Monday 27 October 2008
Sunday 26 October 2008
Alpha three have bonded so well they now call
themselves a family. They all sing along together and have a good laugh to help motivate each other through the tougher times of the trek and reportedly "I Will Survive" has become a favourite!
The group have had visitors from Field Base come out on a loop and after hellos and big hugs they enjoyed a rest day. The Loop Team brought a mini shop where the group could treat themselves to some fizzy drinks and chocolate, which was very well deserved!
On their rest day they group got to sleep in until 9:00 which was a right treat as their normal wake up is 4:30! This was a day when the group sat together and chatted, washed some clothes and wrote letters home.
In their own words Alpha Three are "all dirty, sweaty and smelly.
In pain, sore and blistered. But all doing well."
The group have enjoyed cooking over open fires and trangias and following a shopping trip they acquired a live chicken which was prepared by the iron stomached Richie! A big chicken stew was created and the group were delighted to have meat back in their diet!
The group ventured through leech infested areas and they would like to thank Project Manager Zoe and team member Karl for taking a leeching for the team!
Saturday 25 October 2008
Thursday 23 October 2008
The group have made rapid progress on the work sites and are confident that they’ll complete their target of 15 Eco-Sanitation units by the end of phase 1.
In the words of Alpha 1:
Sam: "Love you all!"
Thomas: "URGENT! Am on the wrong expedition, Spanish phrase book so far ineffective. Please send Rupees, Pesos not accepted. Hope people are getting my letters, if you don’t write back I might just stay!”
Wednesday 22 October 2008
This Saturday sees the arrival of Alpha 4 to Raleigh India and the excitement is mounting! Alpha 4 is one of our Bespoke Programmes and will consist of 12 students from Henry Compton Boys School.
Project Manager Sean aka Elvis and PRO Suze went to visit the community to complete the final planning for the project ahead.
The group will work alongside a rural community in the village of Telugu Massahali to build sanitation units for 16 individual families. Some preparation work has been completed in the village and the community is very excited about working alongside the group, particularly after the success of a previous project carried out by Welling School on our last expedition in Kandegala, 3km away.
As the participants will be in the village during Diwali - or locally known as Dipali they will stay in the local school.
The children of the village are very friendly - a little shy at first but I'm sure they will want to play lots of games. There will also be an opportunity for the group to participate in some of the festivities in the evening times and to really get to know the community members.
Sunday 19 October 2008
The group have exceeded all expectations of the local masons and have already dug out the foundations for the Anti Poaching Camp. A large steep hill leads up to the work site and the group yesterday carried the big rocks needed in order to fill the foundations today.
The group are staying in a Forest Guest House inside the boundary of the National Park where they will live alongside the Forest Rangers and staff. This is 40 minutes from the worksite and yesterday Project Manager Zoe along with Aime and Jayesh had a trip to the local village of Hediyala. During the last Raleigh Inida expedition a group of ventureres lived in this village and constructed 25 rain water harvesting units.
Here the group shopped for tools for the work site and of course a birthday surprise for Andy!! As this evening is our first broadcast of Radio Raleigh we will play a special song request for Andy from his Alpha group but if anybody at home wants to send him a birthday message please leave a posting!!!
Wednesday 15 October 2008
Trek underway the groups wander through some forestry owned land around the base of the Chamundi Hills.
In the evening the groups set up camp together where they learn oodles of new information - and get creative cooking noodles in trangiers. They also learn about the best place to dig a long drop (outside loo!) and slops pit - not anywhere near the tents!
Still going strong the following morning...
Temple at the top of Chamundi Hill where the groups took a rest break, got to meet local people and admire and learn more of the culture.
Sunday 12 October 2008
Saturday 11 October 2008
And once all the volunteers had been rounded up, in true Raleigh style we road tripped back to field base in Mysore for a welcome party and straight into the action.
There's no rest for the wicked, soon after the welcome party the venturers were preparing for a dip in the local pool and undertake a swim test. Over the next four days the guys will learn vital skills to prepare them for the adventures ahead.