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Charlotte returns to the Nelsonspirit office

03 May 2022

Charlotte has just returned to the Norwich office following 2 months unpaid leave in Costa Rica, where she volunteered with Raleigh International. Raleigh's programmes focus on providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments, creating sustainable livelihoods, building resilient communities, and ensuring young people are connected, valued partners in development.

She has been supported by the Nelsonspirit Future Leaders Fund, which provides grants to Norfolk young people aged between 17 and 24 who want to grow themselves as leaders while helping others in the world.

Charlotte spoke about her time in Costa Rica:
"I began the Expedition on the Dragon Trek, walking almost 270km for 19 days across Costa Rica carrying all our food, water, tents and equipment. Despite the sprained knee, I managed to complete the trek in one piece thanks to the amazing support of my group! A humbling and challenging experience and one I will always remember (it would be difficult to forget the 2.30am wake ups, bean paste, cold showers, sleeping in a cow shed and beautiful sunrises).

On the second phase of the Expedition I participated in the Natural Resource Management Programme which aims to promote sustainable use of natural resources and protect areas of special biological diversity. I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks living and working in Barbilla National Park, part of the Jaguar Pass biological corridor. We worked closely with the SINAC park rangers: digging trenches, building steps and widening the path to make the tourist trail more accessible. When the water pump broke in the final week, we also built a well to ensure a secure supply of water to the ranger station.

Overall, a wonderful experience surrounded by the best people. Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored me and supported me on this adventure. Now looking forward to getting stuck back in to work at Nelsonspirit"
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