Wednesday, 29 May 2013

We are moving our blogs!

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Artist's Blog: The End

I write this two days after our venturers departed and it seems that the time has quickly disappeared from under our feet. We've been plastered in paint, busy filling our art journals,  making Valentine's Day cards, designing campaigns for the World Days and painting health posts, walls and Venturers' toilets.

It's been a fantastic ten weeks and I've seen some amazing work produced. The enthusiasm has been phenomenal and I want to thank all the PMs for being so facilitating with the projects, even though they've been busy building, conserving and trekking. And of course, an enormous shout-out to our Venturers. I've had the pleasure of seeing some truly creative work produced over the last three months and I'm sure there will be some whose names I will come across again in the foreseeable future.

My last post is dedicated to the final projects here on 13A; the first being Phase 2 Changeover's art activity, and secondly, the health post in La Carona, Conte Burika, where Zulu 9 painted a mural on the front of the new building.

Phase 2 saw our attentions turned to World Water Day for March 22nd. Following our campaign which ran through the duration of phase, changeover was the perfect opportunity to surmise all that we had learnt from the last nineteen days about water, it's scarcity around the world, and access to safe, drinking sources.

It seemed fitting then to turn our attention to those artists who have depicted water in their oeuvre, and one of the most famous paintings to include this element is Japanese artist, Hokusai, whose work 'The Great Wave of Kanagawa' has become an defining piece in the history of art.

Born around 1760, Hokusai is best known as the author of the woodblock print series, 'Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji'. His work came to represent the opening-up of Japan to the rest of the world, their burgeoning travel boom, and Hokusai's own personal obsession with Mount Fuji. By the nineteenth century, many European artists came to be influenced by his work, including Monet, Renoir and the Art Nouveau movement.

One of the areas most in need of a spruce here at Fieldbase has always been the venturer toilets and considering the nature of what we were honouring, it seemed apt to highlight water sanitation in one of the most fundamental spaces.

We co-ordinated one side of the toilet walls, mapping out the wave and then dividing it into ten areas, allowing for each X-Ray group to contribute to the painting. Good job guys!

Seven days after deployment, I made the journey to Conte Burika, to the La Carona community who have had a relationship with Raleigh over the last six years. Our latest project with them was to build a new health post- a very much needed centre which would relieve individuals from the enormous journey they have to make to Golfito, should they fall ill. 

Reynaldo, the community chairman, had specified that they would like to have images which reflected their environment, and included the local wildlife. Zulu 9 took over the front of the post and divided it into two sections- one dedicated to the forest, and the other, to the beach. We completed it in time for the inauguration ceremony. The group also started taking the community's handprints and dotting them along the side of the building and created a beautiful montage with as many people we could gather during the ceremony. 

At the end of expedition, I asked for every group to bring back with them their used plastic bottles so that they could be decorated and used on the terrace on the last few days. Gabby took a beautiful picture of them as tea lights. 

And it's here that we come to the end. A big thank you to everybody for a brilliant three months.   

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Expedition 13A: The Finale

The Venturers have departed - scattering to destinations far and wide as we speak. For 3 months 172 Volunteer Managers and Venturers came together to give their time undertaking an incredible journey. Below is our final slideshow - it is hard to express the hard work, incredible people, amazing communities; those who we have worked alongside, lived next too, eaten frijoles with and shared one of the most unique experiences most will ever have in their lives. Hopefully this will explain what we have been up to! 

With drive, courage, integrity and discovery we completed a school, a health post, a gravity fed water system, 6 new homes, worked in 3 protected areas of natural beauty and environmental conservation and every member of expedition formed 11 teams to trek over 270kms across Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Message from the Country Team:

Expedition 13A is one of the biggest expeditions that Raleigh has organised in the 11 years we have worked in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It gives us great satisfaction to see what a fantastic success the expedition has been and I congratulate all of those who were involved. A great expedition is one where all its participants are able to find the space to learn about themselves, to challenge themselves to think about how they can make a difference to their own societies and one where the groups are committed to the sustainable development of the communities and the conservation of the national parks where they've been working. The measure of the success of Expedition 13A will be determined by how each one of you chooses to use this experience - to make a difference to your own life by living to your true potential and by making a difference to the lives of others through your words, thoughts and actions. Don´t be afraid to make the right decisions in your lives.  

