A little soggy yes, with quite a lot of rain, but as I type the Venturers and PMs should be moving into the awesome jungle camp we built with the bamboo we chopped down and stripped to make a basha village - proper jungle style!
We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and were met off the bus by Eber, our main ranger dude and general all-round great guy. He showed us to our temporary lodgings (a classroom next to the ranger station) and we set up a group tarp and cooking area straight away and put the kettle on. After a super early start we were all pretty tired, so got cosy in preparation for a busy day to follow.
Thursday consisted of getting up nice and early to a yummy breakfast of rice pudding before heading into the jungle to chop wood. Thomas, Jemma and Andres looked like naturals as they yelled 'timber!' and sawed away to get enough bamboo to make their home-to-be.
We then joined the others who had been constructing a group area and the framework for some seriously comfy beds from the bamboo we already had - and worked all day until we were almost finished. Unfortunately, quite heavy rain stopped play and we learned that a couple of the beds hadn't quite been protected properly and we ended up with a couple of soggy hammocks! So on Friday, the first day of work at the park, we decided to split the group with half completing the camp and half off to work for the day.
|Suzzanne and Jungle Camp's new pet, Spidey|
|Not the worst office view ever...|
|Crew with a view|
After a day of hard graft, we welcomed some visitors of our own - ROAD TRIP! Rolo, Bjorn and Becky arrived from Fieldbase to pep us up, bring fresh food and play our new favourite card game, Spoons. A yummy dinner of fried plantain, rice, scrambled eggs and refried beans warmed the cockles while we all reflected on the work we'd done as the rain came down outside.
I very quietly left the group this morning at 5am to get the first bus back to Fieldbase, absolutely blown away by an awesome group of people who are bonding more and more by the day and a beautiful location - can't wait to get more updates which we'll fill you in on as soon as possible! Pics of completed jungle camp to follow too.