Cue drum rolls, whooping, cheering and general excitement….the PMs for phase one have been allocated their projects.
Heading off on the Turrisantos trek, our very own Little and Large, Will and Ken (pictured below with phase one fieldbase medic James). An amazing trek that takes in two active volcanoes – Irazu and Turrialba – and climbs to nearly 3,000 meters before finishing at the stunning Playa Matopalo on the Indian Ocean.
Tackling the challenging Guanacaste trek will be Randy and Lucy. The setting for this trek covers a huge variety of different ecosystems from cloud forest above 3,000 metres down to one of the last remaining stands of primary dry tropical forest left in the Americas. It also finishes at the Pacific Ocean at at Playa Junquillal.
A team of three PMs (Duncan, Matt and Rachel) will head up to the heights of Chirripo National Park, where their group will work near the peak of Cerro Chirripo - at 3,820 metres Costa Rica’s highest mountain. The team will be working to repair the trails for the many thousands of visitors who who undertake to climb in this stunning national park.
Gemma and Owen will be heading to Playa Hermosa on the Pacific coast, where thousands of turtles come each year to lay their eggs. This unique project will also get to take part in nightly turtle patrols to collect the eggs of the turtles and put in them in a hatchery.
Heading to Achuapa in Nicaragua are Julie, Kunmi and Barney where their group will be working on a gravity-fed water project to bring clean and safe drinking water to 50 families in the community of El Carrizo. The group will be working with the local population to dam small streams, build tanks to collect the water from where it can run through pipes to all the local houses.
And, last but not least, heading to El Cebollal in Miraflor, Nicaragua are Bruce, Kelly and Vic. Their group will be building a community centre within the Miraflor reserve where there are a number of communities living through subsistence farming and gaining income from coffee growing, cattle farming and some small tourism initiatives.
So there you have it, project planning visits are next up and with some teams heading off tomorrow morning (Saturday), there’s some serious packing and planning going on.