Tuesday, 20 January 2009


A big Kopivosian (or 'welcome' in the ethnic Kadazan language) to the Fieldbase team who arrived at Fieldbase last Thursday!

They were given a quick tour of Fieldbase by Deputy Programme Manager Amy Holmes and then got cracking immediately - we got the Chinese New Year decorations out and adorned Fieldbase with red lanterns and paper pineapples to get into the festive mood of the upcoming Chinese New Year. 

Fieldbase - the heart of Raleigh Borneo. 

All decked out for the season.

Introducing the Fieldbase team for Borneo Expedition 09B: 

All the way from South Africa is Elda who is in charge of Finance, with Jim our Country Director and Mac, the Country Programme Manager. 

Val, our administrator and Amy, 09B's Deputy Programme Manager working on visa applications.

Here is Val again, unloading supplies from one of our Bravos. 

Our specially recruited high speed doctor, Simon busily preparing the medical kits 

Once again our high speed doc is enlisted to change a tire, the rubber nearly melted.

Steph, our sole logistics staff, showing us she only needs two index fingers to get the job done.  

Mac and Yolanda, the Recruitment, Support and Media Coordinator. Yolanda also doubles as the communications officer for 09B.

Dave our snap-happy photographer and his trusty camera.

Back for the second time in a row is volunteer manager Sarah Young. Sarah was a volunteer manager for the 08H expedition last year (as was our DPM Amy) and loved it so much she came back for more! 

Sarah is back in Borneo, and gleeful about it!

The team is currrently working hard in preparation for the arrival of the rest of the volunteer managers this Thursday on the 22nd January and venturers on the 7th February. 

In the next post, we will introduce you to the rest of the team of 09B. Be very excited!