La expedición 13A es una de las más grandes que Raleigh ha organizado en los 11 años que hemos trabajado en Costa Rica y Nicaragua. Me da una gran satisfacción ver el éxito tan fantástico que ha tenido la expedición y quiero felicitar a todos los que estuvieron involucrados. Una gran expedición es aquella donde sus participantes pueden encontrar el espacio para aprender sobre si mismos, que puedan retarse a pensar sobre como hacer una diferencia a sus propias sociedades y donde los grupos estén comprometidos al desarrollo sostenible de las comunidades y la conservación de los parques nacionales en los cuales han trabajado. El éxito de esta expedición 13A se podrá medir de acuerdo a lo que cada uno de ustedes escojan hacer con lo que aprendieron – para hacer una diferencia en su propia vida viviendo con su verdadero potencial y haciendo una diferencia en las vidas de otros a través de sus palabras, pensamientos y acciones. No tengan miedo de tomar las decisiones correctas en sus vidas.

Some of the things we achieve on a Raleigh expedition are measureable in numbers - community centres built, families supplied with water, trails laid and homes built. But our biggest achievements are difficult to quantify – the personal journey each volunteer makes in seven or ten weeks, the challenges of living in basic conditions or tackling steep mountains, understanding new cultures, working in a teams with people from different walks of life and learning about our own place in the world. We´d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in Expedition 13A and thank you to everyone who has supported through this blog especially.

Algunas de las cosas que logramos en una expedición Raleigh se puede medir en números (la cantidad de centros comunales construidos, familias a las que se les suplió agua, senderos hechos y casas construidas). Pero nuestros mayores logros son difíciles de cuantificar: el trayecto personal de cada voluntario en siete o diez semanas, el reto de vivir en condiciones básicas o luchar para subir una montaña muy empinada, comprender nuevas culturas, trabajar en equipos con personas de diferentes trasfondos y aprender acerca de nuestro propio lugar en el mundo.  Nos gustaría agradecer inmensamente a todos los involucrados en la Expedición 13A y les deseamos todo lo mejor en su próxima trayectoria. 

Thank you,Gracias and Pura Vida!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Zulu 10 blog- Agua and Arenilla

As most of you sit reading this blog in the UK, most probably in the pouring rain it may be hard to imagine facing issues of water availability. However, as we have discovered during our first five days in Nicaragua these are problems constantly faced by the villagers of Arenilla. 

Despite facing a fairly substantial language barrier, we spoke to Danilo, the head of the village, about the impact water has on everyday life. One surprising fact we learnt was that even though the main income of nearly all the families in Arenilla is agriculture, the main priority when using water is drinking and cleaning themselves and their homes whilst farming remains firmly at the bottom of the pile. 

Whilst we are lucky enough to be living in houses with direct access t water, there are several households still with no running water. They make a long trek to the main village water source everyday, even though the water is not safe to drink. Luckily, Arenilla never faceses serious shortages of water even in the dry season due to its altitude of 1360mts but the villagers are still careful to conserve water as much as possible. For the 19 days that we are part of the community so will we. 

A message from the Turrisantos Trek

Dear concerned parents of Zulu 3, we will not be returning your children next Sunday. Instead we will be returning warrior men and women who have conquered Costa Rica. Over the last 17 days they have been transformed into self-sufficient capable adults who have climbed hundreds of mountains both physically and mentally. The trek adventure stage has pushed them out of their comfort zone and well into their challenge zone. They have worked together as a team and supported each other through many a tough terrain.

No longer will you have problems getting them up in the morning as they have been getting up at 3.30 everyday walking between ten and twenty kilometres a day. You will no longer hear complaints about trips to the shops. Living only off Raleigh rations of noodles and refried beans, they’ll be sure to appreciate your home cooked food. Also having only worn the same smelly shirt and shorts for seventeen days, they will never take for granted freshly laundered clothes.

Through the entire Raleigh expedition they have stepped up as young leaders and guided their fellow peers. Together they have built schools, houses and a remote medical centre, as well as ensuring the conservation of the Costa Rican rainforest. However on this final phase they have pushed themselves to their physical limits and had the opportunity to trek across the beautiful and mountainous landscape. The skills they have learned over the last ten weeks will ensure they are better prepared to take their next big step into the wider world.

‘Although at the start we thought that our feet would fall apart, here at the end they are still intact and stronger than ever! We love trek!!’

