The Team and Tim After 16 hours travelling we all arrived at camp Makongeni greeted with a hairy warm coconut (TIA)… mmmmm. 19 names seemed difficult to remember at first however, a day later and it already seemed like we‰Ûªd known each other a lot longer. We soon discovered everyone‰Ûªs personalities ‰ÛÒ some funny, some strange and then there was Rupert! Camp life is full of banter from sunrise to sunset making each day a good day. ‰Û÷Would I lie to you‰Ûª, ‰Û÷truth or dare‰Ûª, ‰Û÷charades‰Ûª, ‰Û÷chilli eating contests‰Ûª, ‰Û÷showers with snakes‰Ûª… the list goes on! Although everyone is different, our personalities have moulded together and made us FOREVER KENYAN. A special note just for JD aka Team Leader ‰ÛÒ ‰Û÷learn to dance‰Ûª!! Gemma, James, Sam B & Riona   Masai Macharina On Emma‰Ûªs arrival (the second night), Duncan gave us a huge surprise with the presentation of Masai tribe dancers, although slightly disappointed for Big D (Duncan ‰ÛÒ Camps Manager) not joining in!! Whilst taking photos, being chased at (at spear point) starting with Sam, we all started to join in and get involved. The outfits were unique and somewhat special with some wearing fancy dress (Abi). The singing was bizarre yet mesmerising. At the end of the performance we had our first experience of haggling ‰ÛÒ some better than others. Sam‰Ûªs 3000shilling shield which Joe later paid 300shillings for along with a 1000shilling bracelet which others paid 50shilling for!! All in all, it was an experience to remember and a brilliant start for the 4 weeks. Rupert, Joe, Claire and Becky Coaching Coaching out in Kenya has been such a new challenge yet one of the most rewarding parts of the expedition. (Two hours a day will without fail causes everyone to sweat out bucket loads). After visiting the four schools we were split up and each group assigned a certain school to coach football, netball and volleyball. The kids are incomparable to the school kids in England due to their enthusiasm, hard work and passion for competing in their chosen sports. Even during coaching sessions most of the local village attend accompanied with very small children so speaking from experience make sure no babies are sat behind the goal (not looking) before you let the kids loose with a penalty shootout! All the coaching which you‰Ûªll deliver is in preparation for ‰Û÷THE BIGGEST SPORTS FESTIVAL EVER‰Ûª… Kenyan style! Gemma, Sam, Riona and James A Birthday to Remember I can safely say that I have never had a birthday like this back in England. When I started my birthday, we all got involved in a once in a lifetime opportunity. Cleaning jiggers off of the little children. When Duncan told us that some of them couldn‰Ûªt even walk properly because of them, it was an eye opening experience for us all, learning not to take a pair of shoes for granted. One other show of generosity was James giving away a pair of flip flops to one of the worst effected there. That might just be a present he never forgets. After the Jiggers, we celebrated my party at The Cave, which actually was ‰ÛÏa cave‰Û, saying that though, it would have put Gordon Ramsey‰Ûªs or Jamie Oliver‰Ûªs restaurants to shame. The atmosphere was amazing, the food delicious, the banter thriving. This, I can safely say is one of the best, in Kenyan Shillings, the most expensive meal I have ever had. One thing‰Ûªs for sure though, not many people can say that they have had their birthday in the beautiful Kenya, surrounded by some of the most amazing lads and lasses ever. Rupert Leyland Bring on the wall! Blood sweat and blisters… but all limbs still intact (just). To be handed weapons freely and set loose on an overgrown field is not an experience to be forgotten. Grass slashers, machetes, shovels and wonky wheelbarrows (oh how we miss our luxury electricals). With the donation of the field from a local landowner a challenge was set to produce a professional standard pitch. Cutting stones for bricks, manually hauling sand and cement with water collected from the wells and slashing knee high grass are just some of the tasks we have experienced so far. Hard work for sure but never more satisfying. Note to self… never complain when asked to mow the lawn.   Animal Madness After experiencing central Mombasa we visited Haller Park ‰ÛÒ the local animal park where we saw a range of animals, most of which were allowed to roam in wide open spaces. Thankfully the snakes weren‰Ûªt given so much freedom and the crocs were prevented from eating the locals thanks to a rather thin looking fence. However, highlight of the day had to be feeding Melvine and the giraffes who weren‰Ûªt afraid to get their tongues out for a cheeky photo. We also watched some hungry hippos and some pretty snappy crocs. We haven‰Ûªt yet visited Tsavo yet but it‰Ûªs given us a great taste of the animals we will hopefully get to see. Ian, Abi, Sam, Ciara and Julia. GAME ON! We started our coaching as a whole group, boys and girls together, to boost team morale with an infamous game of benchball. The boys were highly entertained when told to put on netball bibs to differentiate the 2 teams, some were more acccepting of them than others, and some even needed help figuring out how to wear them. To start with, the boys were running around laughing whilst the girls took it seriously, but soon they were all working together and enjoying themselves. It was great to see the girls showing the boys how to play and showing them who was boss when it came to the rules of the game. After 2 hilariously successful games of benchball, both the boys and girls were hyped up and ready to focus on the usual football and netball…. continuing on route to victory at the festival… 1 week, 3 coaching sessions to go! Bring it on!!! Emma, Sarah, Amanda and Kit Kat. (Makongeni Primary Coaches) Life’s a beach The first weekend we went to Diani beach, one of the top five in the world. The white glistening sand accompanying the clear warm sea which managed to catch everyone unaware and break Joe‰Ûªs camera and leave everything soaked. Camels‰Ûª strutting along the beach was a sight to savour. Rupert was ‰Û÷claimed‰Ûª to be buried alive, and he also had a complete disaster with a local shop, 10 thousand shillings worth of ‰Û÷free stuff‰Ûª. Forty Thieves ‰ÛÒ the on the beach bar, host to an amazing dinner and a couple of pool and dart tournaments. Note for next time, don‰Ûªt play with the sun or your stomach will get burnt, (James). Joe RozarioåÊ -åÊ Rupert LeylandåÊ -åÊ Clare AndradeåÊ -åÊ Becky Phillips After lots of anticipation speculation and pitch preparation the whistle finally went. The team was made up of a mixture of Makongeni students & SDX volunteers to take on the semi-pro Rafiki Kenia football team. We were extremely proud of the girls who definitely made their mark in the starting line up. The team as a whole gelled really well considering the extreme temperature and dehydration. It has to be said it was somewhat different from a traditional English match. Bare feet or socks only ‰ÛÒ a referee in flip flops and no lines. After a break in match play to set fire to grass to steer away a wasps nest the match finished a close 2-1 to Rafiki Kenya. Amazing experience, credit to the huge local support. Ella, Amanda, KitKat, Emma and Sarah   Nights Out Lads and ladettes on tour!! After working really hard on coaching sessions and community projects, the team venture out to the local clubs and restaurants to let our hair down! After one too many beers and a few cheeky shots we all bust our moves on the dance floor… some better than others! Hunting down a kebab shop that doesn‰Ûªt exist and singing our newly learnt Swahili nursery rhyme to the taxi driver. We always make it back to camp with amazing memories of our time here in Kenya and a few dodgy photos for evidence! Sooo until our next night out… Julia, Ciara, Sam, Abby and Ian XåÊ XåÊ X