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Happy Birthday Georgina

Today we climbed up Sanje Falls in Udzungwa National Park and swam in the waterfall at the top. The water was freezing but after the long, hot, steep climb most of the team were more than happy to swim. After swimming several of the team were invested – a stunning setting for it!
We got back to Hondo Hondo campsite just after four and the brave souls that wanted to help to dispatch a chicken for dinner set off to choose one at the local chicken farm.
Deed done and dinner was made, we sat and ate our delicious dinner. Then for pudding we surprised Georgina with a birthday cake, a small pressie and an email from her parents. Happy Birthday was sung – she’s going to have to go a long way to beat this experience!!

Project work

Internet connection is really rubbish, sorry for the lack of posts! Also not able to post any photos at the moment.

The past few days have been hard work at our main site – Udzungwa Primary School. We’ve thrown hundreds of bricks, mixed lots of concrete, put together shuttering, used our brick laying skills to build a wall, shifted hardcore and have entertained the school children with our ‘talents’.
The local villagers have been lovely – cooking us lunch, drumming, singing, giving us sugar cane and dancing to show their appreciation.
Tomorrow is a rest day from project work, we are climbing to the top of a waterfall! Everybody is having an amazing time and enjoying all the new experiences.

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Project work has begun!

Sorry for the lack of posts, but internet connection is rubbish!

It has been a busy couple of days at Udzungwa Primary School. We’ve thrown hundreds of bricks, mixed lots of concrete, put together shuttering for beams, used our brick laying skills to build a wall and have entertained the school children with our ‘talents’. The local villagers have been lovely – cooking us lunch, drumming, singing, giving us sugar cane and dancing to show their appreciation.
We’re all having an amazing time, still lots of hard work and experiences to be had…

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Morogoro

We stayed in a hotel in Morogoro last night as we wouldn’t get to the National Scout campsite before dark.
We visited the site this morning instead, where we met 6 Tanzania Scouts who showed us around and enjoyed a sing song with us. The last two years of learning the Tanzania national anthem (in Swahili!) paid off!
It was then time to drive to our project site, going through Mikumi National park. We saw lots of animals including giraffe, zebra, vultures, antelope and warthogs, a great taster for our safari at the end of the trip. The hard work starts tomorrow…

Bricklaying with the Tanzania team

The last camp!

Only 37 sleeps to go and we are off  to Tanzania.
So this weekend we brushed up on our bricklaying skills and attempted to build a temporary shower.
On Saturday we spent the day fundraising in the Ashley Centre, encouraging shoppers to buy our lucky envelopes – everyone was a winner! – and bag packing in M&S. The people of Epsom were amazingly generous and we raised an fantastic amount of money to add to our already phenomenal sum. This team is genuinely amazing!!
Sunday’s most important task was deciding on which was best: custard cream or bourbon sandwich spread. Bourbon definitely won but neither lived up completely to their name!

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‘The scouts were out of this world!’

This was a quote from the Reigate and Banstead Countryside Ranger that we worked during our last team building camp.

As part of the camp we wanted the scouts (and leaders) to experience some hard work, whilst also helping out others. In order to achieve this we organised to work with a couple of Countryside Rangers to clear and area of Rhododendron ponticum in Banstead Woods; an invasive plant in our semi natural ancient woodlands which shades out understorey native flora, reducing the overall biodiversity of these precious habitats.

The scouts worked extremely hard and didn’t let up in their efforts, enthusiasm or humour for a minute and we cut, shifted and burnt a huge area in the 4 hours that we were there.

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