Our first-ever offline meeting in Vietnam - #MYAtogether2022
MakeYourAsia has always taken pride in our energetic international team of Vietnamese, Czech, and Polish scattering across the globe. For six years, we have stationed in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, while several team members are working remotely from Poland and Israel. Despite the geographical distance and different time zones, we have formed an ardent team to support MakeYourAsia and our Polish brand - Wczasywazji.pl. After 2 years of the pandemic, we took advantage of the borders’ opening and organized MYAtogether2022 to unite everyone together for the first time in years. For two weeks in May 2022, we finally got to see everyone in person and worked in the same office for the first time.
Normally, co-working in a shared office space might be something simple and obvious; however, it is something extraordinary and precious for our company. For the first time ever, we were in the same location, working together and meeting face-to-face. With the opportunity to gather offline, we finally got to know each other better, brainstormed, and discussed our vision for the future. Besides daily office work, we did not forget to show our co-workers the authentic Saigonese lifestyle. From morning coffee, delicious lunch outings, to crazy motorbike commutes, we provided them a local Vietnamese experience. Any trip to Vietnam would be incomplete without the tasting durian challenge, right? We are proud to announce that all of us have tried balut and durian!
Besides exploring the nooks and crannies of Saigon, we also stocked up on a series of gifts and freebies to celebrate this get-together. From branded t-shirts, logo stickers, colorful traditional Vietnamese coffee phins, to useful tote bags, it’s not easy to miss our squad wandering around the streets. Not only did our branded materials allow our members from abroad to have something to keep as souvenirs but also marked a turning point for us as the tourism sector has started to pick up post-pandemic.
To reward our members for their hard work, efforts, and commitment, we brought MYAtogether2022 to a four-day resort stay at the relaxing Ho Tram seaside. Throughout the trip, we bonded through plates of bánh khọt and crunchy spring rolls, cheers to the refreshing coconut water, and endless talks on the beach. Alongside the pool dips and beach walks, we each prepared a short presentation regarding our roles in the team, backgrounds, even interests to understand each other better. It was very interesting to learn so many fun facts about our teammates and connect with them personally.
We also took part in a creative teambuilding workshop, led by Tribee founder Paweł Górski, to highlight the value of both MakeYourAsia and Wczasywazji.pl. Divided into different groups, we sat together to thoroughly comprehend our missions and their meanings to determine our core values. Through intimate discussion, we shared individuals’ perspectives and thoughts on how to improve efficiency and define our business strategies for the upcoming year. Having the chance to sit down and establish common grounds among the teams allowed us to get better ideas of our operations while tightening the bonds of new and old members.
To end MYAtogether2022 on a high note, we celebrated our team and their exceptional contributions with a Gala Dinner. With great food, appreciation awards, and awesome lucky-draw prizes, we wanted to strengthen the spirit of MakeYourAsia and show appreciation towards our devoted members. After fully charged with sunrays and Vietnamese delicacies, we parted with a hint of regret, but hearts full of hope and energy for upcoming activities. Returning to our usual office routine (or WFH routines for some), we’ve felt a deeper connection among teammates and got a fresh eye for future projects. It was not easy saying goodbye but MYAtogether2022 inspired every one of us to contribute and collaborate better until our next get-together.