By PM Marie

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Who will benefit from our work in Siares?

Ten minutes after stepping of the bus in Siares, San Ramon we found ourselves surrounded by curious eyes and big grins from the children of the community. Straight away it became clear that they were the motivation for our work.  It was also an indication that they would become central to our daily life in San Ramon over the next two weeks.

Over several days we began noticing the differences between the lives of these children and the children back home. The pre-school we are building is next to the existing school and so we can observe a typical school day. At around 8.30am clusters of children show up outside the school, and much like English playgrounds, begin playing as they wait for lessons to start. However, the teachers turned up and all the children (who were aged between 4 and 15 years) are separated into only two classes.

Due to the age differences the classes seemed more chaotic than back home. We were lucky enough to teach one class English and witness for ourselves the keen attitude to learning that exists here. For some school was the highlight of the day.

Although to us it seemed that there was very little for the children to do around the area they constantly found various ways to entertain themselves. Age was thrown out of the equation and games were universal. Football was especially popular amongst the boys. Despite the very basic football pitch it seemed to be a hotspot for the community. One of the most amusing things to observe were the children wondering around listening to music on San Ramon's version of the iPod - the jukebox. Music didn't stop there, as we discovered in the morning waking up to loud tunes from surrounding houses.

Living with the families of the community we were able to experience family life at first-hand. Here the theme of children continues as it was rare to find a house without any. Brothers, sisters and cousins all lived under one roof as extended families were the norm.

There are roughly 800 people in San Ramon, spread between 80 houses meaning the average household has 10 members. We found that the presence of children brought laughter and love into every family. It was clear that the community valued their children and one of the reasons we feel they were so welcoming to us is because we were helping to build the pre-school. They made us feel like part of the family.

By Cecilia Ricks & Emma Holder

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Zulu 2 get closer to Corcovado

Zulu 2 are currently on Day 14 of the challenging Corcovado Trek journeying from El Progreso, near the Panama border, to Corcovado.

It has been an amazing experience watching the sunset while sitting on the top of a hill we didn’t think we’d get up, and seeing the sunrise after getting up so early we have already been walking for forty-five minutes. We have passed through small communities, stunning countryside and have finally seen a Corcovado National Park sign – the end is in sight. But it hasn't all been easy. We lost a day trying to get to Sila Limon. No matter which way we went up the mountain, none of the paths continued to the top. This was Day 8 (the first attempt) and it really challenged our group as by the end of the day we were almost out of water. Perseverance and good spirits prevailing throughout the day are two of the qualities that are making this a good trek. As we headed down the mountains after the third unsuccessful attempt at reaching the summit, it seemed the locals were right: what we are undertaking is crazy! We have had to keep going despite these challenges and each day we have to find the motivation to roll out of our sleeping bags, pack up our rucksacks and be excited by route-cards telling us it’s going to be a hard day.
Zulu 2 in La Amistad National Park, a few days into their trek
Motivation is a huge part of the Raleigh experience and everyone has their own reasons for being here. Ella is here to improve her self-confidence and we have seen a huge change through this phase. Colin is here ‘to get this wonderful group of individuals safely through the trek having an unforgettable experience along the way.’ Tom is here inspired by previous community work done in Bulgaria.

At the end of the day there can be a team motivator, but it is everyone’s personal motivation that will get them to the end of this trek.

Zulu 2´s motivation will get them all the way to the stunning Corcovado National Park and the amazing coastline at Carate. Some of us from Field Base have been to deliver one of their food drops there so have had a sneak preview of the incredible views they have to look forward to!

The trekkers will get here in a couple of days
Scarlet macaws spotted while delivering Zulu 2's final food drop

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Zulu 9 ask could you function on 25l of water a day?

Today we had a very curious challenge, meanwhile one of those awkward day reviews where we swear we had a wonderful time even though we sweat every last drop from our body, a great idea came up from our already dry brains... Why not use a 25l jerry can during the day and accept the deal to make the water last us for drinking, mess tin washing, laundry, shower and bathroom necessities? 

