This week was our last week in Siem Reap, a place which had become our home for the past 6 weeks. Dave, Aidan and Elijah had requested Monday off to watch the Superbowl, so we all got the day off. No one except the Americans actually got up at 5.30 to watch the game, so… Read More


I think it’s safe to say our adventure week lived up to everyone’s adrenaline-seeking expectation! We kicked the week off in Quilotoa, a quaint village right on the edge of a crater lake. Our first day was spent hiking down to the water and kayaking, which proved to be a lot easier said than done… Read More


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