Team Kawani ’S. V iva V acation V ocation !. Team Leader : Audrey Tangonan Team members: Joseph Rasco Philippines. 2013 2022. Seeds of Today:. What will Grow from those seeds?. Smaller, because of more competition.
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Seeds of Today:
What will Grow from those seeds?
Our Dream Job:
Vacation Vocation Program Developer
Good thing I had a fantastic view, the backdrop of soothing waves and fresh Kachumber to keep me company all day. I have managed to finish all the work so I could do my usual rounds of the village and visit the popular adventure nature park in the neighboring town for more ‘research’, aka fun time for me.
I rode my bike to the nearby organic farm and saw that Prashant and Shruthi, two of the local farmers, was already hard at work in the tomato garden. My, how their tomatoes have grown! No wonder yesterday’s Kachumber was that juicy. I set to work with them, attending to the produce, while I do my routine consultation about how they applied what they have learned through the sustainable agriculture online class that my company has enrolled them in. I must say I really like this kind of discussions, where we are embraced by nature, unlike my concrete world in my job 10 years ago.
September 26, 2022
What an exciting day it has been! This job of mine as a VVP Developer really keeps me on my toes, but it is all worth it. I can’t believe I am really staying here in a beautiful and well preserved beach in India for 3 months. To think, just two months ago I was enjoy crispy tomatokeftes in breezy Santorini, and now I’m in an interesting new setting. This doesn’t feel like work at all!
This morning I woke up at 7AM, an hour earlier than my usual wake time, because a curious yellow bird happened to wander into my resort window to give me a morning claw to the forehead. I didn’t really mind it the since I had a chance to extend my usual morning jog along the pink shores. It was just the boost I needed after spending all day yesterday in the veranda of my nipa hut finishing reports and editing photos from the previous week.
They said they have already seen some improvements in the quality of their harvest but there are still a lot to learn. I assure them that they should really take their time. If we are to send thousands of our VVP professionals to this village in two years time, we should really work on preparing to create a healthy and sustainable agricultural system. Rushing things is always hazardous when we think of long term, I told them.
I talked to a couple more locals in the area to hear some of their personal stories and suggestions for the enterprise and when lunch time came, Shruthi taught me how to make MooliLachha from the ingredients we picked ourselves. I documented the whole process and listened intently. I already had an idea of integrating one on one cooking classes, pairing our professionals with locals, in this town’s VVP program. This will really get our professionals immersed with the culture. Within an hour of uploading a photo on my social media, I received almost a hundred positive feedback already. It’s a good thing wireless internet is now available anywhere, without a glitch.
Since the Solar Train to the next town is still in construction, I opted to take my bike to the adventure nature park instead of the crowded bus. It took me 30 minutes longer than it should have but my healthy lunch put me in an energetic mood. Besides, it wasn’t so bad because the heat was significantly reduced by the Tree Branch Weaving scheme adopted in some areas on my route. I just wish there would be more of this forestation of road, like in my hometown in the Philippines.
I finally met with the tourism head of the park, Anita, in person when I arrived. Our connection felt like we were long time colleagues since I have had several video meetings with her before. She led me around the park and I tried all their activities, such as the root climb, cliff rappel and zipline. There were so many cool things to do there that I had not realized that it was already very late and dark out. I was so too tired to ride by bike back so Anita was nice enough to let me stay here, in their tree cabins for the night.
He says things are going really well and the professionals, most of them new to VVP, are really happy and having the time of their lives. I was really proud of that because we were the ones who did the groundwork two years ago. He said our idea of requiring VVP participants to undergo freediving/scuba training and do regular cleanup dives in the area have proven beneficial. The bad news is, since there have been a lot of professionals interested to be placed in the area, we have reached our quota for maximum number of participants and a lot of prospect travelers had to be put on hold or rebooked to other sites. It’s a hard decision for the company to disappoint new customers and sacrifice growth, but I know we are doing the right thing to protect the environment of Coron. The task of Joseph now is to find and apply new technologies we have learned via our online agriculture trainings, that would improve the sustainability of Coron to increase it’s sustainable population capacity.
This was completely out of my itinerary but it turned out to be great. It is really cozy here and the sounds of crickets and leaves rustling made it really hard for me to stay awake. Maybe I would suggest to Anita to grow some arabica coffee plants around the area and set up a local coffee shop? This is a perfect place for our professionals to spend their workday. Our constant challenge with VVPs is always optimizing productivity even in exciting or relaxing places.
I wonder why I had not thought of staying the night here in the 1st place? Since I had myrollable tablet computer with me, I was still able to attend the online updates meeting an hour ago with my fellow VVP Developers. Joseph is back in our home country, in Coron, Palawan, overseeing one of our pioneer VVP sites.
I was also nice hearing via online chat from the head of one of our first client companies. He said he was really pleased that they have adopted the VVP for their company. He said that since they acquired the program for their employees, the rate of resignations in their company dropped by almost 70%, and their number of applicants, mostly from the youth sector, increased five folds - statistics they have never been able to reach until this year. He said it was great since they had more options to really pick out the best people to join their team. They even had a lot of job inquiries even if there wasn’t any positions available.
He also reported that his employees’ quality of work seemed to decrease as first. This is probably because the program takes a bit of getting used to. But he was quick to say that after a few weeks, his employees’ quality of work would improve back and more often better than before. I laughed at this and told him that I was sure it was because his employees are properly motivated, enjoying the program so much that they wouldn’t want to be taken off of it.
Job and financial security are ofcourse important, but I suggested to him that benefits and quirky perks are very attractive to the youth. Open-mindedness to offer the VVP in their company was just the right move for them to achieving a Google-like status. I just recalled how 10 years ago, everybody wanted to work in Google. The standard they have set in taking care and giving value to it’s employees is that standard still applies today. That’s why he made the right choice to partner with us because their company was the first in his industry to adopt this program.
Well, that is it for another one of my eventful days as a VVP Developer. I wish I had this job 10 years ago so I could have starting living this fulfilling life, having fun and making a positive impact at the same time. I have to get some rest because tomorrow I have to meet with the Mayor of the town I am staying at to discuss policies in ecotourism and our ongoing partnership with the local government. And after that maybe I will go surfing or freediving. I’ll guess I’ll decide that tomorrow.
Perfect day in school should be highly customized depending on the field of study. This perfect day should be different for every kind of specialization. This is a perfect day in VVP Developer Training.
An efficient and sustainable “Eco-town” in the world. Some of my classmates are with me. Most of my other classmates are in other different locations of the world. My professors are in different places as well (because they are highly specialized, no one professor should teach us all lessons) but we have are assigned an over all mentor who is on site.