Team building
About Lesson

You will want to include team-building sessions in your activity plan. One of the most popular of these activities for youth exchanges is Mission Impossible. Mission Impossible is a fun and very complex game that reflects quite significantly on the social skills of the participants. It shows the role that certain people play in group activities: do they volunteer to be leaders? Do they appoint someone, or do only the bravest and loudest get it? Who appoints themselves as deputy leader? Who steps aside and pursues their mission more individually? Who will allocate the time? Who will be contacted? This is basically a reflection of what roles they associate themselves with, in most cases these roles are patterns in their daily lives, not just limited to this game. It is important to stress that this is not always the case, but most of the time. We will now show you how to organise this great game:

  1. You’ll need a room with chairs, paper, a pen and
  2. Write small tasks on pieces of These can be anything from taking a selfie with the whole group, making a list of countries people have been to, swapping shoes with someone, everyone complimenting another person, collecting greetings in as many languages as possible, solving a maths equation, finding the odd one in a picture, etc. Anything goes! (Quick tip: as you may have noticed, we’ve listed a wide range of activities that can be done in large groups, small cliques or even individually. Try to do this too, so the results will be even more talkative).
  3. Tape the papers to the bottom of the chairs or secure them with masking
  4. Invite the participants into the room and ask them to take a
  5. Have a short chat and explain the rules:
  6. Ask them to look under their chair and start the
  7. After the time is up, sit down again and talk about the experience together!

You can use a variety of team-building activities for the mobility of young professionals. For example, a calculus exercise:

Make a calculator shape with masking tape, about the size of a square metre. Inside it, place numbers from 1 to the number of participants (e.g. if you have 25 participants, use numbers up to 25). To increase the difficulty, you can omit some numbers, for example using numbers from 1 to 29. Arrange all the numbers randomly on the post-it notes within the circle.

The team must be positioned 2 metres from the “calculator”. Their task is to touch all the buttons in turn. But there are rules:

  • All team members must start and finish the race behind the start
  • Each team member must touch one and only one
  • Only one person can touch each number at a
  • The numbers must be touched consecutively; if the sequence is broken, the team must start again from at the beginning, give the group 10 minutes to discuss their strategy. Once they have planned, the activity can begin. You can set a time limit for the team to complete the task.

After the activity, don’t forget to do a follow-up evaluation! Some questions for the evaluation:

How do participants feel about the exercise?

How did they feel at the beginning and during the process? Why?

How would you describe the process? What were the most memorable moments for them?

What was their strategy?

  • What helped them to do the job?
  • What and how would they do differently?H
  • ow is teamwork defined?