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

Latest 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.

11 Aug 2014 10:30, 4 months, 1 week ago

Andean Expedition - Time to Breathe!

Three weeks summarised in a couple of paragraphs, here we go!

Three weeks in and we've done so much and covered so many miles.  Visiting the Quest Villa Maria project in Lima was really eye opening and great to see the impact that the project is having. After exploring Lima and visiting ballestas Islands we travelled to went to Huacachinera in he desert. The landscape was stunning especially the view after climbing up the huge sand dune behind the hostel. We raced around the dunes in a sand buggy and tried our hand at sand boarding, with mixed results!

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6 Aug 2014 11:52, 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Latest News from our Malawi Summer Team

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

Achimuene!

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.

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

News from the Bolivian Jungle

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!

Aims:

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

Introduction:

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.

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28 Jul 2014 11:33, 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Villa Maria Summer Team - still working hard

Thanks to Alex for our latest update

Day 5: Today was our first day of construction. We are building a house for a single mother and her son who has severe hip problems. The cost of his six operations has made the family very poor and for the last 15 years they have lived in a house made of cardboard that lets rain in. The sad reality is that they live near the top of huge hill strewn with rubble that is difficult to climb. We are all really excited to get started.

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