“This is a community wanting to improve their lives and very willing and eager for our help. In a short time one volunteer can obviously do a limited amount but if you keep building on the previous work then hopefully much can be accomplished. Their needs are great and even small steps can make a difference”.(Sheri – Big Beyond volunteer Jan-Feb 2012)
Full of amazing experiences and positive Big Beyond Ethiopia developments during the recent venture back to the South Omo with the Hamer tribe. Blew me away just as much as the last time. It’s all progressing well and we’re so eager to get started! Just continuing to climb a few hills of bureaucracy first – nearly there : ) Going to share a few pics from the trip and some snapshot experiences here for now.
Sarah and Jenn were actually a bit quiet (for them) half way through the journey to our volunteer site in Uganda which made me a bit concerned. It was their first time visiting here. “What was up?!” But they were totally blown away by the stunning journey to the Big Beyond Uganda site. Relief. It is a very amazing drive through hundreds of green hills and valleys, past lakes, little villages and excited kids and then to sweeping views of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
… making the volunteer house cosier, exploring the wilderness of Liwonde and Xmas spirited journeys towards next stop Uganda!
Ok whoops bit of a big delay for the blog updates. Just emerging from a seriously busy but exciting time with Big Beyond developments out in Africa and, a little challenged without modern communication and normal power luxuries for a while – I may have given up on the blog for a bit! But a few notes and pics to share of the recent trip coming up …
Met with some of the tourism heads from Awasa and the region, and Sedeka from Arba Minch had also come to the meeting so it was good to see him again. I couldn’t face my tent that night so asked if I could rent a single room but they only had doubles left.
Discussions, presentations, new ideas, wandering villages under the African sun and getting even more organised. Sarah and myself spent this week having loads of meetings with Big Beyond’s local partner projects, schools, the government and communities we’re working with.
Liwonde National Park is most certainly home to big African elephants. I ventured out in a canoe with a couple of people along a tributary of the Shire River towards the lagoon in the middle of the wilderness last weekend. Stunning.
I’m now back in the land of Africa and love the fact that I still get the excited butterflies of exploring this amazing part of the world each and every time I travel here.
Ohhhh to return to Bwindi was inspiring as ever. Driving through the extremely green hills, valleys and villages to reach sweeping views of the forests are unbeatable and to sit and watch clouds emerge from the sea of trees in front on your eyes makes it all very alive and simply amazing.
This is a very delayed post I know as I’ve now been back in the UK busy setting up Big Beyond since late June but Big Beyond Malawi was definitely confirmed as another exciting destination for us to get to work on! Thought I should sum up a few things about the trip there earlier this year.