Welcome to the official blog for Raleigh India 12I | July - August 2012

Welcome to the Official Blog for Raleigh India 12J September - December 2012.

Saturday 17 December 2011

The end. Well for 11J anyway.

So the Venturers have gone and now it’s the turn of the Field Base staff and VMs.

The last few days have been spent making sure that we leave Field Base looking spick and span for the next group, so out came the marigolds and with a final burst of energy and elbow grease we cleaned, we scrubbed, we mopped, we dusted, we picked up litter and it’s almost like we’ve gone back in time to late September when we all arrived. Well almost!

In between all the hard work we have obviously found time to relax and celebrate the success of the expedition, culminating in yesterday's Awards Night, where VMs and Field Base staff were asked to propose awards for their peers and these were collected and the best three were chosen. Andy dressed up as Santa and had Hannah as his little elf helper to deliver the awards and much hilarity ensued as everyone tried to guess the recipients before they were announced based on the title of the award. And most were right! So the awards were obviously deserved!

And so we come to today. Lee cooked up an awesome fry-up this morning (sans bacon and sausage sadly) which went down a treat and then it was packing and tent cleaning. The group will now travel to Young Island (just outside Mysore) for the night on their way to Bangalore airport. We have our staff party tonight and then final farewells tomorrow as some are staying on to enjoy more of India’s amazing scenery and hospitality.

I’m sure I speak on behalf of all those left here when I say it’s been an amazing journey and one which we are all glad to have taken together. Thanks for reading and for your support and please spread the word about Raleigh so that your friends and family can find out more about the organisation and how they can get involved in the good work we do and join the ever-growing family of alumni who have been on expedition.

This is Field Base listening out...


  1. Judith and Alex Davidson19 December 2011 at 14:41

    Thank you to all at FB for your work in telling us about all of the projects. Best wishes

  2. Quirine Potter van Loon20 December 2011 at 23:02

    To the Raleigh staff, India, 11J
    We would like to thank you for all the blog updates throughout the 10 weeks and all the hard work for the venturers as well as India. We hope to see Albertine on Amsterdam airport on the 24th, so our christmas table will be the place to share all the stories and impressions from this expedition. We wish you all a lovely christmas and happy new year. Mark and Quirine Potter van Loon