At the beginning this sounded a little crazy, but I’ve always been a crazy Tica, so I took it very seriously. My day began as if a log had hit my feet, they were so tired, and the fatigue of last day and the two previous phases were already on my shoulders, and the fact that we were going uphill to collect 16kg extra made me realise that my water use was going to be pretty high. Eventually the hours went by; after drinking around 9l, trying not to waste much in my mess tin and crying for every drop on the floor, I fought with PMs and partners but I took care of my container as my baby. The second part of the day I survived without a problem, and in Raleigh talking about how I go to the bathroom is no longer a taboo subject, I chose the long drop over the flushing toilet, saving more than half of my precious water; when shower time came I just filled up a bowl where I comfortably rinsed my now manageable curls, washed every part of my body and I was even able to do my dirty laundry. 

In success! And why am I sharing this from the most remote place in Costa Rica? Although this place has water in every corner, it is necessary to build up awareness to our people, a call to ask for the management of this resource. Lets remember that not everyday we carry the heaviest wood ever, work in the mountains, we don’t even usually build a health centre or sweat in our clothes until we think it has rained on us. This challenge showed me that despite our hard core day as a Raleigh venturer, 17 litres was plenty to cover our daily routine in La Carona, if that works here, how much less can we use in the city? 

Daniela (centre) our crazy Tica

Hoy tuvimos un reto bastante curioso, mientras en una de esas noches aburridos donde todos siempre decimos lo bien que la pasamos aun cuando por toda la mañana sudamos hasta la última gota de nuestro cuerpo, una buena idea surgío de nuestro ya seco cerebro… ¿Por qué no usa todo un contenedor de 25l durante un día y ver si el reto nos alentaba para hacer toda una rutina que incluía hidratacion, lavado del mess tin, limpieza de ropa, ducha, y por supuesto necesidades en general? 

En un principio pudo parecer un poco loco, pero como buena tica, lo tome de una vez muy personal. Mi día comenzo como si un arbol me huberia caido en los pies, el cansancio del día anterior, y 2 fases atrás ya estaban cargandose en mis hombres y el hecho de ir montaña arriba para bajarla con unos 16kg extra ya cantaban por un uso de agua bastante modesto. Eventualmente las horas pasaron, tal vez después de tomarme unos 4ls, pellizcando para no gastar mucho lavando mis trastes, y llorando por cada gota desperdida pelee con PM’s y compañeros  pero cuide mi pichinga como a un bebe. Sobrevivio sin problemas a mi segunda etapa del día,  y como en Raleigh ya hablar de cómo fui al bano no es tema tabú, les cuento que tuve la opcion de la latrina, lo cual me salvo mas de la mitad de mi contenedor; para bañarme  me las tuve que ingeniar y en una tina llenada a la mitad, cómodamente acondicione mis ya inmanejables colochos, lave cada parte de mi cuerpo y por ultimo hasta las 3 piezas que necesitaba despolvar pudieron pasar por una ducha de agua fría, en conclusión… 

The beautiful La Carona

¡Un éxito total! ¿Y porque compartir esto desde lo mas remoto de Costa Rica? Aunque este lugar tiene agua en cada rincon, es necesario un punto de conciencia, un llamado a que pongamos atención al manejo de este recurso, no todos los días trabajamos con la montana, cargamos la madera mas polvosa habida, construimos un centro de salud y sudamos hasta creer que ha llovido en nuestras empapadas ropas, para darnos cuenta que no es mas que necesario el uso de tal vez unos 17ls por día para cubrir nuestras rutinas… ¡Porque ni siquiera fue necesario el uso total de mi asignado contendor…! Juzguen ustedes si en la cuidad nos ensuciamos mas…  

Zulu 9 in front of the almost complete health centre

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

How is water affecting the building of a pre-school for Zulu 8?

Without a doubt, water is the most essential element required for our project in San Ramon. We suffered from a shortage of water one morning and without it we were unable to make cement which we needed for building. We had to stop working. It was only when we were lucky enough to be offered water by residents at a nearby house that we could continue. It was then that we noticed how much people, in communities like San Ramon, cooperate when water has to be shared. We wondered whether this sort of cooperation would be possible on a global scale. Would one country be willing to share its water with another in order to build for future generations?

Sin pensarlo mucho, el agua se ha convertido en realidad el elemento esencial para nuestro proyecto en San Ramón. Después de sufrir una escasez de agua una mañana, pensamos que sin ella no podríamos hacer cemento para construir y toda la construcción se detuvo, pero por suerte una casa cercana ofreció su agua. Fue entonces cuando nos dimos cuenta en comunidades como San Ramón donde el agua tiene que ser compartida, la importancia de cooperar. Después de más reflexión nos preguntamos si este tipo de cooperación sería posible en una escala global. Estaría un país dispuesto a compartir su agua con otro con el fin de construir para las generaciones futuras.

