Wednesday, 2 August 2017

All checked in

Hello all!

Just a quick post to let you know the team is all checked in and waiting for their flight.

It has been a pleasure working with TGS team 1, and we can't wait for team 2 to see all they have achieved!

We hope they bring back many fond memories of Malawi.

All the best,

Josh, Beth, and all at Inspire Worldwide

www.inspire-worldwide.com

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The joy of safari

After an emotional day yesterday saying our goodbyes to the village we set off for mvuu camp at liwonde national park. When we arrived at the safari we entered the camp site by boat. Once we set up our tents in the dark we had braii (south African for BARBEQUE). Also it was a BUFFET so we were so so so happy. we were able to celebrate Alex's birthday with 2 cakes and 5 African waiters singing 10 choruses of happy birthday. The following morning we woke up at 5:15 for a boat safari in which we spotted: elephants, monkeys, warthogs, waterbuck, loads of birds, hippos and crocodiles. We had a full cooked breakfast and went straight out for our game drive where we were lucky enough to see: elephants, impala, kudus, zebras, antelopes, monkeys and baboons. Then we travelled back to packchere hostel for our final meal in Malawi (burgers) ye boy!!! Anna

Monday, 31 July 2017

A bit of an epic journey!

We started the day with singing happy birthday to Alex with people joining in as they woke up. After this there followed emotional goodbyes to everyone in the village, with our cooks Dokas and Ivy particularly upset and going to miss us. Everyone has made memories and friendships they will keep and cherish forever. A few delays from getting the luggage rack fixed and a 4 hour journey turning into a 9 hour one, we arrived at Mvuu camp in Liwonde national park. We've just had an excellent dinner with meat for the first time since being on project! Everyone has gone to bed tired but excited for our safari that'll start early tomorrow morning. We're yet to see any animals but have heard hippos and elephants through our meal and if we're lucky will hear more from our tents. The students will be able to update you tomorrow but for now they're all fast asleep getting ready for a 5:15 start! 

Jack and Emily - the Inspire Worldwide leaders)

Sunday, 30 July 2017

To the wisdom tree!

Today was out last full day in manyenje village. It was also a very early start for us all as we woke up at 5:00am to hike up to the famous wisdom tree. After the trek to the top of the mountain we found an area to settle down and watch the sun rise next to the wisdom tree. Stevie told us to be silent but we were continually interrupted by Amelia's grumbling tummy. We then made our way back to the site for breakfast and spent the rest of the day doing finishing touches on the building site as well as packing our bags. By lunchtime we had a lovely gathering with all the locals in manyenje village. There were leaving speeches and dances. It was very emotional. We finished the day with a football match against the kids and builders and came in for our last dinner in manyenje- spaghetti bolognaise. Now time for star gazing and an early night, ready for the 5 hour journey and safari tomorrow. Lots of love Meg, Anna and phoebe VW

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Mandazi shortage!

Hello everybody, today consisted of brick laying and brick lining.
There was no mandazi flour so we didn't have any today, but had much fruit which was delicious and we were grateful. 
Good thing Emily got 14 BAGS OF FLOUR  for the next group. This afternoon we found a centipede and it was big, shiny and bluey Black. Going to the wisdom tree at 4.30am tomorrow, so gotta go to bed! night X Cerys and Moritz




Friday, 28 July 2017

Visiting the borehole...

Hi all, another day, another blog! Today, the other half of the team visited the feeding centre which they found very moving. They also got to experience the new borehole nearby, which was especially important to the locals because it used to take 3 hours to fill one bucket with water. meanwhile, the other half of the team were on project, where their jobs consisted of brick moving and classroom painting. They also participated in the primary school results ceremony, where some of us got to present awards to the top performing students. It was great to see how proud the parents were of their achievements. 
After lunch, everyone for involved with painting, tree planting and brick laying (which Grace and Annemarie struggled with so that the builders had to do it again). The progress can clearly be seen and we are all legends. 
 Lots of love from Mzuzu (which by the way if you don't know is Amelia, Sarah, Grace and Annemarie)

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Feeding centre and home visits

Moni! Today was a very different but emotional day. To start we split into two groups - one to remain and work on site and the other group to do to the feeding centre that TGS worked on last year. 
On site today we finished the second classroom floor as well as working with Yung to paint designs in the classroom walls. It's starting to look really nice and colourful now! 
At the feeding centre, we played with all the kids that had gathered there, and helped with serving up the staple food of nsima to the 2 - 5 year olds. We found it shocking that it could have been their only meal of the day, but it was amazing to see the work that the caregivers at the feeding centre do. 
To finish the day we went to visit some of the locals' homes and got to ask them questions about their lives. To get back to the compound we went on a walk of the local areas with some of the children. 
For tea we had our favourite - spaghetti bolognese! 
With the knowledge of egg for breakfast tomorrow, we shall say goodnight and see you tomorrow! :)