Delta Romeo 1, Turrimacho Trek, Costa Rica
This trek has an incredible start climbing between two active volcanoes – Irazu and Turrialba to over 3000 metres. On a good day from the top you can see the Caribbean Sea. From the top you pass by the Guayabo National Monument – the ruins of an ancient settlement in the jungle before passing close to fieldbase and then on to the Tapanti National Park. After climbing up to nearly 3,000 metres the group will then follow the ridges of the Fila de Bustamante towards Cerro Dragon, before heading down to the Pacific ocean at Playa Palo Seco.
Delta Romeo 1 are: Bernardo Rodriguez (PM), Sheila Loughman (PM), Hannah MacKenzie, Hollie Camilleri- Denis, Hugh MacDonald, Jay Lancaster, Kelly Yaxiry Reyes Cruz, Lauren Mortimer, Lucy Hill, Mauricio Otarola Mora, Olivia S Christie, Rosanna Lorrison, Rose Ashbourn, Stephan Moehrke.
Delta Romeo 2, Momotombo Trek, Nicaragua
In the far north of Nicaragua, close to the border with Honduras, this Raleigh group will walk along a mountain ridge through the pine forests above Esteli. From here you will head along a ridge that passes by the Estanzuela waterfall and protected area going through remote communities. This route has never been attempted before on a Raleigh expedition. The trek heads towards the Momotombo Volcano from which the trek takes its name before climbing up Volcan El Hoyo with fabulous views over Lake Managua. The trek finishes at the crater lake of Asososca – a beautiful crystal clear lake that was once a volcanic crater.
Delta Romeo 2 are: Ivan Phillips (PM), Andy Noble (PM), Abigail Tyer, Alan Gwilt, Benny Gamsu, Charlie Stephen, Faruk Patel, Fatima Tercero Morales, Freddy Soames, Gyneska Velazquez Ramírez, Julian Krantz, Sam Tate, Sarah Lamming.
Delta Romeo 3, Piedras Blancas environmental, Costa Rica
Piedras Blancas is a relatively new national park in the south of Costa Rica where important primary forests on the north coast of Golfo Dulce act as vital biological corridors between Corcovado National Park and the mountains. The El Bonito ranger station is currently only accessible by driving up the river but this means that during the rainy season access is very dangerous for the rangers. Volunteers will continue to rehabilitate an old road that runs through the rainforest that used to connect to some old farms that were once in the park. This area is important for the development of tourism, to prevent poaching and also for scientists who are studying the biodiversity that the park has to offer. The volunteers will build a jungle camp in the forest and learn about conservation in this beautiful national park
Delta Romeo 3 are: Lorna Fossick (PM), Mark Sandringham (PM), Alex Kretowicz, Briony Wood, Elizabeth Hedges, Emilie Kielstra, Gilles Bouman, Ignacio David Camacho Piedra, Jade Pearson, Jasmine Henry,Jessica Bridge-Dunk, Mary McCann, Scott Baxter.
Delta Romeo 4, Camaronal enviromental, Costa Rica
Delta Romeo 5, El Rodeo, Miraflor, Nicaragua
The Miraflor reserve is 206sqkm of beautiful mountainous terrain with various different ecosystems such as tropical savannah, dry tropical forest and mountain cloud forest. Within the reserve there are a number of communities living through subsistence farming and gaining income from coffee growing, cattle farming and some small tourism initiatives. However the people have few resources and lack access to basic services such as health and education. The area was also badly affected by hurricanes last year. On this project, participants will continue to either rebuild or build six new homes in the small community of El Rodeo.
Delta Romeo 6, Tayni community, Alto Coen, Costa Rica
Situated at the centre of a Cabecar indigenous reserve in the Matama region of Costa Rica, a Raleigh group will be helping the local people build a secondary school in the remote community of Alto Coen. This project is extremely important for the reserve as it will equip future generations with the skills they need for the challenges of globalisation and change in the 21st century. The Raleigh volunteers will be learning about the culture of these indigenous people while working alongside them.