Diamond Summit Recap: A Cultural Experience

ASEA Marketing Team
Top ASEA Associates gathered in beautiful Costa Rica to attend the Diamond Summit Retreat in celebration of their hard work. The experience proved to be an unforgettable cultural adventure. Instead of spending the whole trip at a resort, our ASEA retreat group participated in a variety of team building activities in the community in addition to some of resort events.

More than a retreat, ASEA wanted to be able to reach out to the local community and make a positive impact. Thursday was full of inspiring opportunities as we kicked off the ASEA Humanitarian Event.

We were able to raise over $10,000 to pay for new directional signs to the Cipanci Wildlife Refuge and to provide a better learning environment for children at the Bolsom School in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

As a team we assembled school kits for children accustomed to sitting in 20 year old desks under a leaky roof, scribbling notes in an old notebook on top of notes that were written last year. With money raised, ASEA was also able to replace desks, provide new school uniforms, and supply materials to reroof the school.

Children from the Bolsom School in Guanacaste, Costa RicaAn event never to be forgotten, we visited the vibrantly painted, ocean colored school to deliver supplies and play with excited, happy students. The children’s smiles were contagious. Our group was grinning ear to ear as we passed out backpacks to energetic little hands. Even though we couldn’t stay with them longer, we know that in a small way we played a role in helping these sweet children have a better education with the school supplies necessary to help them learn.

In addition to the Humanitarian Events, Diamonds took to the grass to square off in team building games of human foosball and volleyball.

Outside the cultural experiences, Diamond Summit provided learning opportunities, too. Diamonds attended training from Verdis Norton, Tyler Norton, and Charles Funke.

Verdis shared key traits that he has used to become successful and shared stories from his career

Tyler provided a forum for the Diamond leaders to thank Verdis for what he has done for them, during which many of the Diamonds shared personal stories of the impact that Verdis has made on their lives both personally and professionally. Charles discussed how to identify self-sabotage in people who hold themselves back from success. There was a definite energy in the trainings that added to the overall retreat experience.

ASEA is made up of incredible people doing incredible things, and last week was a reminder of the good that comes out of being part of a team. The week couldn’t have been spent in a better place.