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One volunteer: Dan Wild, Business Development Manager, Xylem, U.K.

“I was excited about being able to take part in a scheme that would help children.”

“The construction of the water towers was simple but hard work, especially in the warm, humid climate,” according to Dan. “The children were incredible! They were happy, grateful, inquisitive and friendly. It was an absolute privilege to have been a part of the project and to meet them.” Dan reflected, “In my life I have been lucky to travel all around the world in five-star luxury, chartered yachts and many more with my employer, but without doubt the experience I value most was building a water tower in a little rural village outside Manila in the heat and humidity.”

How did you get to know about Waterdrop?

As a Xylem employee.

Why did you choose to participate?

I was excited about being able to take part in a scheme that would help children

What did you expect to experience before the trip started? And what was your first impression when you finally arrived? How did you feel?

I was apprehensive and excited as I had never visited the far east. As my DIY skills are not very good I was concerned that I would not be too much help! Thankfully the construction was so well planned that even I could contribute.

Building water towers in elementary schools: Tell us a little bit about your experience – both building the towers and working with the children.

The construction of the water towers was simple but hard work, especially in the warm humid climate. The children were incredible! They were happy, grateful, inquisitive, friendly, it was an absolute privilege to have been a part of the project and to meet them.

What were the major challenges you encountered and overcame during the trip? (i.e., heat, sanitary conditions, tiredness, etc.)

Nothing significant

What’s your single most valuable moment or experience from the trip?

Sitting with the children after we had completed the build and sensing their excitement when the water tower began working. It was truly special and still makes me feel very emotional today.

How was the relationship building and teamwork with the other participants – both from your country and from the other countries?

This was excellent and I felt that the teams really bonded. The only issue was that the French team were less confident of their English skills and I think were less inclined to interact.

Now that some time has passed since your Waterdrop volunteer trip, has anything changed in your life? What is your favourite memory?

I have stopped taking clean water for granted and constantly discuss this with friends and family.

Would you recommend this Volunteer Trips to your colleagues or do such a trip again?

100% no doubt. It was an absolutely remarkable experience. In my life I have been lucky to travelled all around the world in 5 star luxury, chartered yachts and many more with my employer but without doubt the experience I value most was building a water tower in a little rural village outside Manila in the heat and humidity.

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