I'm allowed to be biased as I spent six days with Alpha 6 up in the small community of La Colmena in Miraflor, helping them settle into their new homes, and empathising with the collective tummy grumbles at having beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Groan! Since I left I hear the diet has improved dramatically - to the point of being offered cow's intestines as a special treat. Gulp!
It was a wrench bidding them adios so I can't wait to hear all about their exploits when they're back on Wednesday (all our Alpha groups return to fieldbase then so we're starting to get things ready for their return - exciting!).
In the meantime, here are a few pictures from Alpha 6's first week:
|Ed and Dunia get stuck in|
|Not to be outdone - so do Kesiah and Robbie|
|Believe me, the locals were well impressed!|
|Rosie to the rescue!|
|Chema chops the flowers|
|Alpha VI - let the digging commence!|
|Emma, Louise and Rosie making metal wall supports|
|Tim and a community member mix materials|
|It's raining but the digging goes on...|
|Hola! Me llamo....|
|Un cerdo! = a pig!|
|Let me tell you a story Victoria...|
Alpha 6 have been hard at work on their community centre build. We've heard they've made amazing progress and are about to paint their first mural on one of the walls. Well done guys. I'm so proud! The community centre is much needed as La Colmena can be quite windy and rainy at times because it's at altitude. So the locals will be able to keep warm inside when they hold meetings, adult learning and pre-school classes, and recreational activities.
Tune in soon for an update from Alpha 6 when they return, and find out what happened on a day trip to learn all about Nicaraguan coffee.