PLAYDIUM BALI UPDATE 4 | HELLO'S AND GOODBYE'S
Before our first team of volunteers left, we were able to spend a day traveling around. We visited a waterfall and ended up at 'Blue Lagoon' beach. Unfortunately, the waterfall wasn't as picturesque as we were hoping because it had rained the night before. The beach was quite secluded, providing a more tranquil environment for our group, which was an ideal way to unwind on their last few days in Bali. There were lots of coral as well so we had to be careful not to cut our feet. Some of us were lucky enough to get away with nothing, but some weren't as lucky! A relaxing and well deserved day off!
Our second team of volunteers arrived on August 19th, full of enthusiasm, ready to get stuck into the project. For the 6 week volunteers arriving from the first project in, Bali made a change from the rural -un-Westernised- Cipanas. Although it was great being in such a rural location, a bit of Western food was much appreciated!
Thanks to the first half volunteers, we had a good structural base up and ready to be added to. We spent the first day getting the volunteers acquainted with site and the local area. Bamboo construction techniques are very different to anything we have tried before so we showed the new volunteers how to treat, dowel and tie bamboo connections. It took a while for everyone to get used to these techniques but after a few days, once everyone had got the grasp of it, the build progression accelerated.
As the building continued, we cross-braced the structure which stabilised it in all directions. After adding a few more vertical supports (recommended by locals) the main structure was complete and we set to work on filling in the flooring, tying the ropes and nets and hanging the material in the 'chill space'.
All the 'programming' that fit between each structural bay could then start to be filled in with flooring or netting. We are lucky to have a sailor amongst our volunteers who was able to show us the best knots to use for our nets. Whilst one team worked on nets, another worked on the flooring, and another working on strengthening connections. We are very fortunate to have hard-working volunteers who enjoy working in the hot sun, getting a tan as they go- we couldn't ask for more!