to help children get to high school.
Requirements The employees wanted a trip that would incorporate cultural interactions and giving back to a local community, as well as retaining “standard” reward activities.
Planning A number of destinations were shortlisted and finally a luxury trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, including a renovation project at a school in Siem Reap, Cambodia was selected. “Many of us take education for granted. This is our way of giving something back. And the trip gave our employees an insight into the local culture – they are thrilled to have experienced that firsthand in Cambodia.” - Martin Hellawell, MD
“Working with the school was certainly our group’s highlight. We gained a real insight into the culture, how people live and hopefully gave something back to the children.” - Shelley Ferrigno, HR
Reward Trip Structure A 10 day incentive trip, including 2 days of giving back, and visiting both Cambodia and Vietnam was developed. Hands Up Incentives managed all logistics: • Flights & Transfers • Visas • Accommodation • Meals • Activities & excursions • Gala dinner - in an ancient temple • Team-building & volunteering
Impact on project 37 staff helped alongside local builders and families to build a new library and refurbish existing classrooms and gardens • $14,000 was donated for renovations • $2,000 was donated for library books • $4,000 was donated to provide 20 scholarships for the poorest students to attend high school and bicycles to get there (the nearest high school being 9 miles away).
“We had a fantastic time rebuilding the school and the library; the kids are absolutely amazing, Cambodia is a beautiful country, and it has been a fabulous experience. Thank you Hands Up! ” – Peter Kelly, Founder and CEO
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