Alpha 1 – Turrimacho Trek
The group spent the first night of their Turrimacho adventure in Cimarrones where they slept last night. Today they are trekking on to Barbilla National Park. So far so good for the trekkers!
Alpha 2 – Guanacaste Trek
Spirits are high and morale is well and truly boosted for the Guanacaste guys as they began their trekking adventure with complimentary bandanas and a trek song already in place. No doubt there will soon be a team dance to match this, maybe even a group handshake. We can only hope. The team spent their first night sleeping under the stars on a school porch in Anjeles and will continue on to Alto Cebadilla today.
Alpha 3 Miratombo Trek, Alpha 6 Apantes & Alpha 7 in Quebrada Honda
Jetting off to Nicaragua – after a lengthy 8 hour bus trip, these groups spent the night together in Jinotepe School to break up the journey. With a fully equipped kitchen for cooking and two seperate bathrooms with showers, (with showers!) this luxury pit stop was well appreciated by our groups. This morning the groups went their separate ways, continuing their journeys for the start of their phase one adventures.
Alpha 4 – Volcan Turrialba / Braulio
After spending last night in the more luxurious ranger’s hut (rumour has it that this particular hut has a chandelier! Potentially a little inapt but fun nonetheless), the group have headed off this morning to La Casa, where they will be sleeping for the duration of their time at Volcan Turrialba. They headed up to the top of the volcano this morning to begin their first day of work - woohoo!
Alpha 5 – La Cangreja
The group spent their first night in the comfortable ranger’s station before they set off today into the depths of the jungle to set up their jungle camp! The team will begin to work on the wheelchair trails in the next day or so after they have settled in, but first thing's first - camp. Watch this space.
Delta 1 – Playa Hermosa
Delta one has successfully set up their jungle camp. They are spending today finishing final touches to their new home (such as sorting out the ‘Tarzan’ and 'Jane’ themed longdrops!). Work has also begun today on the hatchery and tonight the team has their first night patrol where they will begin the search for turtles!
Delta 2 – Camaronal
The group spent their first night sleeping in the Ranger’s hut before heading out to build their jungle camp where they slept yesterday. They have already began working on the trails and tonight they’ll be taking part in their first night patrol shift!
Delta 3 – Bajo Chirripo
Delta 3 aren’t wasting any time! The hard work has already begun as the group work on clearing the area of all trees and debris, and start on the foundations for the school. Go team go!
Delta 4 - Chirripo
Delta 4 are also cracking on! The group has been split into two groups on the work site; one to collect and carry the wood back to base, while the rest focus on digging ditches and putting in new piping for water. This will be the main job for the rest of the week. It's tough work to start with but spirits are high and the venturers are giving it all they've got!
A quick heads up for you guys back home, some of us fieldbase staff are off on a road trip to visit the groups on Tuesday 12th July and will out of the office for 12 days. So if you want to leave any more comments, best write them before the 12th so we can deliver them when we’re out and about!
Also, just a warning, because so many of our projects are based in such remote locations there is limited contact and access available for both the venturers and the volunteer managers here at Raleigh. This just means that the blogs may be less frequent, especially when we’re out on the road. But bear with us and keep an eye out as we will be updating as often as we can… Viva la blog!
Message from Birthday girl Bert Dunphy to home - She has had the best birthday ever and can't wait to get out there!
Check out the Alpha teams departing yesterday morning!
|Alpha 6 Cameron getting stuck in!|
|Alpha 5 off to La Cangreja!|
|Loading up the supplies!|
|Early morning breakfast and a packed lunch for the road!|
*Blog written by Dawn Tennant unless otherwise stated. Photos by various.