31st January 2015
The ‘Bear Pit’ is where the training happens at field base. Less intimidating than the name suggests, it’s set up like a miniature amphitheatre with cushion covered rock shelves and a heavy weight tarpaulin roof to provide much needed shade from the relentless sunshine. Inside the pit today was an atmosphere of excited tension as the Volunteer Managers gathered expectantly to find out who would be heading where for their first project phase.
In the coming week our team will head out to their project sites - some taking more than a day to reach - to meet the local community, carry out assessments, and lead the way for our eager venturers to arrive in earnest a week later.
This spring in Tanzania sees Raleigh’s expedition groups working across four main project sites, which we will hear more about from each team once they return from their Project Planning Visits (PPV’s). For now, lets take a look at the volunteer manager teams heading out on Phase 1.
Leadership Trekking in Iringa:
Paul Davis - Trek Leader
Jenny Randall - Trek Medic
Project Miganga - Community Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Beth Grainger - Project Manager
Sylvia Withal - Project Manager
Emma Mulholland - Project Manager
Project Chibe: Community Resilience - Access to Education
Vicky Lunn - Project Manager
Asaf Mbawala - Project Manager
Zoe Long - Medic/Project manager
Project Bassadowish: Community Resilience - Access to Education
Janet Mihayo - Project Manager
Tom Gray - Project Manager
Flick Hughes - Medic/Project Manager
Field Base Medic Team
Sarah Blakey - Medic
Lisa Bryson - Medic
While our team heads out across Tanzania on their PPV’s the field base team will continue their hard work supporting the expedition, in particular the Logistics team who have been working hard over the past week to make sure everything from tent poles to coffee is checked and allocated. The In-country staff have also been hard at work sorting transport and support needs as our Volunteer Managers get their first chance to get on the ground with their projects and get started.