Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 17, 2009

Rob’s thoughts on his trip to India

Rob-Well its been absolutely amazing. Its been one of the most eyeopening life changing experience I’ve ever had and if I had the chance to do it again I certainly wouldn’t say no. the friends I’ve made and the bond we’ve all shared is like family. I see everyone as my brothers and sisters here we started as a team we ended as a team we depart as a team. Everyone knows who we are we are, West Sussex and nothing will break the bond we all made on this experience THANK YOU EVERYONE.

Taking a break

Taking a break

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Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 17, 2009

Trekking pictures and videos!

Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 17, 2009

Scott’s trekking Experience

Scott- Today is the last time I am writing on the blog as it is are last day here, this experience has been so amazing. Trekking was so good, we went for 3 days and it was a incredible. The language barrier between us and the rangers was difficult to communicate but they showed us the rite way. The first day was the hardest as we trekked from 8 in the morning till 9 at night. We were meant to go on till 3 but it took so long, It was so hard as I carried a lot of weight but we all managed to get through it, I didn’t think I was going to make it but when I got to the final destination I felt like I had made such a good achievement. The 2nd day our group got dropped of at a village near by where they welcomed us so nicely and gave us a place to stay and chill. We didn’t trek on the 2nd day as we were so tired so we had the day off and chilled at the village. The next morning was independents day and the village we were at invited us to there ceremony for it and said how they felt so privileged to have us there. The 3rd day we left the village at 10 and made our way back to the camp. Its been an amazing trip and experience.

Indian Independance day

Indian Independance day

Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 17, 2009

Thoughts from the last few days from the Staff in India.

Another fantastic week and hard to believe that it is nearly over. It has been challenging, tough, and emotional week for all but we have all got through it and every one has risen to the challenge. It started last Sunday with a great celebration event at CTRD with both villages trekking up to the base to give an afternoon of dance, speeches, handing out gifts, and general celebration of our achievements. Both Whiskey 1 and 2 did ten minute performances to the crowd with Beth, Rob, Ella, and Scott giving speeches to a large audience about their experience. A vibrant, colourful afternoon with everyone in their Saris and doughties with a sense of pride and satisfaction. It was certainly a proud moment and afternoon particularly with the young people that spoke which culminated in some of the group joining the Indian lads in a rendition of Chica Chica Boom Boom!!

The project work slowed down a bit but Whiskey 2 managed to complete three toilets and we have been assured the others will be completed within the next week. An opening ceremony with the villagers of Ellamana on Tuesday cutting ribbons and lighting candles with everyone being presented with flower garlands and silk scarfs. An emotional afternoon with the realisation of what we had achieved and the difference we had made really sinking in. Lots of tears followed by a lunch of Chicken and rice with the villagers. Half way through it suddenly dawned on the group that there weren’t so many chickens running around the village than the previous two weeks!!!!!!!!!!

It was hard to break up the original Whiskey 2 on Tuesday and form new Trekking Groups. On Wednesday we set off in separate coaches to out Trek. A five hour journey but some fantastic views of mountains and towns, and villages. The new Whiskey 2 Trek group had a mammoth first day walking for 12 hours up over a mountain higher than Ben Nevis. We all struggled at various times during the day and it really was a slog at times. Getting to the top was a great achievement and the views were well worth it. Once we actually reached our destination at 8.30 p.m. in the dark it waqs a great moment of relief and sense of achievement. It trully was a mammoth Trek day and we did need a day off on the second day. Due to this we changed our plans and camped at a School where we got involved in their Independence Day celebrations raising and saluting the flag, and having Breakfast. A unique experience. Following this we headed off for our Trek day. A great surge and push from the group up the mountain, cutting through undergrowth at times enabled us to reach the top in good time. We could see the end point from the top of the mountain which helped but we still had a trek to get their. It was a great walk across the top but the drop down was hard again cutting through undergrowth but once we got to the plains it was satisfying and again rewarding. A long walk in to the village rewarded by bottles of fanta and coke for the group. Unfortunately we didn’t see any big animals on the Trek but did see lots of insects and leaches which caused great entertainment!! Fantastic effort from everyone and I am sure the sense of achievement and memories will be long lasting.

Heading off on Trek

Heading off on Trek

A night at camp with all 3 trek groups camping together followed by coach journey to Mysore early the next morning to Fieldbase. A brand new coach picked us up! An interesting afternoon shopping in Mysore with groups being harassed by people selling bracelets etc. Manic City with cows, tut tuts, people, very vibrant and chaotic. As a reward we were taken to Pizza Hut in the evening after we visited the Palace all lit up. Unfortunately it was raining but it looked fantastic. Pizza was lovely but most couldn’t eat it all as stomachs had shrunk and not used to the bread! The evening finished with singing and dancing with all the Pizza Hut workers joining in and a toast to the group from the Raleigh Staff.

It really has been an experience of a lifetime and a great opportunity for everyone. They should all be proud of what they have achieved and the way they have thrown themselves in to the whole project. There has naturally been some highs and lows but everyone should look back and be proud.

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace

Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 17, 2009

Ella’s Thoughts on her trek.

Hello everyone , its Ella last ever blog  message, ahhh coming home tomorrow not long now cant wait. The trek was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done. The first day I thought I can’t even do this, hiking uphill all day with 25 kilos on my back, but when we got to the watch tower to sleep oh my life the view was amazing. You could see for miles.

