Here is a little update from the Alpha 6 team...
The guys have been spending their time in the community of Apantes in Miraflor, Nicaragua, living with families and spending their days getting stuck into the local culture, teaching English to the local school children and building a community centre. The work so far has involved a whole lot of elbow grease and I have to say that the ´gun show´ will most definately be hitting fieldbase when they arrive back next Sunday!
The group started out by digging numerous trenches and building metal frames. The work was then left to what was described by the team as a confused looking pair of oxen to move several tonnes of gravel, sand and brick to the worksite. As of a couple of days ago, the group have finally finished laying the foundations to the build - hoorah they cry! We left them earlier this morning bringing bags of sand over from one hill to the worksite to be mixed later for cement, which they will then use to start building up the walls to the centre.
Reports from designated communications officer, Lydia, tell us that the first few days proved a bit of a culture shock for the venturers as they adjusted to a diet of beans and tortillas, living in Spanish speaking homes, and sharing their space with many inquisitive children and countless pets... such as dogs, kittens, pigs, cows, chickens etc - the usual. After the hard days work the team are generally in bed early doors, 8pm bedtimes feel rebellious apparently. Although challenging, a few unique and significant moments have more than made up for the trickier times. The team have been swimming in waterfalls on their days off, they have drank coffee in a cloud forest, bonded over shared paranoia introduced by a game of ´human cluedo´and become closer to their Nicaraguan families than they ever would have thought.
The local children are really really enjoying the venturers company. Great relationships have formed between the locals and the venturers and it is clear to see that they have been making a big impact on their lives already, even in such a short space of time. We´ll be back with more updates from this group as soon as possible but for now i´ll leave you with a few snaps of the guys hard at work from 7am this morning!
|The unique and stunning Alpha 6 view point - where they give their English lessons to the local children!|
|Alpha 6 on the worksite!|
|Working hard moving the bags of sand... and still smiling!|
|New forms of transport|
|A little help from the local's goes a long way.|
Alpha 7 update... written by Justin.
After two days on Francisco´s party bus listening to classics by Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, Alpha 7 are pleased to have began work on providing a whole community with fresh water! We are working on our buns ´n´ guns of steel (team motto!) by shifting heavy rocks and digging trenches. We are loving our days off lounging by the river and soaking up the sun, as well as an intense game of Mafia or two to keep up on our toes. the whole team are missing everyone heaps but enjoying it here, especially the tortillas for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Alpha seven out.
Short, sweet and straight to the point. Alpha seven are doing well in their new community. After the first few days feeling a bit culture shocked, the guys are now happy, healthy and getting on well with their families. Clear relatioships have formed between the local children and the venturers, which was especially evident in their daily English lesson that we were lucky enough to witness on our visit. With songs like the Hoki-Koki and 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes' featuring in the class, learning really is fun! The lesson continued on into the afternoon and so too did the sounds of the children´s laughter throughout the forest, as more and more children kept turning up to join in! The Alpha 7 troopers have a challenge on their hands in this community; the rain pours daily (and when it pours it really pours) making not only the work harder, but it also becomes much more difficult for them to make their way around the site as the rivers from one end of the community to the other become faster and deeper. Despite all this however the team are happy and smiling and doing incredibly well. The tem are bonding well and big efforts on the work site are really starting to show. Thumbs up from all at Alpha 7.
|"Oohhhh the Hoki Koki..."|
Check our a few pictures form the guys as they settle down to relax for the evening after a hard day of Guanacaste trekking!
|On the menu for this evening... noodles!|
Alpha 3 Trekkers
Here are just a few snaps of Alpha 3 when we met them the other day as they were nearing the end of their days trek... and just as the rain began to pour!
|Let it rain!|
Despite all the rain and tough terrain this group are doing fantastically well. Morale is high and the team have a ´no shortcuts´policy. Pretty hard core. We´re off to see them again this evening where we will spend the night and leave fieldbase admin officer, Amy, to trek with them for the next few days... whether she agrees with their new policy or not.
Still to visit on the Raleigh road trip we have Delta 2, Alpha 5 and Alpha 1. Wish us luck!
*Blog and photos by Dawn Tennant.