Sorry for the lack of blog yesterday... with three weeks of build up and hard work achieved, the Fieldbase team were understandably in need of a day's rest... don't worry though - WE'RE BACK and hoping to have a blog for you every day. We have a guest blogger in each group that will be sending us in words and images when possible throughout the phase (please remember this is quite tricky to do... remote villages don't have wi-fi!). Our first group sent in their words and images via Bravo 1 today (Bravo 1 was the Fieldbase Team delivering a food drop in the Raleigh Land Rover) - see the blog below.
Here at Fieldbase we have been busy clearing up the mess of 100+ people and
preparing for the upcoming road trips to resupply our hard working groups.
Country Director Julian Olivier has been compiling a fair bit of data as part of his ongoing
strategy work... today he calculated that on Expedition 11L we have passed the
4000 volunteer mark... yup, FOUR THOUAND volunteers have now 'got out there'
and made a difference in Raleigh International Costa Rica & Nicaragua, so a
big shout out goes to all of our alumni - PURA VIDA & DEACACHIMBA to you
Here's a quick round up of all the 11L groups:
Alpha 1 - see the blog below. In case you are wondering, I'm afraid that
heavy rain and thick cloud ruined their chances of a clear view from the top of the volcano...
ah well, they still had a blast climbing up there!
Alpha 2 - have also been drenched by the heavy rain. Despite a couple of detours
to avoid swollen rivers and longs days trekking over hills, through jungle and
back-country roads, the group are all still happy and not letting the weather
dampen their mood. Don't worry A2, sun is forecast for tomorrow!
Alpha 3 - reached the top of Cerro Chirripo and have been treated to some
absolutely spectacular views. They started work on their trail repairs today -
they get their first visit next week so I'm afraid you'll have to wait until
then for photos.
Alpha 4 - have built their jungle camp, settled in and began their turtle
patrols. Today 37 nests hatched, meaning the group released hundreds of
turtles back into the sea.
Alpha 5 - are currently staying in the town of Achuapa in Nicaragua as the village they
will be working in (San Nicolas) was affected by the recent heavy rains. For
the next few days the group will be helping with the relief efforts, helping to
repair roads and buildings - a very worthwhile job indeed. They will hopefully
move in with their host families within the next few days.
Alpha 6 - have arrived in the village of El Cebollal. They have moved in
with their host families and are now enjoying discovering what it is like to be
part of a rural Nicaraguan family. Like Alpha 5, they will be spending a few
days helping with the post-deluge relief effort so that vehicles can get in and
out of the village safely. They should begin their intended project very soon,
but until then the work they are doing is massively helpful to their hosts.
That's it for now - we'll bring you words and pictures from Alpha 2 on the
20th who will be receiving their first food drop from Bravo 1 tomorrow.