EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2006 Tribewanted’s first cross-cultural tribe formed online and then on the remote Fijian Island of Vorovoro. Three years later, 1000 members have visited Vorovoro to take part in the project, stimulating an injection of almost $2m fj into the local economy. In October 2010 we launched our second tribe on John Obey Beach, Sierra Leone. A maximum of 30 tribe members spend a minimum of 1 week at a time living alongside a local team and community immersed in the day to day running and development of the village. Filippo Bozotti, a GlobalGrind blogger, is running the project in Sierra Leone and reports from this beautiful location.
'Tribewanted' Sierra Leone, John Obey beach. 2 weeks in. 10 days before the first tribemembers arrive.
It is one thing to talk about it and plan from abroad, quite another is to live every day on a virgin beach, with no amenities and a lot of rain.
The rainy season is dragging on longer this year, and we have rain most of the night and at various parts of the day.
It has been an adventure so far. Full of successes and headaches…
Shortly after Ben and I camped our tents at John Obey beach, the international crew arrived:
We have Alejandro Arango, perma-culturalist from Costa Rica Hooman Fazly, American-Iranian earth-bag builder from Cal-Earth Mark Ax, from Sea Bright Solar in New Jersey, donating his time and solar panels.
Our days on the beach are full.
We wake up shortly after sunrise, breakfast consists of porridge, bananas, coffee or tea boiled over a wood and charcoal fire on the sand.
After breakfast, for about $1 per person, we buy fresh fish straight from the fisherman who have just returned at dawn; we buy fresh bananas and coconuts from the village and many other fruits and vegetables from nearby market for daily use.