It has been a busy time here at field base over the past few days! First thing Wednesday morning the groups began arriving back, quick to get their kit sorted and cleaned so they could head into Mysore to do some shopping, stock up on food and grab a pizza.
Once everyone was back the night's entertainment of skits began. A very interesting show, but Charlie 1 managed to clinch it by wearing toilet paper underwear whilst singing a song - I'm not entirely sure why, but it was amusing to watch.
|Charlie 2 - going tribal|
Thursday was Graduate day. Sam, one of the Grad's has written how the day kicked off.
"We decided to host a Sporting event to kick of Graduate day. Everyone in their phase teams competed in classic sports day rounds. The sack race set things off, with the venturers all hopping towards the finish line in big bags. It was followed by games such as wheelbarrow races, three legged madness and the classic 100m sprint.
The second half of the events took a slightly more surreal approach with a staring competition. Those who could manage a straight face rose to the challenge of resisting laughter. To conclude we played a game of giant naughts and crosses - everyone watched intently whilst their teammates battled it out on a rather large scale. The events came to an end with Echo 3 being crowned overall champions!"
The afternoon was a relaxed affair, filled with Henna Painting, a local beautician on site to Pamper and massage, a Silver Jewellery stall and the groups all designed and painted their own bench. The day concluded with a BBQ, followed by some, not so traditional, Bollywood dancing!
Friday began with final phase allocations! As everyone knew which project they would be going on, either Community, Environmental, Adventure, or back home for our 7 weekers! Julia distracted all the venturers whilst all the project managers went off to hide around field base. Everyone had to find their PM's, and once finding the correct ones, hide with them.
|Hayley's magical hiding place|
|The new Tango 5|
|A fond farewell to all our 7 weekers! You will all be missed|
Alex, Shiva, Tarik, Devon, Lauren, Donya, Kai, Manpreet and Ashley are joined by Project managers Eleri and Sarah!
Vandana, Jade, Louise, Jacob, Ganeshan, Nick, Dwayne, Shaq and Charlie and joined by Project managers Lindsay and Julia!
Ben, Prasath, Elvis, Katia, Shrida, Emma, Yasmin and Douglas are joined by project managers Sarah and Susan!
|The Echo 3 team before deployment!|
|and Finally, Echo 4!|
Rohith, Struan, Roxanne, Tom, Oli, Jason, Tabby, Najee, Sam and Ram are joined by Jen (Donks!) Catherine and Lou!
All of the groups headed off this morning for their final few weeks! We will be heading out to visit them all next week to see how they are getting on !
|the buses all ready to go!|
|Tango 5 up bright and early to head off on trek|
|Tom and Ben say a sad farewell|
|Tom - raring to go|
|Charlie and Oli|
|Dwayne and Shaq|
|John - the current Field base Medic, with Lindsay who is heading back to Echo 3!|
|Sam heading off to Echo 4!|
|A few of the field base staff|
|Julia and Clare|
Photographs by Christina Ambrose, Clare Fletcher and Elvis