Meet the Team

Meet the CWB team going out to Botswana this spring, the last of the spring projects.


 

Introducing Project Leader Mark Campbell

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Nickname – at work, Professor, on the cricket pitch, cymbals

This will be my fourth CWB trip, all of which have been to brilliant Botswana
iPod – what’s an iPod?*
What am I looking forward to- meeting old friends in Botswana, making new ones in the team. It’s always fascinating the different skills volunteers bring and how the project develops over the two weeks.
What am I nervous about – losing my voice as I try to out sing and out chant hundreds of enthusiastic children. Being asked to sing a traditional English song by Botswanan teachers who all seem to be able to sing in perfect harmonies.

Why volunteer? CWB combines the three things I have spent my life doing, working with children, playing cricket and travelling, especially in Africa. On previous trips I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and positive attitude of all we come across  so can’t wait to have another dose of smiling faces.

* someone suggested I check the discs at the front  of my Gramophone collection. They were
Siouxsie and the Banshees –  Hong Kong Garden
Joan Baez – Love is just a four letter word
Ricky Martin – La Vida Loca
Glee Cast – Like a Prayer
Amy Whitehouse – Back to Black


Name: Sam Stevenson – HIV Lead

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Nickname: Bambi

I’ve been with CWB since March 2012

iPod shuffle challenge:
Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)
Tangled Up (Caro Emerald)
Porcelain – Moby
You Get What You Give – New Radicals
Better View – Longspoon

What am I most looking forward to on the trip? – Going back and seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

What am I most nervous about? Hard ball cricket!

Why have I volunteered for the trip:  My role is the HIV lead, meeting stakeholders in country to understand all the elements driving HIV infections. I volunteer because Botswana is such a great, democratic country with such potential, and yet with such a high HIV prevalence and small population, the outcome for the country could be devastating.

We know that we have an impact, and it’s incredibly rewarding, especially when we go back and see how the cricket is developing, which has so many health and social benefits.

Tsamaya sentle!

Sam


Name: Ross Opie

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Nickname: Ropie

First time volunteer with CWB
 
Ipod Shuffle –
 
Disco 2000 – Pulp
Bulletproof – La Roux
Rocket Man – Elton John
Semisonic – Secret Smile
I can see clearly now – Jimmy Cliff
 
What are you most looking forward to on the trip?
I have always wanted to visit Africa and the opportunity to volunteer and see Africa away from the tourist trail and meet the people of Africa in their day to day lives is something I am really excited about.
 
What are you most nervous about?
Discovering how many Kids from Botswana can throw further than my chocolate arm
 
A short paragraph about why you have volunteered for the trip.

I have played sport since a very young age at both Twyford House Cricket Club and Firebrands Hockey club. I have experienced a great deal of enjoyment through playing sport.  In fact have made some of my best friends through playing sport. I would now love to be able to help share some of the enjoyment I have experienced with those less fortunate than myself through the coaching of cricket.  Buying a flat with a balcony within the Bristol County Cricket Ground probably counts as been mildly obsessed with cricket and this volunteering opportunity will give me the chance to use my love of cricket for a worthwhile mission.

Cheers

Ross


 

Rachael Dyer
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Rach
I was part of the Botswana 2012 Spring trip
Great Indoors – John Mayer; Crazy – The Kooks; Volcano – Damien Rice; Blue Blood – Foals; Carlos – Pete Yorn
Getting back to Bots and seeing some old faces, meeting the teachers and coaching the kids.
Being the designated ‘Welfare Officer’ – I’m really not that responsible!
 
My last trip in 2012 was one of the best experiences of my life and I always said I would go back and do it all again if I could. So here I am! It is a brilliant charity and gives me the chance to coach/teach cricket, the sport I have grown up with, as well as make an impact on the health and well-being of the people of Botswana. I’m looking forward to the challenge – the rewards are well worth it.
 
Cheers!
Rachael
 

 

Name: Tim Ward

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Nickname: Timmy Magic

Have you volunteered with CWB before and where: Yes Botswana, Spring 2014

iPod shuffle challenge: First 5 songs that your iPod plays on shuffle:

Rock Star (Jason Nevins Remix) –Running Music

Baby I’m a star (Prince and the revolution)

Milk and Alcohol (Dr Feel Good) – Another running song

UFO (Newton Faulkner)

Klatremus og de andre dyrene I Hakkebakkeskogen (Kids audiobook) – Obviously something to do with my daughter

What are you most looking forward to on the trip? G&T and Curry at the BCA

What are you most nervous about? Black Mambas 

I volunteered again because the last CWB trip to Botswana was one of the most rewarding undertakins I have done. I still have so much to give the projects and CWB it was only natural to sign up to the project again. I really look forward to continuing the relationship building we started back in 2014.


 

Name: Liam Burnell
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Nickname: Previous CWB nicknames include Biebs, 1Direction, Chesney
 
Have you volunteered with CWB before and where
I’ve previously been on trips to Rwanda and Cameroon
 
iPod shuffle challenge: First 5 songs that your iPod plays on shuffle
Not going to lie slightly nervous about this one…here goes…
Track 1: Last Flight (In Trip) – Kasabian
Track 2: She Said – Plan B
Track 3: Girls and Boys In Love – Rumble Stripes
Track 4: Lego House – Ed Sheeran
Track 5: Do You Wanna – The Kooks
 
What are you most looking forward to on the trip?
I’m looking forward to embracing the slightly different culture of Botswana compared to previous countries visited, as well as trying to up the numbers coached in the country. On a side note, I’m also looking forward to seeing a bit of wildlife!
 
What are you most nervous about?
The differences in HIV/AIDS messages compared to the other countries, given such a high prevalence rate within the country.
 
Why did I volunteer?
I volunteered for this project because it’s been over a year since my last CWB project and I felt like I needed to get back out to Africa and embrace the African way once more! This project fell perfectly with the Easter break at Uni, so here I am, off to Bots!
 
 

 
Name : Greg Mackett
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Nickname : GMac or Macdaddy
 
Previous experience: 2 Projects in Rwanda, 1 Kenya, 1 Cameroon and a Botswana virgin.
 
iPod Shuffle: Lets see how this goes….
 
Jake Bugg – Ballad of Mr Jones
Soul II Soul – Keep on Movin’
Queen – Hammer to Fall
White Lies – Farewell to the Playground
Girls Aloud – Love Machine
 
It was going so well until the last track!
 
What am I look forward to on the trip?: Excited to see what Botswana has to offer.
 
Most nervous about?: Sharing a room with Liam, from experience wicketkeepers are a fragrant bunch.
 
Even though this is my 5th project the exciting of what the trip holds in store is just as high as any other trip. As long as I can I will always volunteer for CWB as the work it does is amazing and I’m so proud to be part of this family.