Step up guest blogger No 3! Dawn is STILL away having fun visiting the Zulu’s on adventure island (also known as San Lucas Island) so I Laura (field base medic) am stepping into the breach. My mum will testify that my spelling is atrocious so bare with me J
Romeo 1 have trekked through Barbilla National Park and made it to their next destination, Valle Escondido, a Cabecar village in the Chirripó Indigenous Reserve. They say the scenery is breath-taking and all members of the group are going strong.
Romeo 2 are currently trekking towards Lake Arenal and praying for good weather so they can have some clear views out to the majestic Arenal volcano.
|Arenal volcano on a clear day.|
Romeo 3 have set up a stylish jungle camp with all the mod cons like basha hammocks, tarped off dining area and long drop! Today they have been shifting gravel in rucksacks and wheelbarrows to make a path through the Las Pailas National Park. Later, weather permitting; they may visit the hot springs and volcano, nice work if you can get it!
Romeo 4 have moved to the other side of La Cangreja National Park and have continued work with the rangers making the tourist path ready for all those visitors. They are going to be working on the Fundación Ecotropica section of the park which Raleigh hasn’t worked on for 5 years!
Romeo 5 in Miraflor have started work on the community centre but today took a day off to explore the nearby town of Yalí. They are living in the community of Yeluca where they have been warmly received by the local population.
Romeo 6 are also up in Miraflor in the community of Apantes. They have also had a lovely day off watching a baseball game, and to get there they had to walk along the orchid trail, wow!
Romeo 7 are busy putting the finishing touches to the water tank in Quebrada Honda, Nicaragua and were planning to go for a swim in the local river today.
|The local Quebrada Honda folk working on the water storage tank.|
The Zulu’s are all together (with Dawn the blogger) on adventure island still surviving by their wits alone out in the wilderness! And loving every minute of it! What they are actually doing is still a little bit of a state kept secret but I guarantee they will come back with stories aplenty!
The two Challenor’s groups have now been on project for 6 days. Charlie 2, the group in Namaldi, have been storming ahead with their work. The walls of the kindergarten are now up and they are starting on the floor over the next few days. They are also going to be mixing lots of cement to plaster the walls. The community have really taken to the group and they have organised a community party as well as cultural events. Over in Palmera, Charlie 3 has been busy digging the pits for the bio-digestors. Over the next few days they are going to start on the pig-pens where the pigs will live that will be producing the waste that will turn into bio-gas.
Here at field base we are like the helm of this huge ship they call Raleigh and we have been working hard all day to make sure she sails safe and true. We have been sending food and equipment out to the projects, cleaning tents and devising a half hour ‘Radio Raleigh’ which included world news, sports and entertainment as well as a little sing along to keep the spirits high.
Until next time this is Laura.... signing out.