Friday, 15 October 2010

Thanks for your messages!

Thanks for your messages on the blog and on twitter, they are on the way to the 10J team who are getting their kit and food ready for tomorrow.

Now it's time for you to get writing. The static teams will receive a visit from the loop in the middle of phase, and with them they will bring re-supplies, the blog and snail-mail - you know, the old fashioned way of staying in touch! 

If your letter doesn't arrive in time for the loop then it should arrive in time for changeover. We find that the more snail mail we receive, the more popular we feel, so send your love here: 

PO Box 14182,
88848 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia

Hear from you soon!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Training's almost over!

With all the venturers safely arrived at the training camp, it’s time to set the jet lag aside while the hard work begins!  But first, we need to get to know each other.

Names learned, it’s down to business.  First things first: remembering to stay hydrated in the tropical heat.

And then there are numerous new skills to be learned, from campcraft to CPR, radios to river crossings...

... before heading off for the first glimpse of Borneo’s beautiful jungle.

Remember those three bowls?  It seems we take them everywhere with us!

Time to put the new skills into practice.
But it’s not all about work!   As well as acquiring all those new skills, there’s a lot of fun to be had, teams to be built and friends to be made.

Well, it’s the last night at our jungle training camp and the question on the venturers’ minds as they settle down for one last night in their hammocks (for now), is which project will they be assigned to, and who will they be working with.   Check back at the weekend to find out!

Send us your messages!

Hello everyone!

It's a sunny day four of training here in Borneo, and the venturers have been busy learning essential skills for expedition. More news and pictures on training soon from Paula, our communications officer, but first, TWO very important announcements!

First Announcement
The groups will be deploying at the break of dawn on the 16th October (less than two days away) so why not send us a send-off message!

You have until UK time - 11.00am Friday morning or Malaysian time - 6.00pm Friday evening to get your messages in and this will give us time to post your messages up for the 10J to read before deploying the next morning.

Second Announcement
We've notice some double and even triple messaging going on in the comment section, and this is probably because your comments don't appear on the comments page immediately.

Our communications team are required to moderate comments before they can be published so when you click on "Publish Your Comment" the window will refresh and you will see a message saying "Your comment has been saved and will be visible after blog owner approval." This means your comment has been entered and is waiting for moderation. We check the blog regularly for comments so it will take no more than two days for your comments to appear. We understand the anticipation and appreciate your patience!

We love hearing from you so keep your messages coming.



Monday, 11 October 2010

The expedition has begun!

We are delighted to announce that Expedition 10J has now officially begun, with the arrival of the first group of venturers.
A Raleigh expedition offers participants a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural exchange, bringing together venturers from multiple continents.  First to arrive were our host country venturers, a group of 14, comprising Malaysians from both Sabah and peninsula Malaysia.
Next, we were pleased to welcome our Australian contingent.  This group of six joins us from Bridging the Gap, a development organisation based in Western Australia.

 The hard work has begun straight away for our Malaysian and Australian venturers.  After a quick kit check and one last home-cooked meal, they have headed off to the training camp, where  they will be joined by  the another 74 venturers joining us from the UK, France and the Netherlands. 

But first, we have to work out how to cram all the kit into the bus!

Check back in a few days to see how the venturers enjoy their first taste of the jungle.