Sunday, 3 July 2011

The Venturers have landed!

For those of you back home we apoogise for the lack of blogging over the last couple of days, we've been having some internet trouble. But we're now back on track and just in time because...(que drum roll)... the venturers arrived at fieldbase today – hooray! Yesterday we greeted our Host Country Venturers as they sang and danced their way into fieldbase... literally! After some long and tiresome journeys from all over the globe the rest of the venturers have arrived safe and sound and Raleigh HQ (head quaters) is now well and truly buzzing!

They arrived yesterday and spent the night sleeping in la Escuela Britannia is San Jose. They awoke at 4.30am to leave at 6am to arrive at Fieldbase in Turrialba at 8am, to then finally relax with a warm welcome from all the Raleigh staff and tucked in to a delicious breakfast of Gallo Pinto! (traditional Costa Rican dish of rice, beans, eggs and plantain). Feeling a little perkier after a good feed, the venturers are now busy settling themselves in their new home and getting to know each other. You could say that there is a touch of excitement in the air.

Still yet to join us after a delayed flight is Luke Smalley, Carla Dunphy, Kelly Robinson and Yasmin Begum who will be flying in this evening to be greeting by the fieldbase team who will then bring them back to base early door tomorrow morning to join the rest of the Raleigh 11G&H team. For the family and friends of these guys back at home we will be keeping you updated as soon as arrive at fieldbase. 

The Host Country Venturers arrivng at fb!
Let the celebrations begin!



Day one... and the games begin!

More venturers arriving this morning!

First thing's first - introductions and breakfast!





Next up on the Venturers' schedule... training and jungle camp! We'll be back soon with more news and updates.

Pura Vida

*Blog written by Dawn Tennant and photo’s by Kat Mammone, unless otherwise stated.

35 comments:

  1. From Mom: Jordan, we are glad you safely arrived. We can't wait to hear from you. E-mail us when you can. We love and miss you!

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  2. To Hannah Laeverenz S (11 H)
    Great to hear that you have arrived safely. Saw the back of your head in one of the photos - it's good you have distinctive hair! Hope you are settling in well and get used to new time zone quickly.
    I am looking forward to seeing a photo of you in the next blog - hopefully of you smiling and from the front!
    Much love Eva xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  3. PARA:FRANCIS ELIETH ZELEDON TE QUEREMOS MUCHO TE ESTAREMOS APOYANDO PASALA BIEN CUIDATE ATT:ISABEL Y ANGEL GABRIEL

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  4. For: Nicholas Burden 11 H
    Hi Nick great to see you all having a great time!
    Hope you and Cyrus had an great journey once you met up in London
    Love Mum

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  5. Hello Joanna from Berlin,
    Glad you arrived safely- it looks wonderful there. Let us know what you are up to.
    Love from all in Auerbacher strasse

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  6. Susan and Iain Black4 July 2011 at 08:26

    for Emma Black costa rica 11G. Good to see that you all arrived safe and sound . it was great to find you in the group photo. Take care and have fun love mum and dad x

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  7. Hullo Caesar (Costa Rica - 11G or H, I suppose... I guess you forgot to tell us the number...)

    It's good to see that you've arrived safely. I see you've already surrounded yourself with girls :)
    Love from all of us
    Mum

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  8. dave and Jo Hales4 July 2011 at 12:14

    Hi Tim and all at camp,
    so pleased to hear you all arrived safely, trying to find you on the blog photos but no luck! Email when you can, looking forward to hearing all about it, take care, stay safe and have lots of fun.
    Love you lots
    Mum and Dad xxxxxx

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  9. For Bella Pringle, 11H

    Hey you!! Good to see you got there okay! A couple of good pictures of you up here on the blog haha looks like youre having fun. Don't know if the last message i sent worked. Missing you a lot. Not much at all going on here, I've spent the whole day in bed thinking about you. Cut my hair pretty short :S looks so village haha. Will grow it back for you dont worry. Let me know when you get internet and ill send you a picture. Not much else to report.
    Get in touch when you can please - and have loads of photos taken of you please if its not too awkward hahaha its nice to see your face.
    I love you so much, keep having fun. James xxxx

