Oh. My. Goodness, this is so exciting to be writing to you from Venezuela. I arrived with the rest of the group from The Leap (Jesse, Joe, Roberta, Emma, Indi and Pip), very late on Monday night. Going from freezing cold in England to 300-plus in Venezuela was a little bit of a shock to say the least, as was the interesting attiude of the staff at Caracas airport to the departure of the ¨6:30¨ flight. As they say in venezuela, mañana!
This past week has been spent getting used to the climate, the people (all amazingly brilliant, despite their unfortunate tendency to refer to us as "helados" or ice creams!), the food (also ridiculously good), and Jakera Lodge where we will be staying for the next five weeks. I¨ll try to get some pictures up asap, so you can have a look at what it's like here. The lodge is about 200m away from an amazing Carribean beach and surrounded by hills covered in jungle.
Other activities have included kayaking out to the island where we will be working at cleaning up the rubbish, having a tour of the village by Brendan (head of Jakera Lodge, local celebrity and international man of mystery), braving the crazy bus journey to Puerto de la Cruz where the internet cafe is, and learning Spanish with Isiasia, who has to take a break every 5 minutes for cigarettes and beer :)
In the coming weeks we will be undertaking our project on Playa Melissa, and trying to spread the message about keeping the beach clean, as well as helping out at the after-school club that the Jakera Lodge runs. But don't worry, I'll try to write again before then!
Love to you all