Saturday, 9 June 2012

Introducing...the Advanced Volunteer Manager team!

After a gruelling assessment weekend, a rather more relaxed development weekend, months of fundraising and a whole lot of planning the advanced VM team have finally arrived in Borneo! Arriving on 2nd June 2012 and greeted by Mac and Nikki; 10 sweaty, tired people where swiftly brought to Raleigh Fieldbase, a lovely house in the suburbs of Lintas where they got to shower, eat and recover from the long journey!

The advanced VM team are here to get everything prepared for the expedition, including getting the office up and running, organising the logistics and getting medical kits prepared amongst many other things! So here we are, meet the advanced team:

Country Director: Mac

Mac is here to keep us all in shape! He is a permanent staff member here and is in charge of the overall running of the expeditions here in Borneo, maintaining government connections and sourcing sponsors.

Country Programme Manager: Sarah

Sarah is also a permanent staff member and makes sure that Fieldbase is running smoothly and that Project Managers are fully trained and that each project is well supported.

Deputy Programme Manager: Petr

DPM is a volunteer role, and involves supporting the CPM(Sarah) with making sure that all the projects are running smoothly and training VMs. This is Petr's fifth expedition.

Fieldbase Cook: Loli
The lovely Loli is perhaps the most important resident here at Fieldbase- she keeps us all well fed with two delicious meals every day. She is always seen with a bright smile and a few cheerful words and we’re all looking forward to sampling some of her famous cakes!

HCV Recruitment Co-ordinator: Christian

Christian is a permanent member of staff along with Sarah and Mac. Christian's job is to recruit young people from Sabah and support them through their fundraising, preparation and expedition.

Logistics Team: Dan, Karen, Lou and Nikki(left to right)

Nikki is in charge of Logs. as Logistics manager. These guys are currently sorting out all the supplies, ensuring they are safe and accessible, and ready for expedition; an arduous task at the best of times! The logs team will spend lots of their time on the road moving kit to the right people at the right time. The team also supply rations making sure all the venturers and managers have enough to eat.

Admin: Will
Our youngest VM, Will has the responsibility of all things admin! This is a huge task, especially in induction week and involves sorting out phones for VMs to organising forms and payments to arranging visas.

Medics: Emma, Emily and Sheila(left to right)

Currently sorting out medical kits and supplies, one medic will remain at Fieldbase at all times with the other two acting as PM’s on project sites.

Comms: Kate and Vanessa

Vanessa is our photographer and will be supplying you with most of the images you will see on this blog, helping to show you what Raleigh life is like in Borneo.
I am the Communications Officer-and as you’ve probably guessed am in charge of writing and managing this blog and keeping you all up to date. I will also be preparing the End of Expedition magazine and T-shirt. I look forward to seeing all of your comments and passing them on to your loved ones!

And of course, our Fieldbase team would not be complete without mentioning our feline Fieldbase entertainers, Perdi and Pongo!

Now of course a lot of serious work is done at Fieldbase, but we don't want to exhaust ourselves in the first week so (when Mac isn't looking) we allow ourselves a little bit of fun...

The next post will be up in the next few days when we welcome to Project Managers to Fieldbase!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Expedition 12D has officially started!

Selamat Datang (Welcome) to our blog about Raleigh Borneo 12 D & I expeditions! For the next 3 months this blog will be the place to read about all the updates from our project sites, treks and Fieldbase. We hope that our stories, photos and videos will give you an insight to Raleigh life in Borneo!

This blog is a tool to allow you to keep in touch with your loved ones while they are out in rural communities, on trek and in the jungle, where technology and modern communication are pretty useless! So please feel free to send us your comments and questions.

This is how it works:
• Any comments posted by family and friends will be printed out and taken to the respective volunteers on the project sites. Please don’t forget to put the name of the volunteer you would like the message to go to along with the name of the project they are on in your correspondence.
• The comments are posted on the blog after they have been moderated by the Comms Officer so they do not always appear straight away.
• We will also put messages from the volunteers to their family and friends on the blog.
• Please remember this is a public blog. More personal messages can be posted via letter or email Head Office, which we will deliver personally.
For instructions on how to post your comments please see the right hand side of the blog.

Any questions? Let me know! My name is Kate and I will be writing and managing this blog. We are looking forward to a lively exchange of lovely messages!