After a lengthy, but interesting journey up through Costa Rica and Nicaragua including several bus changes it was pleasing to have all our tools, bags and group members intact as we disembarked in La Naranjita, Miraflor. Immediately we were impressed by the look of the preparatory work put in by the community, and the warm welcome we were given upon our arrival. Pleasing too is the spirit and camaraderie within the group, no word were truer spoken than the old adage, “a good team is a happy team”.
Progress has been fantastic thus far on our project, assisting with an emergency housing project – thus far we have completed one base and hope to have two more completed in the coming days. PM Matt is living up to his macho image, getting stuck in with the shovels, and Elliot has finally learned that the appropriate label for ‘small cows’ is ‘calves’. The weather has been kind so far, evident by the number of pink shoulders ande legs wandering around the community!
The hospitality and welcome extended by the community of La Naranjita is truly special. It’s incredibly humbling to live in such a simple, but happy and successful community and such a profound experience has shown us so much already about life outside ‘the bubble’ of our everyday lives.