15 Aug 2014 11:58, 4 months ago

Villa Maria Team - Final week at the project

The final 10 days for our guys at the project in Lima, and they certainly made the most of it!

Day 17
Flower Power was the theme of today. We got ready for our Hippy style fair in the morning only to have a change of plans, if Peru has taught us it´s to be flexible...and patient! So instead of having the fair in the morning we installed the door and filmed at the second house in our hippie costumes and face paint. Then we distributed flyers for the fair due to start an hour later. But it was worth it for the best turn out we´ve had for a Saturday fair so far, although it did get a bit hectic. At the end there was a rush to get prizes and Pato was swamped with tiny people.

Day 18
A wonderful day for food, thanks to Alex, Hannah and Holly! Pancakes for breakfast with Dulce Deleche (caramel spread) and bananas and kiwis. Pizza bread for lunch. We had an amusing time attempting to make hats for the Country dance but they turned out well in the end. Edgar´s teenage hip hop dancers put us all to shame at the show that night with perfect timing and back flips.


11 Aug 2014 13:46, 4 months, 1 week ago

Hello from Malawi!

Hello from Malawi!!

Almost into our last week of Malawi and we are all still having an amazing time! We have almost finished refurbishing the feeding centre and its kitchen and the boys have been keeping up their carpentry skills with refurbishing the desks for the primary school. The villagers are extremely friendly and always try their best with speaking English to us and trying to teach us Chichewa as well. Ida is cooking us some traditional African dishes such as nsima, veg and kidney beans and even being treated to mandasi which has been going down a treat.

Last Sunday we climbed Michiru Mountain, so an early start was in order to climb to the peak before the hot midday sun was out. The climb was tiring but the view at the top was completely worth it with a stunning bird's eye view of Blantyre and other villages – we could even see Chilingani in the distance! This week has mainly consisted of painting and liming the feeding centre and in our spare time creating educational posters on important issues such as: HIV/AIDS, health and hygiene, Malaria and the benefits of staying in school.

The plan for next week is to spend the first few days decorating the interior of the feeding centre with things such as the alphabet and numbers and then rounding off the end of the week and our time in Malawi with a trip to Lake Malawi for a relaxed few days before flying back home.

6 Aug 2014 11:52, 4 months, 1 week ago

Achimuene! from our Malawi Summer team

Thanks to Liz Munday for her update from Malawi, keep up the great work guys.


Having finished our stay in Chillingani, we have just arrived in Pensulo. It was very sad to say goodbye to all of the wonderful children we got on so well with, and the rest of the community, but we have made great memories. We finished building the foundations and walls of the new headteacher's office and staffroom after much hard work and lots of fun and laughter, this was a great achievement. We hope it will be a huge benefit to the teachers.


5 Aug 2014 16:32, 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Villa Maria Team - week two, house two


Thanks Becca (Quinn) for another great update from the guys working hard in Lima:

Day 11
It was time to perform again! After a few more days of practice we felt more prepared for our next routines in groups of 2 and 3 with dances ranging from disco to mambo. The show went well everybody getting their most difficult moves spot on! Though some feel their dignity went out the window a while back but the audience seemed to enjoy it! The grand finale, after the scores were revealed, was finding out our new dances. Look forward to seeing dances on the theme of salsa, country, rock and roll and cumbia. When we got back home we rewarded ourselves, or should we say Alex and Iza did, with Kladdkaka (a swedish gooey, yummy chocolate cake).


28 Jul 2014 11:44, 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Latest from our Bolivia Team

Unfortunately jungle internet connection is preventing us from getting any photos for our team in Bolivia. This latest update from Laura Pike however is a pretty good illustration in itself!

Quest trip to The Pampas and travel to Ambue!


1.       Two days of relaxing after 5 full on days on construction
2.       To spot as many animals as possible
3.       To travel to Ambue Ari


After a few hard days work on construction we were all looking forward to a couple of days off. The Pampas is an area of lowlands in South America consisting of rivers and jungle habitats.