Greggae (eyes closed) and the maestro de obra
Here in San Ramon we have learned a lot about water because of its scarcity. It has been necessary to wet the freshly made walls, for making cement and even to drink (after purifying). It's hard enough waiting 30 minutes for the tablet to purify the water when we are thirsty that we can’t even imagine how it feels not knowing how long it will be before you will next have access to water. This project has opened our eyes as to what the implications would be should there be a water shortage in the future.

The pre-school was at roof level and should now be nearing completion
Aquí en San Ramón ya hemos aprendido mucho acerca del agua debido a su escasez. Nos ha hecho falta para mojar las paredes recién hechas, para hacer el cemento e incluso para beber porque tenemos que purificarla. Es muy duro esperar 30 minutos con sed para que la pastilla purifique el agua, no queremos imaginar como será tener sed y no saber cuánto habrá que esperar para poder tomar más agua. Este proyecto nos ha abierto los ojos acerca de lo que podría significar una futura escasez de agua y esto nos asegura que muchos de nosotros nos sensibilicemos al respecto.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Zulu 1 Coast to Coast by Gabriella Brunton

When I found out on Saturday that Vic, Paul and I would be PMs on the Coast to Coast trek I was overwhelmed with both excitement and trepidation at the task ahead: 270 kilometres, a team of seventeen, and the aim of reaching the Pacific Coast in nineteen days.
Comms officer Gabby no doubt got a detailed handover
from X-ray one's Rich

Cas, Matt and Iona were our day leaders for the first two days and did an amazing job of ‘raleigh-ing’ the team, allaying fears and getting everyone’s Positive Mental Attitude into gear. On Day 1 we had to stop the bus 3km short of our drop-off point which made our first day a cheeky 16km. We began the trek by dipping our toes into the Carribean sea then walking along the stunning beach for 5km taking in all the sights and sounds. We were passed by locals saying Buenos Dias looking unsure of what fourteen venturers and three PMs were up to with their huge packs on.

We carried on walking along abandoned train tracks and under the scorching sun for five hours until we reached our first stop. Henry spoke to the locals and managed to find a lovely Costa Rican family who let us sleep in their garden, use their water and their toilet. It is something I can’t imagine happening in the UK and something that provoked discussion within our group: would people back home offer a group of random smelly trekkers such amenities, especially something as precious as water?

On Day 2 we awoke at 3am, packed our tents and did our morning stretches to prepare for the 22km trek to Colonia. It was then down to business. We walked for miles through banana plantations and villages and by 11am, befuddled by our speedy pace, we had already done 16km. A local man invited us into his home and gave us coconuts he had cut down from his tree. The generosity of local people never ceases to amaze us and is something we find hard to describe. It seems as though at every corner there is a man, woman or child waving at us with a big smile- which on tough days can make a huge difference. We were offered a tour to spot poison dart frogs, as well as a trip to a cultural museum which some of the group participated in. Following this we had a lovely banquet table dinner, ending a tough but rewarding few days.

Day 3 saw us trek 22km, the last four kilometres of which was steep uphill. It was a tough ending to a long, hot day but we made it to our campsite, sleeping beside cows. With Tung Wing’s call of ‘Day 3 is complete’ we knew it was tents up and bedtime, although a few of us had a fun time trying to warm down.
Awaiting Zulu 1 in just under a weeks time - Cerro Dragon

With World Water Day coming up we have all thought more about the importance of access to water. Every time we use the toilet, have a bucket shower or drink we realise how dependent we are on it to keep us hydrated and healthy.

We have now entered Barbilla National Park which involved 12km of steep uphill, followed by some more uphill and the occasional downhill for good measure. Ascending to 450m, we reached an incredible vista overlooking the mountains. Eagles were soaring overhead and on the horizon we could spot the sea, where our journey had begun.

This morning a passing local enquired what we were all up to at four o’clock in the morning, to which Tom replied ‘we’re heading for the Pacific!’ It does sound pretty epic and to be honest, that’s exactly what it is.
The final destination, a chance to dip your toes in the other ocean

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our loved ones supporting us back home, as well as a thank you to the Field Base team who are always looking out for us- we couldn’t do it without you!

