Welcome to Curieuse camp - ruined buildings, toilets that don't flush & one of the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles
It’s week two and it’s already hard to remember everything we’ve learned and experienced since we got here, on Curieuse Island in the Seychelles. We arrived on Saturday 22nd August morning and it was quite a trip to get to the island. We got picked up from Beau Vallon on Mahe, the biggest island, then dropped off again in Victoria to get the ferry over to Praslin. After a 90-minute jouney that was quite rough, especially when you tend to get sea sick (luckily no one did), we arrived on Praslin. We got picked up again and brought to Cote D’or, where two members of the staff from Curieuse were waiting for us. Then for the last part, we had wade through the water to get all of our luggage onto Dexter (the boat that belongs to the camp on Curieuse). After a couple of minutes we were finally there, on Curieuse Island, our home for the next month.
The Camp is quite big and has many different areas. The buildings are from the old leper colony and some have been renovated. The first one you see is the staff house. Then you get to the first row of buildings with the Kit Room (where all the equipment is stored), the Science room, the kitchen and the volunteers’ dormitory. The second row isn’t in use and plants have taken over some of the buildings, which makes them look more like small secret ruins, forgotten somewhere in the rainforest. In between the buildings you’ll find a garden, a small volleyball court and the barbecue area right next to the ‘Bommie’, where we have our meals. The last and definitely the only unpleasant thing here on camp are the toilets, hidden somewhere behind the volunteers’ house. In front of them is the wash basin – a small wooden table with a plastic bowl, filled with rain water. Next to the toilets is a big barrel, which you have to fill up every day with buckets of seawater (this is called the ‘bucket-run’!), which you then use as a sort of flush; so you definitely don’t find high-tech toilets here. But that’s forgotten as soon as you turn around again and see the beautiful beach and the turquoise water of the ocean, just in front of camp!
Photos by fellow volunteer Vicky Jordan.
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