Thursday, 21 April 2011
Goodbye, farewell, adios.....
And so the time has come to say adios to all of our 11C blog readers who’ve followed us daily through the most amazingly intense ten weeks of our lives. A big shout-out from me, Gerry your blogger, to all our venturers who were project communications officers and photographers for consistently bringing the blog to life from far-flung projects.
Our 11C Alpha and Delta groups successfully completed 21 projects including 7km of trail in La Cangreja Absolute Reserve in Costa Rica, rebuilt five houses damaged by hurricanes in El Rodeo, Nicaragua, and supplied 30 families with clean water to their homes in Achuapa, Nicaragua.
Now only the volunteer managers and Ross our country programme manager remain at fieldbase. The place is eerily quiet save for the occasional bark from our newly adopted dog Daz. And soon no one will be there to hear Daz’s barks.
So, this is Zero , signing off with our final sitrep for expedition 11C:
Serial Alpha: 10.00 hrs 20/04/11, over.
Serial Bravo: Fieldbase, Turrialba, Costa Rica, over.
Serial Charlie: Sunny and dry, over.
Serial Delta: On both the Alphas’ and Deltas’ last night we held The Golden Mess Tin Awards which recognise the crème de la crème of our venturers, though of course we’d have given them all an award if we could because we’ve never come across a more lively, creative and continuously surprising group.
So, final drumroll for our golden winners:
Hard Core Trekker
Alpha: Chris Hibberd
Alpha: Andres Cambronero Rodriguez
Delta:Andres Chavarria Navarro
Most improved language
Alpha:Josseling Zeledon Bravo
Alpha: Richard Cronheim & Ellie Spicer
Delta: Jay Lancaster & Rose Ashbourn
Spirit of Raleigh
Delta: Richard Mandell
Alpha:Daniel Saborio Romano
Alpha: Emily van de Bunt
Delta: Mary McCann & Karla Arroyo Chaves
Our final changeover is finished. Our venturers have flown the nest. Deep clean of fieldbase is done and dusted, over.
Serial Echo: Get on the party bus to Cahuita beach. Carnage guaranteed, over.
Serial Foxtrot: None. All admin completed, over.
Serial Golf: Risk assessment update – now very high. 36 volunteer managers about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting Caribbean coast, over.
Serial Hotel: There won’t be a next time. This is it. Pura Vida! 11C Zero, listening out...