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  10. Hey hey Eleanor/Ellie Pike!
    It's not the same at home without you! Missing you. Glad you got there safe and excited to read up on your adventures. Make the most of every day!
    Lots of love Katrina & fam. x x x

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  11. Hi Jodie...Great, just been talking to you on monday evening...all sounds great your end which is good news!!! ! I had lovely birthday weekend and thanks again for my present x All ok here not very exciting now all the parties are over for time being....soooooo we wait for your exciting news....keep safe be happy love you mum and gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  12. Jenny & Bruce Ramsay4 July 2011 at 14:17

    Doug Ramsay 11H - great to see your picture on the blog, and to know you got there safely. It all looks really cool. email if you get a chance. Mum, Dad & Nel.

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  13. Hi Cesca (Payne),
    Great to see your picture. You are smiling so you must be having a good time so far. Hope it continues. I'm very proud of you.
    Lots of love Dad and Renzo.

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  14. For francesca Payne. Hi cesca. Looks like you're having fun. Remember when you repack your rucksack don't forget the enthusiasm, determination and of course sense of humour. Love Yvonne. X

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  15. To: Chavalazo
    Alfa2
    Guanacaste Trek
    Te amo mi flaco. Ojalá que estés disfrutando mucho estos días de aventura. espero que hayas cargado mucho las pilas estos días en FieldBase para que apenas empiece el trek explote toda esa carga de alegría, de energía y de alegría, para que hagas vivir a otros toda la maravillosa expeiencia que tú viviste.
    Acá en casa se te extraña mucho y se te quiere siempre. Cada día y cada noche pensamos en tí y pedimos a Dios que te cuide en cada paso del camino, que enderece tus veredas y que te ilumine y te conduzca, para que hagas tu trabajo de la mejor manera y que por tu medio los otros muchachos aprendan el verdadero significado de la vida, de las cosas simples, de la alegría, de servir, des er solidario, de ser amigo.
    Que te diviertas mucho hijo, te amoamos y estás en nuestro corazón, en nuestros pensamientos y en nuestras oraciones.
    Dale duro y fuerte hijo!!!!

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  16. To: Hong Kong venturers
    (Alpha7:Kay Chow,
    Alpha6:Harvey Ka Hung Tse,
    Alpha5:Angelina Cheung,
    Alpha4:Keith Lau Sui Pang,
    Alpha3:Cindy Fung,
    Alpha2:Pinki Tse,
    Alpha1:Joyce Hiu Tung Law,
    Delta 1: Trino Chan)

    From: Charles Wong
    Message:
    Hola! just read your news in the blog and see all of u have smiling faces!
    remember the time that we were in the dragonboat? let's continue our heart in Costa Rica! Proud of you
    most important of all~~enjoy the expedition~~

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  17. Johnmac and all at TVC said:

    To: Luke (Alpha 1) and Kelly (Alpha 6)
    Glad to see you made it eventually, really proud of you both. Have a great time and work Hard!

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  18. Para Fer Zuniga Delta 3 Grupo 11H; hola Nan, te queremos mucho y estamos felices de que estes disfrutando, cuidate mucho, tu mama mas tranquila despues de verte en el blog, tu hermana se ha declarado a si misma hermana mayor por cinco semanas, Marcos no esta muy deacuerdo,que bien que te toco el proyecto de Chirripo , entrega todas tus acciones a Dios....con amor tu papa...Manuel Zuniga (father)

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  19. dave and Jo Hales5 July 2011 at 11:50

    For Tim Hales Alpha 2 11GH
    lovely to receive you're email last night... then today saw the photo of you in Alpha 2 group ready to go off on your jungle adventure! Have a great time will miss hearing from you over the next three weeks.. everyone sends their love, make the most of it, have lots of fun but take care... don't forget the malaria tablets on Saturday!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxx

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  20. Hello Daniel (O'BRIEN)

    It was great to see a photo of you. We love you so much and are very proud of you!
    Work hard and enjoy this wonderful experience.

    God Bless
    Mum and Clare xxxx

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  21. For Mitchell Tulloch Hi mate nice to see your pictures you look relaxed. Have fun, take care love mum & dad

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  22. Megan Smegan!!

