Renovating two large toilet facilities in a vocational school and converting three bathrooms in a student dormitory: this is the task of this year's social project, which eight Geberit apprentices are taking on in September 2021. Under professional guidance, the young people from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will travel to Vinnytsia in Ukraine, a four-hour drive from the capital Kiev.
Team spirit and creativity
The condition of the sanitary facilities on site is not the only challenge awaiting them. The lack of foreign language skills of the Ukrainian students who are helping with the renovation work at their school is another. Some Geberit apprentices also lack technical sanitary know-how. After all, the project participants learn a wide variety of professions at Geberit.
“It is precisely about overcoming such hurdles,“ explains project manager Remo Zwick. “The social project serves to develop team spirit, to look for solutions together and, of course, to look beyond one's own nose.“
For a good cause
Every year, Geberit apprentices are given the opportunity to demonstrate their team spirit, willingness to learn and acquired skills in a project benefiting social institutions in poorer countries. Geberit provides the material and the apprentices install it under technical supervision.
This time, a vocational school in Ukraine benefits. After two weeks, the apprentices, their companions and their Ukrainian colleagues look back with pride on their joint work. “We are grateful,“ says the headmaster Andrii Bezuhlyi. “Our living and learning conditions have improved significantly.“
The apprentice Lisa Mairamhof (CH) captured the entire project in a film.