We've just been paid a visit at Raleigh CR&N Fieldbase by Richard Benyon, the Conservative MP for Newbury from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Standing in front of a sea of Raleigh T-Shirts and attentive faces, he explained how he is here to see the amazing work that Raleigh does here in this part of Latin America, and how this part of the world is focusing on sustainable development and conservation, in the hope that we can take some of these learnings on board in the UK and beyond.
A Q&A session then raised some interesting debates - about why countries like the UK and others in Europe appear to not be as focused on sustainability as Central America. It's true, we have a way to go, but I think every single one of us here, since being on Raleigh, have become more than a little bit more aware of our place on the planet and how we can contribute to keeping it sustainable - essential if we are to survive.
Mr Benyon then went on to ask people to talk about why they were here on a Raleigh expedition. Everyone has their own very unique story, and that's what makes this particular expedition so special. Host Country PMs and Venturers who want to learn more about their country and spread the word about it. Young people from the UK who feel a sense of direction is needed and aren't getting the support or stimulation they need back home. Career breakers who want to change the way they live their lives, even just a little bit. And Mr Benyon was right, every one of us should be proud of the fact we're here and want to make a difference, however small.