On Tuesday morning we travelled to Jane Olevolo’s Orphan Centre, the orphanage we’d visited in the first few days in Arusha. Here we began work planting a vegetable garden; this involved hoeing the soil, picking out weeds, creating shallow holes and putting ground nuts into each hole. It was a messy process (as we laboured… Read More


Sorry I’ve skipped a week of writing, but illnesses have been getting the best of us here in Ecuador! The spiralling wheel of sickness started with everyone’s favorite vegan, Luisa, who was diagnosed with a parasite on our first day here in the Andes. Tori was the next victim a few days later with a… Read More


Last weekend a few of us went to Battanbang for a night. I was supposed to go but I ended up not feeling well that morning. Those who went said that they really enjoyed the Bamboo train and watching the sunset from the caves. The rest of us who did not go to Battanbang stayed… Read More


On Thursday we embarked on a cycle tour of Lake Manyara National Park. We bid farewell to Sara, who wisely steered clear of the bicycles, and (after some initial difficulties) set off. Emerging into the National Park for the first time was very surreal; it was definitely a unique experience being so exposed to nature.… Read More


On the Sunday, after Rose’s birthday, we went to the local hostel – Funky Flashpackers – to make use of their swimming pool which has a volleyball net. Later on we went to get our first western meal at a wood-fire pizza restaurant… as you can imagine every plate was practically licked clean – pizza… Read More


 After an exciting few days exploring Mulu National Park we were back to work.  Though we’d recently finished a week of hard labor, many of us articulated that we were actually more nervous for the upcoming project: teaching English. The school we helped is run by Borneo Child Aid, an organization that provides education to… Read More


This week, we moved our efforts to Bluebell Primary School, where we started on the painting and decorating of two classrooms. For some of us, painting ceilings did not come naturally (the paint stains on Bella and my clothes will forever remind us of our failure) whilst others, notably Pip and Savannah, remained remarkably unscathed.… Read More