Hi again all,
Now been in Venezuela for nearly three weeks, so it feels like I pretty much live here now! This past week and a bit we finished our project on Arapo Island by picking up the rubbish, building and installing the bin and noticeboard, and giving our presentation.
The bin and noticeboard are absolute works of art, courtesy of our amazing design team (Indi and Pip) and construction team (Joe and Jesse), although we pretty much all got involved somewhere along the way. The noticeboard pretty much details our work on the project, with some before and after photos to show the difference. The bin is designed to rest on two poles so you just have to swing it to get the rubbish out. Indi painted the most amazing design of trees on the front and I was allowed to write 'Viva la vida' on the back! All those handwriting lessons at Junior school did count for something! Both were installed on Friday; we took all the equipment out in a boat (thank God we didn't have to kayak!) along with Manuel, the resident builder at Jakera. To be honest I think he probably would have got it done quicker without us, but never mind!
Throughout the rest of the week we worked on our presentation for the local school, all in Spanish I might add! It was based around a short role play, starring Joe as the fish and Emma as the Iguana, who tell the children to clean up the beach - stellar bits of acting all round! We performed on Wednesday morning to an appreciative, if slightly confused-looking audience!
The other big event of this week was Roberta's birthday. We all made her a massive banner and a birthday card, and then celebrated in style with a party on Saturday. The theme was 'Ladies' Night' and a LOT of glitter was involved. Oh, and we all got the chance to practise the merenge, which Brendon and Josie had taught us on Wednesday evening. Que emocionante!
Coming up this week....Jakera Club!