    Love you like I love snog, peshwari naan & cranberry combined!

    xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  23. For Louis de Dumast 11H

    Salut Louis,

    Retour de Mongolie apres un super bref voyage à Moscou et Ulan Bataar. On se prepare ta mere et moi pour nos trois semaines a Madagascar et quelques jours dans la reserve de tigres. On essayera de rentrer pour t'accueillir!!

    Max a eu son bac avec mention AB, comme Benoit et Luc. Ouf!! Donnes de tes nouvelles si tu peux.

    Amuses toi bien. M+P

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  24. for Ben Moye, delta 1..
    Hey Benj..co ti jebe,u realy ended up on the beach saving the turtles then, can't believe it ;o] hope u r having great time and u like it there,we miss u here already...enjoy every moment of it and take care..love u xx
    Veronika
    ps1:any spiders and monkeys yet?
    ps2:love your new haircut,lol

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  25. Hi Tomba (Tom Harley Delta 1)
    Really hope you look after the turtles nicely - and that your hammock is comfy - It looks like I'm a Celebrity get me out of here! Lots of love Mum xxx

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  26. For Sarah Canty (Alpha 4)
    Hi Sarah, great to see photos of you on the website (clearly enjoying the salsa!) Hope your jungle adventure went well and you are now 3000 meters up a volvano having a great time (hopefully a bit cooler up there). Your project sounds really good and your group looks really nice. Seen a photo of the waterhole next to your camp for the second half of this phase, looks awesom. e-mail when you can, love you lots Mum,Dad & Dave xxx

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  27. 11GH ALPHA 5 CARLA DUNPHY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY GORGEOUS LITTLE SISTER. HOPE YOUR HAVING A BOSS TIME OVER THERE!! I'M SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!! KEEP SMILING MY LITTLE ONE!! ENJOY EVERY SECOND OF YOUR ADVENTURE!! MISS YOU LOADS AND LOVE YOU BILLIONS LOVE TERRI AND WAYNE XXXX

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLA LOTS OF LOVE MUM AND DAD XXX

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  28. For Jen Clements Alpha 6 Amazing blog, keeping track of what you are getting up to every night and lots of pictures of you too
    keep smiling and enjoy every minutes, plein de bisous Maman et daddy

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  29. Reggie Lang PM Delta 4.

    Reggie Reginald... Hey Stranger... Have an amazing next 3 weeks yus. I hope your troopers know your scarred of spiders. Loving these blog pictures so make sure you get some good ones for me. You massive poser. Paint that Jungle in glitter before you get back. CAUSE BABY YOUR A FIREWORK!! i miss your singing. Alot.
    I will be thinking of you... Enjoy. Tell me all when you are back.

    Missing you tonnes. x x x x x x x x ... muchas besos.

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  30. Francis Zeledon
    espero que la estes pasando super bien, cuidate!! te kierooooo amiga!!!!
    De: Ana Rodriguez

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  31. Karen Rocha
    te kierooo amiga cuidate mucho y pasala super bien, t staremos esperando!
    Ana Rodriguez

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  32. Karen Rocha: hola karencita espero estes bien y k estespasandola super bien nos haces mucha falta te keremos cuidate mucho disfruta esta aventura y k Dios te bendiga att: Belen Valdivia

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  33. Barcrest Friends15 July 2011 at 06:54

    For CHRISSIE CLARE - ALPHA 7
    Hi Chrissie! We've been reading the blog and looking at the pictures and wondering why you haven't got any mascara on?! We're all missing you, hope you are having fun and the insects aren't too huge! Love from us all at Barcrest. PS: the bacon sandwiches were delicious this morning....

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  34. HOLA FRANCIS ZELEDON espero k la pases bien y cuidado con hacer alguna travesura espera mejor a llegar A tu casa pa hacerlas te espero TKM post: como k no te iva a escribir

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  35. para:karen rocha
    feliz cumpleaños karecita!!!!! te kieroooo muchooooo y no creas q tu cumple paso desepercibido para nosotros portate bien y cuidato saludame a la francis.... ya pronto nos vemos chicas!!!!!!
    de: ana yansis rodriguez

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