Today we went back to the bamboo farm to plant bamboo trees so that future RAW teams have materials to build a house.
It was super hot so everyone wasn’t looking forward to the day ahead, however Nick from Raw brought his speaker to pump us up with 70s rock as we worked, which was successful until the speaker died.
Our strongest player was Miss Glacken as she was so aggressive while digging her hole that she broke her hoe, which is pretty impressive seeing as it’s made with a metal head.
We were told that we had to name our trees and give them a pep talk to give them the best chance of survival. Mine and Lily’s personal favourite was Ellen and Ben’s choice of names, such as Beyoncé, Shakira, Freddie Mercury, Celine Dion, and Fergie.
Once again lunch was incredible. The ladies who kindly made it for us treated us to curry, fried rice, fruit and chips, which went down well with everyone.
Again one of the most stressful times of the day was seeing which flavour of royal D we would get. We’re happy to report it was orange today and not grape.
After lunch, we continued to plant bamboo. We finished early and started to mulch which was more of a challenge, not because of the physical work but because of the rashes we got from the hay.
In total, our days work meant that we planted a whopping number of 130 bamboo trees. It didn’t feel like we’d made much impact but in 3 or 5 years the bamboo will have grown to provide enough for two more houses, as well as a sustainable income for the locals in Koki.
Before dinner we all reflected on our favourite parts of the trip, majority saying theirs was the sleep out and the building process.
After dinner we played Miss Glacken’s card game Chameleon which was enjoyable.
For Lily and myself the highlight of our day was went when we went to Lily and Chloe’s room to watch a movie. However the tv guide was wrong so we ended up scrolling through the channels. At one point we found chicken fighting, a kids channel with a monkey called Robby, and a dramatic soap opera in Cambodian. It was such a laugh, so much, in fact, Daniel literally cried of laughter. It felt so nice just to be able to have a laugh as a group of mates.
By Meg & Lily