A group of fifteen students and their leader Janice Odom arrived at the lodge in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 2nd. The student group is from North Carolina State University, and they are a part of what is called the Caldwell Fellows. The aim of the program is to give driven students the means and space to explore the world and make a difference, however they so choose. Every year, they embark on a trip to somwhere in the world that means something to them, and this year it was Ecuador.
During their time here, they will be completing a turtle pond in Campo Cochoa, a community just downriver from Arajuno Lodge. This turtle pond is a part of the sustainable living solution that Tom Larson is implementing in the river communities.
Thursday and Friday were spent machete-ing, digging a trench, hauling rocks and gravel, mixing cement, and building the fence around the pond.
The project will be completed on Monday, with the last two sides of the fence being cemented in. Soon after, turtles to be brought over!
This is a hard-working group, throwing themselves into everything 150%. I have absolutely no doubt that these are people we will be hearing more about in the world.