Adventure Phase X-Ray 1, 2 & 3
Each trek covers 250kms in 19 days. Learning navigation, camping and survival skills along the way; teamwork, determination, a good sense of humour and talent for games are essential. The 4am starts, tough climbs and up to 10 hours trekking a day are all made worthwhile when rewarded with incredible views, abundant wildlife and an enormous sense of achievement upon arrival at the beautiful beaches.
X-Ray 1, Coast to Coast Trek
Clockwise from top left: Izzy, Abi, Joe, Eva, Henry, Alejandra, Nina, Richard (PM), Katharine (PM), Robbie, Seb, Philip, Cecilia, Nick, Job and JadeX-Ray 2, Corcovado Trek
Led by PMs Lena and Gemma: James, Charlie, Anthoney, Willie, Hidde, Freddie, Lena, Gemma, Wisha, Elpha, Laetitia, Kat, Mary, Glyn, Adriana and VictorX-Ray 3, Turrisantos Trek
Led by PMs Louise and Sarah: Lou, Sarah, Jelmer, Esteban, Anders, Matt, Ben, Sarah, Emma, Jess, Ottalie, Emily, Kate, Charlie, Mat and Jos
Environmental Phase X-Ray 4,5, & 6
Working with SINAC (System of National Conservation Areas), the environmental groups live and work alongside the park rangers to help maintain and improve the region’s national parks and wildlife refuges. The projects are hugely important in supporting UN Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensuring environmental sustainability - helping preserve natural resources and habitats, and protect important species of plants and animals.
X-Ray 4, Carara National Park
Objectives: Maintaining and creating new trails in the park, increasing tourist numbers and ensuring income for the park and local economy.
Led by Sarah, Zoe and Marie: Sarah Mc, Mark, Alex, Kieran, Flo, Michelle, Marie, Kieran, Amelia, Kate, Eleanor, Philip, Zoe, Luis, Ade and Ella-KateX-Ray 5, San Lucas Island
This stunning island is the location of one of our environmental protection projects - creating new trail to ensure rangers have access all of the island in order to protect species of howler monkey among other animals alongside the development of visitor centre.
Led by PMs Chris, Pauline, Simon B and Denise: Pauline, Jeff, Berny, Daniela, Harini, Flo, Thomas, Bella, Cas, Jac, Anthony, Simon B, Denise, Lucinda, Iona, Chris and Drew
Our final Environmental project is Cabo Blanco Island, creating a new trail and maintaining the island, helping to boost tourist numbers which in turn provides important monies for the islands protection.
Led by PMs Colin, Vic and Greg: Rosina, Colin, Vic, Roger, Greg, Merle, John, Katinka, Don, Catharine, Tom, Fran, Amy, Jeaninna, Charlie and Rakeem (not in picture)
Community Phase - Sustainable Development: X-Ray 7,8,9 & 10
Living in the heart of some of the most remote areas of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, these projects provide a unique opportunity to work alongside members of the communities to provide basic facilities such as access to clean water and education. The hard work of the Raleigh groups helps to improve the quality of life and provide valuable resources for the many generations to come.
X-Ray 7, Matapalo, Achuapa, Nicaragua
A water and sanitation project to ensure that the community of Matapalo have access to safe and clean water, protecting against water borne diseases alongside health problems due to carrying heavy water from far away from families homes. The team are based in a remote farming community which is incredible beautiful but digging trenches to lay the pipes is tough work but X-Ray 7 are more than capable of achieving their aims.
Led by PMs Cali, Emma and Paul: Issy, Tom, Anna, Olly, Josh, Celine, Cali, Emma, Paul, Maikel, Dom, Dougie, Immi, Flavia and Charlotte
X-Ray 8, Siares, San Ramon, Nicaragua
Taking the ore-school to another level, building on the foundations of Phase 1, X-Ray 8 are building the pre-school in Siares. Funded by Myles Robinson Trust and Raleigh this area currently has a primary school but all children from age 3 to 10 attend school int he same room, this is incredibly disruptive and has led to parents pulling their children out of school. Helping to contribute to Millenium Development Goal 2 of universal primary education as well as the human right to basic education, it is an incredibly valuable project.
Led by PMs Clive, Helena and Kate: Billy, Luke, Conrad, Gina, Denise, Lewis, Ben, Robin, Alex, James, Chow, Jess, Adriana, Kate, Helena and CliveFind out more about this community >
X-Ray 9, La Carona, Conte Burika, Costa Rica
The most remote of 13A's projects, La Carona is an indigenous territory inhabited by the Ngobe people located on the border with Panama, X-Ray 9 will be continuing work on a health post being funded by the British Embassy and Raleigh, providing a much needed public service where vaccination and health programmes can be undertaken from. At the moment members of the community have to walk 7 hours to the nearest doctor and hospital or wait for a visit which only occurs once a month.
Led by PMs Shane, Denise and Marisa: Alex, Marisa, Denise, Greg, Tabs, Angus, Shane, Ollie D, Henry, Nacho, Akalia, Fay, Anouk, Freddie, Katy and Rachel
X-Ray 10, Arenilla, Miraflor, Nicaragua
Undertaking a housing project, completing 6 houses for families in this remote community which is a coffee growing area of Nicaragua. They suffer from adverse weather and have encountered hurricanes. This sustainable housing project uses local materials to build with, ensuring the community can repair their homes when they are damaged.
Led by PMs Dav, Sacha and Sally: Lilly, Dom, Ben J, Sacha, Jaap, Sally, Dav, Emilie, George, Natasha, Emily, Nelson, Amy, Matt, Stella and Ella
Find out more about specific projects through reading the previous blogs by our Alpha Teams from Phase 1. All of our teams have now safely deployed to their projects, it is an incredibly exciting time with a lot of valuable work to be continued. Our Project Comms Officers will be updating us as we go along and we will also be discussing our theme for Phase 2, the celebration of International Women's Day on 8th March.