Wetskills Netherlands 2019

All roads lead to Wetsland: Excursion day!!!

Wetskills The Netherlands By Mira (Oman) & Mthokozisi (Zimbabwe)   Waking up on the 26th of October proved to be a challenge after a long night of exploring the dazzling city of Rotterdam hence we found ourselves tearing through breakfast as we had to rush to the bus to go to Westland.   Lash green grass and numerous greenhouses littered the route to our first destination, Optiflor; a company that specialises in growing Orchids from all over the world of numerous shapes  and colors. What started as a small family business that grew tomatoes has transformed to a marvel of Orchid growing.  After traveling back in time through the history talk and museum visit, we went to the greenhouse which contains two parts: a warm part (for stimulating growth) and a cold part (to stimulate flowering).       The plants there grow by Aquaculture and can take up to 3 years to mature. Optiflor continues to run...

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Day 2: Let the work begin!!!

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 By Tasneem (Palestine) & Mohammed (Palestine)   Today we started at 9 am as the second day of teamwork which is a full-day of energy work schedule. We met with our case owners and started conducting research for our cases with hopes of starting to get an idea for the solution and brainstorming. To achieve this, we sat together and drafted an action plan to guide us.   [caption id="attachment_56687" align="alignleft" width="300"] Participants (Green and purple team) engaging with their owner (IHE DELFT)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56688" align="alignright" width="300"] Future Water leaders doing the assignment with their team members[/caption]                 Between 1pm - 2:30 pm, we explored parts of Rotterdam and had our lunch together at a nearby restaurant which was a really interesting experience. After our food hunt, a training session on how to lead yourself and know more about who you are (based on the Personal Color Theory) was conducted by Wetskills Team....

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“If you build it, they will come”

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 By Annesley Crisp (South Africa)   On Thursday 24th October 2019, 26 young water professionals from across the world made their way to Rotterdam to participate in the Wetskills Challenge 2019. As we gathered in Bar Brasserie Engels, it was hard not to be awe-struck by the diversity of participants…. 12 countries are represented this year, including Oman, Canada, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, eSwatini, Panama, Israel, Turkey, South Africa, Mozambique, Palestine and The Netherlands. Immediately everyone began talking and sharing their water stories and how they came to be part of the Wetskills challenge.   The theme for Day 1 was “ice-breaker” getting to know a little bit about each other, over pizza and drinks, and enjoying the excitement of what lies ahead.   [caption id="attachment_56668" align="alignnone" width="433"] Participants from all over the world mingling[/caption]   The Wetskills Foundation has been hosting Wetskills for the past 9 years and this is the 43rd Wetskills event. The objective...

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