Mambo – The Arrival of the Volunteer Managers

8th June 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, mambo, As of Saturday, 15E is a full house, with all of our project and fieldbase Volunteer Managers now here. As the bus rolled towards fieldbase, a ripple of excitement could be felt amongst those waiting. A few weary faces were spied peering out of the windows – not surprising after long flights and the bumpy bus journey from Dar es Salaam.  Whether their smiles on emerging from the bus were born out of relief or pure joy remains unclear. Bus Photo 2 Cropped 600 Photo by Kev Evans After an initial round of introductions, we were all were given a demonstration of tippy taps and the three bowl system (we’ll look in detail at these in future blogs). This then lead into a hearty lunch, and rumours were rife that a few people were even harbouring hopes of an afternoon nap. However, as is the Raleigh way, there was no rest for the wicked, and it was straight on to some crucial pieces of admin.  Arrival day involved medical 1-to-1s; securing away valuables; and of course team photographs (miraculously, not a red face in sight). Arriving Group 1 600 v2 Photo by Kev Evans After shaking the sleep from their limbs, Sunday saw our VMs being briefed in a number of key areas. Stepping into the training area, they found out about the placements for this expedition, Raleigh’s strategy, and its rigorous health and safety policies. It provided an essential institutional grounding in Raleigh’s health and safety practices. A final session called Hopes and Fears served to address the concerns that VMs had regarding life at Raleigh and their projects. Down in the Bear Pit 600 v2 Down in the Training Area There’s no opportunity for respite, as the teams dive into the next stage of their intensive training. Rest assured, I’m rolling my sleeves up and joining in. Find out how we all got on in the next instalment, where I’ll be revealing what the training entailed and, crucially, its significance. See you on the other side…