I stayed for 2 weeks with EHRA. Now there is only one week left and we had a really hard building week. Sand runs, rock runs and mixing cement have done a lot of pain to me, but I have to try to be a strong woman
I’ve never had so much dust in my lungs, that’s what should have been written on the “what to bring with you” list – scarf, bandana, etc
I have also learned that my name sounds like a nice word in English language. Thank you Chris, thank you to my parents.
All in all, thank you EHRA for this life –time-experience.
Daria , Germany
Emma(the lazy one)
Despite the work that was too hard for me, I had a really good time with everybody. A great experience, I will keep good memories. I had never camped in the desert, or in a very arid savannah. I am happy to have known Namibia the way I did and I will come back for sure.
Thanks to Chris, Jacob (Adolf), Mattias and the rest of the EHRA team. What you guys do is great. Good luck, I support you with all my heart….Kisses
I’m spending two weeks with EHRA. The first day we’ve started with some bad luck. Our car couldn’t be fixed in time and we had to leave Swakopmund later than planned. Richard felt sick during the journey, we had a flat tire and on Tuesday we didn’t find our building spot for a long time. I was freezing during the night.
But once we arrived, I really liked the building week. We stayed on a nice spot with a lot of shadow and a beautiful surrounding. The camp was cosy and our group is like a small family. The work was pretty hard but I enjoyed it very much. I’ve never had so much dirt and dust all over my body in my mouth, my nose, ….and every muscle in my body was hurting in the morning. But it felt so good to work in the team and to build the wall. In the evening we sat around the fire, eating, chatting and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.
During that week we didn’t only learn how to do sand runs, rock runs, cement mixing, building walls or cooking on a fire, but also how to speak Chris’ language or cure cancer/Ebola….by eating that healthy porridge. On Thursday I’ve hurt my finger and I felt quite useless during the last day. On Friday we drove back to the wonderful base camp, where we’ve enjoyed a refreshing shower, the luxury of using water from taps again and just sitting around e.g on the swing under the Ana tree. Yesterday we were in Uis, swimming in a pool and visited the supermarket. Now we’re ready to start the second part of our adventure and I’m so looking forward to spend another great week with that group out in the desert and hopefully see a lot of elephants and other animals!
A huge thank you to guide/teacher/driver/doctor/supervisor/animator/entertainer Chris, who made this first week so special! I am sure that the second week and also the stay in base camp will be great as well due to the amazing support of Adolf, both Matthias’ and Marius. The EHRA-staff is just great and the stay here very “guten”!
Best regards from (left-handed) Swiss girl Corinne
The day when the first snow has been falling in Sweden – and we sit here under the burning sun of Africa. It is a rest day in the camp (if you don’t mind to clean the boxes, scrubbing the pots etc) and we relax beside the burning elephant dung – the smoke keeps the flies and bees away. I love it here – even the hard work of last week. Sand run, rock run, cement mixing, stone laying and mixing. I prefer the rock run, it was the non-dusty run (or a not too dusty run). Have a pillow with you when on the drive. Bumpy roads make your behind to hurt – sitting on the pillow makes it easier.
There is now fresh water in the elephant pool – I have to hurry up to get there before the elephants come!
Marjatta from Sweden(and Finland) – 70 years
Patrol week, 10.11.14(1st day)
Our second week started with another flat tire. A little later, Richard recognized the he has lost his mobile phone, when we’ve spotted the first elephants. It was the herd of Mamma Africa with little Joy. They were walking to a water tank. After a while we drove away to have our lunch. Right in the moment, when we wanted to start eating, another elephant appeared. It was Stellar of the G6 herd of Bellatrix, she stood only a few steps away from our car and the rest of the herd followed quickly.
After lunch, we drove back to search the mobile phone – and fortunately found it again, but then the car broke down so we had to return to the base camp where we spend another night.
By the way: I can’t stop crying since Chris has left the camp. My eyes are watering since for hours, and Marjatta still speaks the Chris’ language. She shouted out at “goaten” today.
Our car got fixed and we started packing our stuff again. Already in the morning we’ve met the elephants of yesterday. In the afternoon we’ve found the 3th herd as well. Now we’re on a beautiful spot where we will stay for the night. Betty has recognized that we’ve only two pots instead of three, but I’m sure the dinner will be delicious anyway. As long as we’re waiting, we’re discussing about German dialects. Is it schlangenbrot, stockbrot or knuppelbrot?
It’s my second last day with EHRA and I’m feeling really sad about that. Would love to stay for two more weeks!
What I’m not going to miss is: flies in my face, the smell of a rotten baboon, porridge, the snoring of several team members, wet wipe showers, the strong wind up in the Ana tree, my watering eyes (I’m still crying), sand runs, thorns and dust. But I will miss for sure : sleeping under the stars, watching the “oliphants”, sitting in the swing beyond the Ana tree, cooking on the fire, building a wall, the nice view from “the loo” out in the bush, the amazing landscape, sitting around the fireplace and having a shower after 4 days in dust.
Nothing of this would have been so great without that funny group! I will miss Marjattas dry/ironic comments from the backseat, Hans hand and feet communication, watching Richard searching his camera/water bottle/head torch/book/mobile phone (to be continued) or cutting onions like a chef, Betty’s helping hand and advices in the well organized kitchen, playing the seed-game with my ana tree- neighbour Daria, watching Maria’s face, when she is excited about animal traces, landscape – and especially welwitschia, Chris instructions of which you can never be sure if it’s a joke or serious thing, Mattias laughing about stupid questions, Marius explaining us the African sky and the boys at base camp, repeating things just in minutes, no matter what happens with it in some hours or days.
Thank to EHRA and the other volunteers for two amazing, unforgettable weeks!