Love from Gabby, Paul, Vic, Iona, Kieran, Matt, Cas, Tom, Greg, Lilly, Merle, Anna, Henry, Adriana, Tung Wing Chow, Amelia and Olly.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Zulu 3 - A tribe in search of water

Dear Blog readers, 

First of all an apology for the slight delay in blogs for this phase. Our resident blogger, Gabby, has been deployed as a PM on the Coast to Coast trek with Zulu 1 (she seems to be loving it). So it is up to the rest of us here at Fieldbase to deliver news of loved ones to you all. From now on we should be back to one blog a day starting with an interest twist on the trek phase from Zulu 3 focusing on the theme of this phase; Water. 

We are the tribe ¨Zuluthree¨ and our community has lost its sources of drinkable water. With no other option we have packed up our things and set off in search of a new place to live. Our first day took us through dense jungle and we could fill up at a couple of rivers along the way. However, soon the walk up the hill took us away from the water and we had to rely on our portable supplies until we reached the next rest.  Luckily the people sheltering us were willing to share water for cleaning and cooking.
Leonie and James soaking their worn out feet in phase 1
The next day we were unsure when we would next be able to fill up with water and we thought of the 6-8 million people that die from water-related diseases each year. For us, the amount we carried proved to be adequate for the walk.
Our third day brought a change in terrain and a new challenge to face.  As we moved out of the jungle, the roads became easier to walk on but the sun blazed down on us from the sky. With the added heat we consumed more of our personal water supplies.  A member of our group was in trouble having only one container for carrying water. His supply was now very low. Only the support of the tribe members saved him until the next water source was reached. As many as 1.6 billion people live in countries with water scarcity. Their situation is a lot worse and more prolonged than ours.
Some of the rivers our trekkers come across are crystal clear

Day 4 proved to be the toughest yet as the walk was long and hot. 783 million people do not have access to clean water, and, as our tribe walked on we felt the desperation of such situations.  Along the way we filled up with water from various places such as garden hoses and taps. The end of the day meant we could drink our fill and we were once again content.

The 5th day was a simple walk but our ordeal began with a search for a place to stay and a source of water. One of our possibilities was camping by the river but some of the tribe worried about the pollution of such a valuable water source. Not only could the water be contaminated from upstream be we did not want to pollute it inadvertently ourselves. The alternative came from local residents as they let us stay with them and we avoided any possibility of pollution.
Today is the 6th day in our search and looking back we thank the luck that has seen us to this point. With World Water Day upon us we celebrate and think of others in similar or worse situations. 
X ray 3 weren't short of water in phase 2

Friday, 22 March 2013

World Water Day

Dom Lowe and Ben Jacobs of Zulu 7 bring you the first of a series of blogs from our groups about they have been spending World Water Day. 

70% of the Earth is covered by water but just 1% is suitable for drinking.

We are facing the challenge of distributing that 1% amongst a growing global population, expected to reach nine billion by 2050. 15% of the world’s people have no choice but to drink from unclean sources, putting at risk health and livelihoods.  And each year we face up to 8 million deaths worldwide from the consequences of water-related diseases and disasters.

Our global water crisis has its roots not only in demand, but also in increasing scarcity.
Berny and Cali getting the water flowing in Acuapa

Areas of North Africa and South Asia, for example, currently face extremely high levels of scarcity. Ultimately putting lives at risk, this problem of existing scarcity is exacerbated by poor management of finite global water supply.  Water pollution, abuse of water treaties, and diversion of sources are examples of careless use of the 1% of the Earth’s water that is available for drinking.  Sewage and industry pump 2 billion tonnes of waste into world waterways each year.  As a consequence of this behaviour, by 2030, 47% of the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress as millions lose access to clean water or are forced to drink from dirty sources.
Therefore, looking ahead, it is imperative to protect our precious water supply through more sensible water policies.  Treaties must be respected, industrial waste must be regulated and diversion of water supplies away from vulnerable communities must be limited.
But it is not just on the international scale where water usage must be managed.  As individuals we all have an obligation to use water sensibly. 

Marie digging trenches for water pipes in Carara NP 
Zulu 7 spent world water day monitoring our water consumption and made an attempt to reduce our usage.  By taking just a five minute shower instead of a 15 minute one or by turning off the tap when brushing our teeth, we found that we could save a remarkably large amount of water.  Water-saving methods like these, if replicated widely, mean that future generations won’t pay such a heavy price for our irresponsible management of water.
In order to protect future generations, we must use water sustainably in the present.  

