15 January 2011
The International Centre Goa (ICG) was abuzz with Climate Champions arriving from all over the world. Setting the scene was an orientation into the programme and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the camp. This was followed by a fun icebreaker where the group, many of whom were meeting for the first time got to know each other and their projects a little better. On a green note, each one in the group planted a sapling symbolizing the start of the camp. The formal inauguration which began at 7.00 in the evening was graced by the presence and encouraging words of Ms Nandini Sahai, Director ICG, Mr Dileep Deobagkar, Vice Chancellor Goa University and Charlie Walker, Director Programmes, British Council. The evening came to an end with some authentic Goan cuisine accompanied by some fabulous toe tapping Portuguese music.
What a great start to the camp!
By Joanne, Chathurangi & Sikander, International Climate Champions, Srilanka
Our journey to the ICC International Camp began in the wee hours of the morning, with our flight scheduled to leave Colombo just a minute past mid-night. However, after encountering a delay of about 2 hours we finally left for Mumbai at 2:30am and reached our transit hotel at 6am sharp. Then it was a quick breakfast and we were off again to the domestic airport where we had to catch a connecting flight to Goa. We were welcomed at the airport from where it was a 45 minute drive to the International Center Goa, which will be our home for the next week. Once again, after a quick round of refreshments, we were able to take part in an ice-breaker event. Following this we attended the opening ceremony and press conference of the International Camp on Coastal Eco-systems Management. Following these formalities was dinner accompanied by a Portugese music display and a series of beautiful cultural dances. And thus ends day one of the International Camp.
Sri-Lankan representations signing off.
By A H Tehzeeb, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh
We woke up at 6.30 am took a bath and packed our bag. After finishing our breakfast we met Chetan Mehta from British Council. He traveled with us all the way to Goa. We reached Goa at around 3.00 pm. International Center Goa welcomed us. About 3.30 pm we were gathered in the conference room for the introduction session.
We went around the ICG and got a brief idea of the place. All of us planted a sapling each. After that we got 30 minutes to prepare ourselves for the inaugural session. We had our inaugural session at 7.00 pm. After that the dinner was served with Portuguese music. The music was really nice and we enjoyed it a lot.