BVI: Session 1 - Moko Jumbie
Posted: Sun, Jul 6, 2014
Final Staff Update
Location: West End, Tortola
It’s hard to believe that 20 days have come and gone. As I look around the cockpit it’s crazy to think that this crew met only 20 days ago. The students have all grown and adapted to life onboard and I am so proud to say that all of therm did such a wonderful job of turning our crew into a family. Lydia was a Lifeworks student from last summer who showed the others the in’s and out’s of life onboard. She made sure everyone knew the importance of buying candy and snacks when we had shore time along with leading daily boat operations. Taylor took Lydia’s lesson to heart. On our last shore time she was so thoughtful and threw us a 4th of July party with cookies, popcorn and treats. Taylor was always putting smiles on our faces with her upbeat sense of humor. Anytime I would ask for help around the boat, Elle would be the first to volunteer before she even knew what she had signed up for. She was a key member in keeping daily operations moving forward. Gillian was the one to keep daily operations running on time! She was always the one cracking the whip to make sure everyone had their stuff together and was ready to go. Jaclyn was never too far behind Gillian. These two came onboard as best friends who hadn’t seen each other in a year. It was always hilarious to listen to the girls tell stories from home and share their memories together. Gillian and Jaclyn were amazing working with the school children who loved playing games and running around the field with them. Madi was so down to earth and always enjoyed our service projects. She was always working hard and interested in learning about the culture and lifestyle of the local people.
The first week of the program the boys and girls seemed pretty divided but as the week came to an end we noticed that the group was becoming more of a unit. The first to make the leap was Ladislas. He befriend the girls early and the rest of the guys followed along. In just a few days time Graham, Ladislas, Linus and Eli were all hanging out with the girls on the bow and jumping on the trampoline as we sailed over the wakes. Graham was often looking for a job to do. He was always willing to pick up the jobs that nobody else would. His squeeze answers and questions continuously kept the group guessing and entertained with his whit and dry humor. Usually when the staff needed a chore done we ask the group for a volunteer. Eli learned very quickly that hiding behind someone would get him chosen for the job. He kept us laughing telling us stories about NYC and his life at home. It is hard to believe that Ladislas grew up in France because his English is almost perfect! He was constantly educating the group on French/American politics and policies. Always something new and fascinating. Linus, referred to as Dark Lord Sparkle Horse, always had something to contribute to the conversation. The staff really appreciated his detail orientated personalty and ability to keep Moko Jumbie clean!
Overall this session has been a blast and we are sad to see it come to an end. We have watched all of the shipmates grow individually and work together as a team. We want to thank our shipmates for always staying positive and working hard even when times were hard. 🙂
Best wishes to you all!!
-The staff of Moko Jumbie
Posted: Sat, Jul 5, 2014
Life Changing Experience At Thermans!
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
We woke up in the beautiful Grey Harbor and ate some scrumptious oatmeal. Once we were all ready for the day we all hopped into the dingy to go to Therman’s house. Therman is a native to Peter Island who moved to New York for quite some time but returned to Peter Island to take care of his families land and live a simple life. When I say simple life I mean life without running water, no electricity and he fishes for a living. We all helped out Therman by building a stone wall, raking leaves, trimming bushes and picking up garbage. After we were done helping out Therman, Toran took us to an exclusive resort that was five minutes away from Therman’s house. It showed us two completely different lifestyles that were five minutes apart. We all sat out on the beach and discussed the choice of being happy. We were suddenly interrupted by the rain so we all headed back to our boat in the dingy. We had a some swim time while the staff made lunch. All of the sudden more rain came and it was torrential down poor and we all played in the rain. When the rained lightened up we headed to The Bight to drop anchor and meet up with all the other Action Quest vessels. Then I helped Gillian the chief of the day cook a delicious dinner. After dinner we had closing program we all got little note cards to write something nice to everyone of our shipmates including staff.
Posted: Fri, Jul 4, 2014
Tarpins and FROZEN!
