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One volunteer: Eric Garcera, Business Developer, Xylem, France

“All the children welcomed us as saviors. It was magic.”

“I had the chance to accompany clients and participate in this wonderful humanitarian adventure,” explained Eric, who found the experience transformational. “Now I am more attentive to the use of water in the education of my children,” he said. “My favourite memory? Seeing an English man coming out of a school with tears of joy in his eyes.”

Short description of your / your company’s main area of work, your years in the industry, any awards or major projects or achievements you’d like to share.

Develop sales in the HVAC sector in the Ile de France and Normandy.

How did you get to know about Waterdrop?

By Damien Galzin, who was the French contact.

Why did you choose to participate?

I had the chance to work with clients and participate in this magnificent humanitarian adventure.

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

Watermark’s videos helped us to understand the project and to work for a humanitarian purpose. The most moving moment was when we arrived in the first school, and all the children welcomed us like saviors. It was magic.

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

The waterdrop, because the project wasn’t started, but Watermark yes, as soon as they give me the chance, I’d be glad to talk about it. On the other hand, following my trip, I talked a lot with my family and friends.

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

Be the translator for the clients because it wasn’t easy, given our level of English comprehension.

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

1) Welcome our colleagues upon arrival because this was a magic moment with the show 2) The welcome of the children in our first school

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

I loved exchanging and conversing with my colleagues from other countries.

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

Perhaps educate my children to be more attentive when using water. To see an Englishman with tears of joy, leaving the school.

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

Yes, I would explain how it works. Or of course, I would have no worries about doing it again, maybe with Watermark.

Anything else you’d like to share about your experience that we didn’t ask?

One idea would be to do a photo album to give as a gift to clients.


Alain Vastel

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Alain Vastel, Engineer, BET ECIC, France

“You will get your shirt wet when you are involved in this kind of mission!”

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Dan Iversen

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Dan Iversen, Market Development Director EMEA, Xylem

“Now I know we are really solving water, and working for a better world.”

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Dan Wild

January 12, 2016

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.”

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Daniel Gregory

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Daniel Gregory, Public Health Engineer, Bailey Associates, U.K.

“It was a great opportunity to help the underprivilege

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Laurent Gauthereau

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Laurent Gauthereau, Design Engineer CVCD, Ferro ingénierie, France

“I have seen it as a completely new experience. An adventure, somehow.”

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Manfred Jodat

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Manfred Jodat, Engineer, Hansa-Planung, Germany

“Why did I choose to participate? Quite simply, I thought it was a good cause.”

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Paul Farmery

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Paul Farmery, Senior Buyer, Balfour Beatty plc, U.K.

“The most rewarding and fulfilling week I have ever spent.”

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Peter Agneborn

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Peter Agneborn, Global Business Unit Director, HVAC & Commercial, Xylem

“We give our customers the opportunity to make a difference.”

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Richard Böhland

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Richard Böhland, Global Communications Leader, CBS & HVAC Segment, Xylem

“We strongly believe in social engagement and corporate citizenship.”

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Terence Curzon

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Terence Curzon, Principal Mechanical Engineer, AECOM, U.K.

“It was a moment that I will remember for as long as I live.”

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Thommas Andersen

January 12, 2016

One volunteer: Thommas Andersen, Manager, Online Marketing, Xylem, Sweden

“People must help each other and collaborate to make the world a better place.”

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