Its been a very busy couple of weeks with lots of hellos and goodbyes and changing of roles (new and old volunteers coming and leaving) therefore we havent had a blog for a while but here we are back again!
Few weeks ago Gemma (from Scotland) and Ale (from Nicaragua), who are on a year long adventure in South America, joined us in the Beehive to work in the hostel and in the marketing side of things. They are loving their time here! Gemma is currently getting creative, designing a sign for the entrance of our new hostel and Ale is really enjoying helping to make the delicious breakfast for everyone in the mornings. The highlight of Gemma’s time here so far has been the Robert Burn’s Night dinner that we held last week for everyone in the hostel where we listened to traditional Scottish music, ate, drank cocktails and had a camp fire in the garden, it turned out to be a really nice atmospheric night. Ale’s highlight so far he tells me has been the weekly Wallyball (Bolivian version of volleyball which involves the use of walls as well as a net) that we play with our hostel guests. He may have sustained some injuries due to his competitive nature but he really enjoyed it and hopes people keep signing up to go and play each week.
Everyone has been mucking in and helping to paint and clean the new hostel over the past couple of weeks – we are happy to announce that it is pretty much complete! We just need to put a few finishing touches to the breakfast area and a couple of the communal areas – we have some exciting ideas for murals for the walls.
Last week we had a visit from Danni and Alex, some previous volunteers who became great friends with The Beehive during the move from the old to the new hostel so it was so good to see them back again! They stayed with us for nearly a week and left us with some lovely painted walls and chairs and steps and some newly planted vegetables and flowers in the garden.
Another volunteer who left us last week was Elodie from France, a great character with a motherly nature who will be missed around the hostel. Elodie did lots of painting of the new hostel when she was here with us aswell as serving breakfast and checking people in and out. Before leaving Elodie told us that she found her time in The Beehive really interesting. She had also been really keen to help in our community centre but unfortunately had not had the time. She said that she had loved working with all of us here especially Raymunda and Paola who really added to the great ambiance that we have here. Elodie said that she really liked getting to know the motivated volunteers that work here with us. In the future she says that she will return to this beautiful city to visit us and that one day she would like to own her own hostel in her home town and we can form an exchange between the women who work here in the hostel and those who work there. Thanks Elodie!
Elodie left us at the end of last week for sunnier climates in Brazil and in her place, we got Emily!Emily is the Beehive’s newest volunteer. She flew all the way to us from Birmingham at the start of this week where she usually works in an a care home for the elderly, she is a really caring person who loves to learn new things and have new experiences. She was a bit scared at first because she had never traveled to South America before, or traveled on her own, but she is now settled in and has started Spanish classes with us which she is really enjoying. She also tells me that her favourite part of The Beehive is the downstairs sofa, where she can be found reading and relaxing when she is not working.
We are also happy to welcome Maddie from Sucre to our team in the the hostel this week. She has been helping us to make the breakfast in the morning and will soon be helping with check-ins etc. in the hostel. She is currently learning English and is having fun practicing talking to our English/Scottish volunteers. She also makes a mean Tiramisu which we are all extremely excited to try!!
We have also had a group of International Development students staying with us for a week who are from Norway. They are studying lots of interesting development topics that affect the local people of Sucre and the surrounding area such as different types of water management and the use of medicinal plats vs modern medicines. On Thursday night we had a celebration dinner of Mexican food for them as they leaft the next day – a group of local children from the Centro Cultural also came to play some traditional music for us which was lovely and really exciting!