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31/07/2014

Chris won’t stop telling us to write something, so here it goes. It’s the 4th day of my first build week. It’s a great feeling to achieve something as a team and by manual work. Life here is hard but very adventurous. You sleep under stars, learn to count in the Damara language, see amazing sunsets. I also had a scorpion on my hand and nearly lost my eye light because of all the smoke (fires) and sand here. I’ll have to hurry with writing because the African sun sets at around 6pm and after that it’s night dark.

Nice great things

-Being in a team

- Speaking German, Swiss-German, English, Italian ...with each other

- African time

- The friendly locals

- Fun around the campfire

- Ocean side cafe in Swakop

Not that great things

- Sand in your mouth

- Not enough wet wipes

- Hair that feels dead after not washing it for a week

- Being mocked for being from “Germland”

Bianca, 19, “Germland”

Saturday, 2nd of August

The last week we built a wall in Sorris Sorris. Last night the local people invited us to an amazing party they organized only for us. It already started at lunch time actually as many of us got some nice bread from “Latuya”. In the evening they cooked springbok meat and self-made bread on the fire. The women were weaving their traditional robes. A man played the guitar and he started to dance and sing. At the beginning, the EHRA group was sitting on the chairs, a little bit shy, but eventually the locals picked up some to dance with them. At some points all of us were dancing around the fire. We had so much fun!

Annina, Switzerland

Needs a shower.

Saturday, 2nd August

- Three best moments of build week: Party

                                                                        Hand down toilet

                                                                         Hand up chicken bum

EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT NAMIBIA

This trip has been the best so far! So many amazing things to see and working as a team to help a community is such an excellent experience. Learning so many new words such as ‘du flacha’ and teaching other people English words is an interesting experience. The tree house at base camp is everyone’s dream and it’s so exciting to sleep under the stars. I will miss all the “germs” when I go back to England, as well as crazy French like guide. Everyone should visit Namibia and come on the elephant project as you get t-shirts and sore shoulders and back. Thank you so much EHRA for giving me this experience! I willn missn thisn tripn loadsn!

Jess – the laughing donkey

 

Following build week, we went on patrol, to track as many elephants as possible to get their DNA. For the first day, we had almost given up hope of seeing any...until half an hour before we were going to find camp, Chris pretty much ran into the G6. So we climbed a koppie and just sat and watched them, it was so relaxing. The second day, no elephants, but there was plenty of baboons, goats and flies.

Day 3: was more successful than before. We saw 2 bulls: Tusha and Cambonde, the herd Mamma Africa, and a smaller herd. (It was funny watching the babies fall into bushes to sleep) But day 4 was the best. We thought that we had seen the last elephant the day before, as we only had a few hours of patrol, but nearly every corner we turned was a new elephant to admire, and this even carried on back at base camp. Where an elephant that we had seen earlier in the day past us whilst we were cooking dinner. This is definitely worthwhile and one of the best experiences that I have been on! EHRA will definitely give you memories that will last a lifetime!!!

Caitlin, 18, England

By the way: Collin is from now on called cannicollin 

        

From the 2 M & M's

Sleeping in the tree house and then in night when you wake up and see the endless milky way above you for the first time in a moment you will never forget: We did enjoy the build week very much: having such a supportive team of individuals initially and also a strong team was an experience we never had before. Incredible to see what 15 pairs of hands can achieve in 5 days, and getting such a generous and warm hearted appreciation from the people of the conservancy on Friday night was deeply moving and really a once in a lifetime experience.

Thank you

Michael - Markus

28.08.2014

We are on our way back to Swakopmund. My handwriting suffers from the vibrations of the drive, as I hope one can still recognise what I am writing here. We hear music from people’s I-pods and share cookies and snacks with each other.

Personally I liked the patrol week. We saw many elephants. The nights were cold but also illuminated by a nearly full moon. But home is calling me. I have important duties in Germany and can’t stay longer than those two weeks, but they will last forever in my memory – (just as damn vibrations!!!). Elephants would never forget! Because this the one thing elephants have what I wish to have myself.

Benjamin