Saturday, 4 February 2012

Welcome to Raleigh…Host Country and Australian Aborigine Venturers!

Host Country Venturers (local Sabahans and West Malaysians) and Australian Aborigines arrived in Borneo on Sunday, a day earlier than the rest of the Venturers as an opportunity to settle in and meet the volunteer and Project Manager teams.

Smiles all round - Our HCV and Australian Venturers just a few hours after arriving.

The day started with a tour of the ‘bat cave’ aka Fieldbase where the 34 Volunteer Managers and permanent staff welcomed the group with cold drinks and hot food cooked by Loli the fieldbase chef. They then kitted the venturers out with any final bits of jungle equipment and clothing.

Once the mozzie nets, rollmats and anti-malarials were dished out it was time for the Venturers to take a dip in the local Olympic sized swimming pool for a swim capability assessment. An extra friendly team of managers (if it is even possible to be friendlier than the rest of them!) were chosen to look after the Venturers over the two days including; Kim from Expanding Horrizons, Australia, who has a role in the Logs team for this expedition and is accompanying our aborigine venturers, Dan the Trekker, Astrid the Medic, Lorraine from Head Office, Tim the PM for the bio-diversity project, Penny one of the Kindergarten PMs and yours truly, Rachel the Communications Officer.

The pool was without doubt a welcome relief from the heat of the Sabah sun. A quick change, then it was time to head to Basecamp before dark.

We had some great fun cooking dinner with ration packs and splitting the venturers into groups for a masterchef challenge. The project managers then chose their favourite meal and judged each groups recipes with awards for ‘Speediest’, ‘Best vegetarian option’ and ‘Tastiest’. We were wowed by the standard of cooking with Raleigh rations, it’s amazing what you can do with noodles, mock duck and chicken frankfurters!

The next day we helped the logs team pack boxes of rations for the rest of the Venturer's arrival, did some jungle pre-training, made welcome signs and prepared some dances for the arrival of the rest of the Venturers later that day. By 4:30pm the rest of the Venturers arrived and were welcomed to cheers and funky dancing as their coach pulled into Basecamp.

The start of expedition 12A with a full team of Venturers and Volunteer Managers was about to  commence and the excitement bubbled inside each and every one of us.

We can now confirm, all groups have safely deployed to their project sites. Check back with us tomorrow to find out who has gone where and what exactly they will be doing


Jerry Gray said...

Best of luck Borneo-ers. Hope your multi-function tool is working, William Gray.

Melanie said...

Glad to hear that everyone has arrived safely and are getting settled in to the projects. Looking forward to the progress reports

AnnieVee Perth WA said...

Greetings to Expanding Horizons Mob... Hang on tight for the ride of your life.... Much love and respect to my young brothers and sisters from NT Australia. Can't wait to hear and see more. <3 Anne Veenstra xxx

Pen's mum said...

To Penny Patrick, PM

Hello Pen

Great to see your pics in both the new blogs - so exciting to hear that you are putting all that training into action and have headed out for real now. Good luck, have fun and keep singing with Laura! Can't wait for the next installment (thanks Rachel).

Dad is taking the dogs out in the thick snow. I can see a fine snowman next-door, a snowbear (with ears!) over the track, and lots of toboggans.

All our love from Mum and Dad xxx

Lee CK said...

Fishtail's Dad & Mum, Take care & enjoy yourself...our warmest welcome to all to Malaysia & take care you all !!!!!!