Fieldset
South Sudan: Staff party!
Tessa blogs about enjoying a well-earned staff party with her team in South Sudan.
Tessa Thadiens and MSF colleagues
 
Every year the team organises a “staff party”, which is no mean feat. 
We even set up a whole party committee: I’m part of the “balloon crew” and blow my lungs out. John helps putting together the music play list. Renata assists the cooks with the enormous task of preparing food for 300 (!) colleagues.
Tessa and her colleagues.

Tessa and her colleagues. Photo: Tessa Thaidens/MSF.

 
 
And then it’s time for the party to commence.
 
Everybody arrives in their best dress or suit. It’s a colourful gathering.
 
After a bunch of speeches we finally open the buffet, and not long after, the dance floor.
 
 

When they’re dancing, they manage to push everything to the back of their minds and enjoy the present moment.

 
It’s really so nice to get together with the whole team in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the work floor. Of course, during the social event, we continue our medical work in the hospital, therefore groups of staff relay each other to be able to participate in the party.
 
People are dancing and smiling with great zest. I’m afraid I’m being laughed at because of my dance moves.
 
I can’t get over how amazing it is that these people radiate so much joy and positive energy when you stop to realise the harrowing events people are going through in this war-torn country.
 
When they’re dancing, they manage to push all of that to the back of their minds and enjoy the present moment.