The second day we went through forest’s infested with leeches! it was tough but having a break on the rocks with a waterfall trickling down was superb. At the end of the day we had no water so some of us had to walk more to get water so Chris, Steve, Chris and I trekked an extra 4 km to get water for the team! The last day was through a forest, uphill downhill and we saw all sorts of views it was amazing. We had lunch at a rural village with a few homes and fields of crops. Arriving at field base on Sunday was a dream, we got to go into Mysore which was incredibly hectic but good.  A man with a cobra in a basket stalked us along the road and we saw a funeral parade through the street on a flower covered throne! Was so weird to see that’s how they celebrate someones life.

We finished the day with a pizza hut! Which was amazing we all had a great time and danced with all the waiters after. Today we went up 1001 steps to a temple and back down 1001, the market and views at the top were well worth it. Its all been amazing…

trekking in india

trekking in india

Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 17, 2009

Sophie and Poppy’s views on Pizza hut and trekking

Sophie- Today’s our last day! last night was amazing. We all went to pizza hut. We all had cheesy garlic bread for starters and then we had our main course which was pizza. I had a margarita it was gorgeous. I have really missed eating English foods. Near the end of the night the workers of pizza hut turned up the music up and we all started dancing. We also had drinking competitions (Non Alcoholic). It was such an amazing celebration for what we have achieved in the past 3 ½ weeks. I have become close to everyone here and I’m going to miss everyone so much.

pizza hut

pizza hut

Poppy-India has been absolutely amazing I’m going miss leaving here the tomorrow, the trek was really challenging having to walk uphill on certain bits carrying a rucksack with the groups kit/food in and your own personal stuff. We stayed in a APC (anti poaching camp) building the first night and us 4 girls slept in a room with 3 scorpions! Ha, day 2 we did about 20/25km and stayed at another APC then day 3 we walked back to the starting point and stayed at that camp site with loads of monkeys we all worked amazing together, we supported each other when it was getting tough. Yesterday we went into Mysore and did some last minute shopping and had lunch, then later we went to watch the palace lights turn on then went to PIZZA HUT for dinner 😀 it was great we got all the pizza hut staff up and dancing then we did and jug downing competition (Non Alcoholic). My time in India has been unbelievable and eye opening and I deffo want to come back soon. Were all like one big family here we all get on so well its great, I’ve met some wicked people and learnt a lot.

Anti Poaching Camp

Anti Poaching Camp

Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 17, 2009

Chris’s Thoughts on trekking and Leeches!!

Chris – OMG the trek was amazing I was with a amazing group of people and had my coffee buddy (big chris) as one of the leaders. On the first day a lot of us were struggling and then of course to make it worse the leaches arrived luckily I was only bitten once on the first day but some people were feasted on lol. We stayed in an amazing little two room hall that was lifted of the ground and was to small so the leaders slept on the balcony lol. I was day leader on our second day which I new was not going to be easy when I found out we had to go over the peak of the huge hill we climbed up the first day and go down hill through a forest that was also full of leaches, but the views were amazing so I wasn’t to bothered. However Big Chris, Steve, Ella and I had to walk 2 km to get the water for the group and then 2km back which was so tiring. The third day was good as we were on the home straight we started of on a high but when stopped for lunch the group decided they wanted to go around the mounting on the road instead of over another hill. When we got to the finish line were we were greeted by the other groups so it was an amazing experience.

View from First Campsite

View from First Campsite

Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 16, 2009

Trekking Update

We have been informed that all the group have now returned safely from their trek and are now at the Raleigh Field Base in Mysore. The trek was a real challenge for them and apart from blisters and smelly feet everyone is doing well. If we receive any photos or emails from the group concerning their trekking experience we will put them on the blog, However we imagine they will all be too busy seeing the sights of Mysore and buying their last minute souvenirs before they head off to Bangalore.

We will keep you posted with any news when we hear it.

Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 14, 2009

Returning Home Arrangements.

As you are aware the group flies home on Tuesday and arrives at London Heathrow Terminal 5 at 12:35pm with British Airways flight number BA118.

Hopefully everything will be on time however we cannot guarantee this so we can only estimate what time we will be arriving in West Sussex. I have listed below two websites we recommend for you to check to see if the flight has landed on time. The reason we ask you to check is if the flight is hugely delayed then we do not want you to be waiting for hours at one of the pick up points.

www.flightstats.com  or  www.heathrowairport.com

We estimate that it will take at least one hour for all of the group to get off the plane, collect their luggage and go through customs. We then need to load the coach with all their baggage and someone is bound to need the loo before we start driving!!! With this in mind we estimate that we will be at the following places at the following times.

Crawley Train Station-3.30pm

Horsham Youth Centre (Hurst Rd) – 4.00pm

Worthing Train Station – 4.45pm

The Fernleigh Centre,North St, Chichester – 5.30pm

I will have the mobile numbers and emergency contact details of all the young people’s parents and guardians with me so if there is a major problem or delay then I will endeavor to contact you to let you know.

We look forward to seeing you all at the various pick up points on Tuesday.

Regards Eve, Hilary and Nikki (Blog HQ!)

Posted by: wsysinspireindia | August 13, 2009

Chichester Observer 13th August 2009

An aritcle is  in the Chichester Observer today about the young people’s trip to India. A photo has been used of the group, we thought you may like to know and pick up a copy… Blog HQ

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