Monday, 17 December 2007

Farewell...

So we've come to the end of expedition 07J and it’s been an incredible experience for everyone involved. The eight projects that were undertaken were a huge success and from the staff team we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the participants for your hard work, energy and fun. We hope you had the time of your lives. We definitely did. Best of luck in your next adventures. We miss you already, stay in touch and have a great Christmas x





























Thursday, 6 December 2007

Island life


Bravo 1 has just returned home after three awesome days spent on San Lucas Island with Alpha 3. Everything is going well with the group – the weather is constantly fantastic and they are making good progress on the trench which is being dug as part of the water system to take fresh water from the inland well out to the ranger station and tourist facilities near the pier. Sunday was a day off so the group spilt into two teams (inventively named ‘Team 1’ and ‘Team 2’) for a raft building competition. Team 1 got the points for sturdiest raft and fastest time paddling out to the wreck and back. Team 2 got the points for comedy after setting off without paddles, attacking the other team at sea pirate-style, and returning with their own raft in tatters. The rest of the day was spent swimming in the sea, toasting marshmallows on the camp fire and star-gazing on the pier. All in all, a pretty good day.


The Bravo vehicle also fit in a quick food drop and stop-over with Alpha 2 who are currently making their way through Volcan Rincon De La Vieja National Park in the north part of the country. They are now ten days into their trek across to the pacific coast and are doing brilliantly well. The area is famous for its incredible waterfalls and hot springs in which the group have been making the odd stop-off to recover from tired limbs and blistered feet.

News in on the radio from the other groups: Alpha 1 are also well over half way into their trek across northern Nicaragua. At the weekend they had what’s called a ‘rest day’ where they climbed up to the top of Volcan Casita and back – rest?

Alphas 5 and 6, also in Nicaragua, are doing well on their community projects. Alpha 5 are steaming ahead, having just moved 2 tonnes of sand as part of the water system they are installing in the homes in Wisquili. Alpha 6 are continuing with the bridge build in La Pita which involves an immense amount of rock carrying and concrete mixing so well done to them. They also fit in a well earned rest at a nearby waterfall and orchid garden at the weekend.

And finally to Alpha 4 who are down in Carara National Park in Costa Rica. Work is progressing really well with the trails and bridges through the park. The group also had the fantastic opportunity at the weekend of visiting nearby Playa Hermosa where they assisted with a night-time conservation project releasing baby turtles into the sea. We are very envious!

Check back at the end of next week for final updates on phase 3…