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
This morning the awesome Kelly (staff) woke me up to tell me breakfast had begun. I woke up to finish my Pops (my favorite cereal onboard) then proceeded to round up my crew to lift anchor. We then motored to Road Town to assist VISAR (Virgin Island Search and Rescue) at their headquarters. It was extremely interesting to listen to all of the stories about VISAR and their rescues over the years. We were able to meet several volunteers during our stay. After orientation we were given several tasks. Dredging (trying to catch a barracuda), committing genocide against Tangleweed and the relocation of rocks (repaving the parking lot). During our work day, I assisting in dredging, had the very fond experience of observing in horror as a Tarpin passed only several feet from the dredging crew. (If you don’t know what a Tarpin is.. look it up) As the day came to an end, VISAR treated us to delicious treats including cookies and cakes. Afterwards, we proceeded for the first time in several weeks, to take a shower on land. It was miraculous until the hot water ran out.. Ladislas had the malevolent idea to throw frigid water over the stall onto his victims. For dinner we had breakfast. I personally enjoyed eating the biscuits and sausage the most. And now, as I sit in the power tower reminiscing on the day, I look forward to eating cookies and watching… FROZEN! (If you don’t know what Frozen is.. and you don’t think it’s the best movie on the planet .. look it up.) And to all of the American folks out there, happy territory day.
The evil genius, supreme leader –
Posted: Thu, Jul 3, 2014
Helping The Plants And The Injured. VISAR Visits LW For Training Purposes Only!
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we had an eventful day. When we woke up we motored to road town and we ate cereal underway. Upon arrival we docked and walked to our service project at the botanical garden. At the botanical garden we did many projects including painting a shed, potting plants and leveling dirt. After our labor filled morning we had two hours of shore time where we received our phones and had lunch on shore. After our relaxing shore time we motored back the same anchorage as the morning where we rafted with our other lifeworks boat, Catalinaville. While rafted we were briefed about our afternoon activity which was setting up fake injuries and having rookies from Virgin Island Search and Rescue team come and practice as if they were real. It was very interesting learning how to put the injured on astretcher, secure them and transport them to the hospital. We alllearned a lot from VISAR most importantly I would say is being cautious on the boat to avoid any major injuries, luckily we have had none so far. After our long day we had deliciousMexican food for dinner cooked by our chefs Graham and Taylor! For our evening program we did the Lifeworks Forum, talking about our life values. All in all today was another fun filled day in the British Virgin Islands!
**Staff note: This was a practice scenario for the Virgin Island Search and Rescue Team. Not an actual injury or emergency. 🙂
Posted: Wed, Jul 2, 2014
Another Great Day!
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We woke up this morning at 7, which was nice after the late night at the Sydney’s barbecue yesterday. Lydia and Ladislas made french toast for the boat for breakfast, which we all devoured. After eating, we picked up anchor and got ready to sail back to West End, Tortola. We raced Catalinaville to the dock, and even though they smoked us, it was still a blast to drive the boat under just the power of the sail. It’s crazy how much my steering has improved since I first got on the boat. I even got to dock the boat at the marina once we arrived in West End. After docking, we had some free time on shore while we filled the tanks with water. All of the power was out at first because of a nearby fire but it was still fun to be able to have some time on shore. We then got back on the boat and had chicken salad sandwiches for lunch. After eating, we moved the boat from the dock to a mooring ball and then rode the dingy back to shore. We took a quick walk over to Frenchmen’s Cay for a project that involved tracking and replanting mangroves. It was incredible to see all of the mangroves that had been planted by past members of the Lifeworks community and it felt great to see a tangible difference that the program has made in the environment. We counted about 300 healthy mangroves that were growing strong as a result of Lifeworks planting projects and we planted many more. We spent a few hours measuring and planting mangroves and then headed back to the boat for a long sail to Peter Island. We spent a few hours sailing to our destination and I split my time at the helm and on the trampoline enjoying the view. We tacked back and forth until we reached the island where we rafted up with Catalinaville. It was a little scary having to maneuver our boat to sit right next to another boat that was also moving but it was an awesome experience to successfully attach two huge catamarans.After we were settled, we took salt water showers and Lydia started dinner. We all pitched in to help Lydia make franks and beans, which we then all ate out in the cockpit. We finished off dinner with two squeeze questions, mine and Taylor’s from last night (she didn’t get to ask hers yesterday because of the barbecue), which everyone went around answering while also revealing his or her favorite part of the day (mine was seeing the mangroves!) Right now most of my shipmates are cleaning the dishes from dinner and we’ll probably head to bed after our night meeting.We need to catch up on sleep for another big day tomorrow! I can’t believe that our time together is almost over but I can’t wait to see what’s in store for these last few days!