Here's all the latest news from the Alphas:
Alpha 1 - have dipped their toes in the Caribbean Sea and marched along the railroad tracks from Moin to Quince Millas to Estrada. They camped under the stars near Linea B and have enjoyed their last bit of flat for the next 230km. Today they started the first of many ascents - from Cimaronnes up to Barbilla National Park. Tomorrow they will have a 0530 start as they head into the first of three days of jungle.
Alpha 2 - spent two days travelling in a bus to get to the north of Nicaragua to start their trek. The next two nights were spent in the beautiful pine forest of Miraflor Nature Reserve... now they are heading up to the ridges above the city of Esteli.
Alpha 3 - arrived in Volcan Tenorio National Park a few days ago and built a fantastic jungle camp to protect themselves from the heavy afternoon rains. They have started their first task of carrying many sacks of sand up to their project site and have even managed to fit in a couple of games of football against the rangers and locals.
Alpha 4 - arrived to the former prison island of San Lucas just in time for an impressive tropical thunderstorm... a very fitting atmosphere to welcome them! They took a couple of days to set up a 'basha village' and are now busy helping the rangers in this stunning wildlife reserve.
Alpha 5 - have arrived in the village of El Pajarito, a mere two day bus journey and three hour walk from Fieldbase. The groups have moved in with their families and met their new 'mums, dads, brothers & sisters' for the next two weeks. They are now busy digging trenches with mattocks, pick axes and spades where they will lay the pipes that will bring clean and fresh water into the homes of the villagers.
Alpha 6 - much like Alpha 5, A6 are now learning about what it is like to live in rural Nicaragua. They were given a warm welcome and are being very well looked after. They have begun digging out the foundations for the school.
Each group has a 'Comms Officer' representative that will be writing blogs and sending them into Fieldbase so we should have updates from the field very soon… until then…