On Friday, September 1, the new trainees started their career at TecAlliance. After a get-together and a short introduction to the company, the entire trainee team drove to a tepee village near Neckargerach. There, an action-packed program like Bubble Soccer awaited everyone. You play football normally, but every player is protected by a big ball of air and plastic. Collisions are of course intended and a good opportunity to gain an advantage. We played not only football but also a few more games, for example you have to try to knock over many people as possible. Also our girls aren’t avoid to play Bubble Soccer and the end they started a small round exclusive with girls because they want to relax a little bit. This round blends a bit easy and looks much less adventurous as the round with only boys. Bubble Soccer was a lot of fun for everyone and was a good chance to join the trainee team. After the mood was a little relaxed and the stomachs were growling, everyone was looking forward to a barbecue. The evening ended with a cosy campfire.
In the morning at 7AM, everyone crawled out of their tepees because at night it becomes very fresh and quickly ran to breakfast to thaw themselves with a warm cup of coffee. The breakfast blended very still because not everyone is unaccustomed to stand up so early on Saturday. After the last morning muffle saw the light of day, everyone drove by bus to the starting point near Binau am Neckar and started an 8‑kilometre-long canoe tour. For many of us it was a really overcoming to sit in a canoe. After a few hundret meters it would be better and every team have found the perfect teamplay. During this tour, there was a small competition between the individual canoes, in which the three best teams received a small prize after the tour. In the heat of battle during a race between the canoes, a canoe capsized. This meant that not all trainees reached the finish line dry, but of course no one was lost. According to the motto “One Team”, everyone waited until the capsized canoe stood upright on the Neckar again and the trip was continued together. It is also worth mentioning that all canoes on the Neckar had to pass through a ship lock. Exhausted but happy, everyone returned to TecAlliance on Saturday afternoon after a little refreshment. By the return journey it was very still because veryone has sleeping and a few meters before we reached the company all were waked up through our colleague Steffen with a friendly announcement. Steffen was responsible for the planing of our journey.
All in all, it was a very nice trip, which was a lot of fun for everyone and brought the trainee team closer together. Naturally we have seen all trainees which we don’t see everyday or get to know the new trainees better.