Friday, 2 March 2012

Alpha Summary

So all the groups are back at base, and are preparing for round two in their X-ray assemblies. In a final, farewell salute to our glorious Alphas, here’s a summary of their achievements in phase one.

Alpha 1 tackled the Turrisantos trek in central Costa Rica, and celebrated the culmination of their efforts at Playa Hermosa.

Alpha 2 conquered the Corcovado trek in the South of Costa Rica, absorbing their stunning surrounds in La Amistad and Corcovado National Parks.

Alpha 3 in Carara National Park, in an effort of heroic proportions, put pedal to the metal in order to complete a kilometre and a half circular pathway on their final day.

Alpha 4 completed the staircase at the bottom of their trail in La Amistad, alongside general maintenance work. An X-ray group will be following up their work here.

If Alpha 3’s efforts were heroic, then Alpha 5’s were Herculean. They finished what was originally intended to be a two phase project in half the time, smashing out 3000m of piping, across 5 valleys up on Volcan Barva. We salute you Alpha 5.

Alpha 6 undertook the construction of eco-latrines in El Portillo, Nicaragua and constructed an impressive 29 bases, of which 5 were completed (bar roof), and 6 half done.

Alpha 7 in La Naranjita, (arguably this writer’s favourite place name on the Central American isthmus) had half built 5 of the adobe brick houses, which will be finished by their successive X-Ray group.

Alpha 8 also reached the halfway stage of their community centre and ran a successful sports day in San Jose. The centre will be completed in phase 2 by an X-Ray group.

For more details of the Alpha's endeavours, be sure to check the archive on the left hand side, and click on the corresponding heading.


  1. Dowding family2 March 2012 at 12:00

    Danielle Dowding. Dani it has been so wonderful to chat and catch up on all your news, achievements and just to hear your voice. We love you so much and wish you all the very best on your trek. Keep smiling your beautiful smile angel and know how much we love you and how proud we are. God bless you angel. Love Mom, Dad and Shell.

  2. To Roisin Carson Alpha 1

    Sat 3rd guidance :)
    "A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished, it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. "
    Love you! xXx

  3. To Dara Sternberg, Alpha 4 (I think!)

    Hi Dara, from the slide show it looks like you´re having an amazing time! I hope all is well, just thought i´d post you a message to say helloo.

    Lots of lovee, Rosie xxx

  4. Rosemary Henry, Alpha 4 and Jess Emerson, Alpha 5.

    Hey Laydeez,

    Just been stalking your recent antics, looks like you are having a wild time! Particularly enjoyed the group photos, and checking out all of your new friends : ) . Henners, hope your path holds strong, and that Jess you avoided any volcanic disasters. Also hope that the bus journeys weren't as horrific as previous experiences with foreign transport! Bet you are missing bread and jam though.....
    We are certainly missing you. In fact, we're having a gap-weekend in london soon to console ourselves. Hope you are both well and living the dream.

    p.s oh em gee prisoners wives finale was ridiculously emotional. and yes henners they did do that scene with the weed killer on the lawn.



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