17KL Volunteer Manager training: Practice Trek and Allocations

19th June 2017


Practice Trek

The team started out bright and early with an intro to trek from logistics manager Nicki. We were introduced to each piece of kit we would be carrying and then the items were distributed evenly amongst the team. After a lesson in how to correctly wear a rucksack, we divided into two groups and set off 15 minutes apart.
Jenny, Julia and Lisa work together to set up the practice washing up station
During the trek, we came across a river and had to brainstorm the safest ways to cross. Forming a line, we safely crossed holding on to the person in front.
Esther and Lewis study the route map and GPS coordinates
For lunch we had our first taste of ‘Raleigh Rations’ which consisted of crackers, tuna, sardines, nuts and banana chips, which surprisingly filled us up and fueled us for the rest of the hike. After lunch we practiced assembling the tents before dealing with a ‘medical emergency’.
The group learning how to assemble the tents
Team medic Julia ‘fell over and broke her foot’, triggering a practice medical emergency. We had to work together and use the training we received throughout the week to assist the patient. This was a brilliant test of team work and it was great to be able to put into practice what we had learnt during induction. After communicating with Vanessa back at fieldbase we had to get Julia out to the road. Working together, with medic Jenny and trek leader Lewis leading the way, we stretchered Julia to ‘a waiting car’. Executing the casevac successfully was a great end to a brilliant day on trek. We can’t wait for the real thing now!


17KL Volunteer Managers wait to hear who they will be allocated with for the first phase
The following day, after much anticipation, the groups received their phase one allocations. After allocations, the new teams had to work together to create a catapult and had the opportunity to egg expedition deputy operations manager (DOM) Fanuel, much to the enjoyment of the other DOMs. The new teams had a few days to get to know one another better before they headed out on their project planning visits.
Fanuel in protective gear, ready to act as a target for the newly allocated VM teams
So, let’s meet the Phase One teams:

Alpha 1, Trek – Lutufyo, Esther and medic Julia

Esther, Julia and Lutufyo brainstorm ideas for their egg throwing contraption

Alpha 3, Natural Resource Management (Ikaning’ombe) – Lewis and Kisare

Lewis and Kisare work with ICS medic Emily during the slingshot challenge

Delta 1, WASH (Mlanga) – Linzie, Kabula and medic Rachel

Rachel, Kabula and Linzie get their chance to try out their creation

Delta 2, WASH (Nyamwezi) – Raymond and Lynda

Lynda and Raymond set up the perfect shot

What’s next:

Thursday 22nd June: Teams return from PPV Monday 26th June: The venturers arrive Friday 30th June: Teams depart for their projects To keep up to date with expedition please subscribe to the blog below. Words Alice and Rosie. Photos Rosie.