Phase 3: the Zulus

The third and final phase is upon us and everyone has now been deployed to their respective projects. As we waved goodbye to one another, everyone bemused at how quickly the time had flown by, the excitement for the forthcoming few weeks was palpable. Our seven-weekers also set off early yesterday morning. There were tears but many happy memories and lifetime friends made along the way. We hope everyone is having an awesome time!

ZULU 1 - Coast to Coast trek

Vic Moorhouse, Paul Davis & Gabby Brunton

Adriana Arce
Amelia Heimler
Iona Clark
Merle Boontje
Anna Bakker
Lilly Murmann
Henry Vasquez
Kieran Simpson
Tung Wing Chow
Tom Merrill
Olly Walrond
Matt Heathcote
Cas McCormick
Greg Obi

ZULU 2 - Corcovado trek

Sacha Lapins, Colin Houston & Marisa Dunn

Jeannina Barrientos
Katinka Halvorsen
Ella Howman
Ella-Kate Nye
Michelle Melchoir
Emilie Wesseling
Berny Garro
Tom Warren
John Warner
Dominic Orchard
George Clifton
Mark Saville

ZULU 3 - Turrisantos trek

Marie Duguid, Angie Turnball & Clive Arkell

Akalia Ouellet
Jess Nineham
Amy Davies
Florentine Claus
Céline Nobels
Lucinda Hamilton
Roger Zuñiga
Rakeem Shan
Thomas Bots
Josh Arbon
James Anthoney
Drew MacPherson

ZULU 4 - Miratombo trek

Gemma Hickey, Sarah McMurtrie & Sally Bell

Amy Finch
Kate Eskins
Brooke Jones
Flo Bottema
Alexandra Braun
Harini Dewage
Ignacio Vargas
Olly Diponio
Don Hill
Ben Robinson
Alex Bailey-Smith
Anthony Pollen

ZULU 5 - Carara NP

Kate Feeney & Pauline Clarke

Emily Carter
Robin van Gelderen
Laetitia Boels
Anouk Nolte
Jess Adsett
Issie Rughani
Nelson Rostrán
Victor Rojas
Alex Buehrich
Jaap Velenturf
Rob Angus
Frederick Brock
Anthony Thompson

ZULU 6 - San Lucas Island

Denise Hurden, Jess Black & Kat McClenaghan

Nathalia Tchaikovsky
Denise Quint
Charlie Dumoulin
Stella Aichholzer
Wisha Walker
Rachel Holey
Esteban Majano
Lewis Battes
Henry Ash
Glyn Wright
Conrad Hagger
Dougie Critchley
Anders Jacobsen

ZULU 7 - Cabo Blanco

Emma Nightingale & Helena Williams

Alejandra Ruiz
Fay Koster
Willie Aukema
Katy Johnson
Sarah Tilley
Elpha Perkins
Nina Lodeizen
Maykel Martinez
Matthew Hicks
Sébastien Henrist
Philip Kolff
Angus Richardson
Dom Lowe
Ben Jacobs

ZULU 8 - Siares, San Ramon

Sarah Legrand, Chris Powell & Lou Robinson

Adelina Vásquez
Emily Elliott
Emma Holder
Frances Savage
Cecilia Ricks
Luis Velasquez
Freddie Baggerman
Charlie Cunningham
Jelmer van der Ploeg

ZULU 9 - La Corona, Conte Burika

Shane Deverell, Dav Amin, Liz Boyd & Holly Howarth

Daniela Zamora
Abi Hayward
Eleanor Shilton
Ottalie Westerink
Izzy Letty
Jeff Young
Jos Swanwick
Charlie Lacey
Job Brenes

ZULU 10 - Arenilla, Miraflor

Antonio Moreno & Zoe Hudson

Adriana Cruz
Jade Sylvestre-Carberry
Eva McAdam
Jac Potts
Catherine Davies
Rosina Findlay
Kieran Bowen
Nick Verney
James Taylor
Philipp Noodt

You might have noticed the painted faces of our groups this time round? Everyone found out their final allocation by being smeared with a little bit of their team colours by their new PMs. Good luck to all our teams on phase three!!