Archive for July 2013

Recruiting Volunteer Advisory Board Member (Finance)

(Reposted from the Digital Campus website)

To strengthen our financial and grant management, we are currently looking to recruit a volunteer Advisory Board Member with financial management experience. The key skills and experience we are looking for include:

  • Experience of providing financial management advice and oversight
  • Experience of the not-for-profit/charity sector
  • Implementing best practice for managing donor funded projects
  • Budgeting, cash flow and financial forecasting

Our expectation is that this role would involve a commitment of 1-2 days per month. The Digital Campus team are all home-based workers, so our board meetings are usually held via skype at the end of each month.

You can view some more details and apply for the position via the CharityJob website. If you have any queries about the role, then please feel free to contact

Canyoning in Sierra de Guara

Photos from this weekend canyoning in Sierra de Guara, Barranco d’Os Cochas on Saturday (took us just over 12 hours in all) and Barranco Sarratanas on Sunday:

Woodwork project – bookcase

p1000614.resizedIt’s been a long long time since I did any woodworking – bascially since before I first went to Ethiopia several years ago – and wanted to get back into it. It’s a little tricky here in Spain since I’m living in a flat so don’t have the space for a workshop (like I used to have in UK) nor all my tools. But there’s plenty of space out in the garden here, so I’ve just built a new bookcase.

It’s fairly basic design and was easy to build using only a few hand tools – and no screws/nails or glue were used in this. Note that the varying lengths/placement of the shelves is by design – not a mistake! I finished the bookcase using some homemade polish (using the “recipe” here:

Travesía Azpilicueta-Reñada

p1000719.resizedThis weekend I was back caving in Cantrabria, doing the Travesía Azpilicueta-Reñada. It was really good to do a traverse (entering via one hole, and exiting via another) rather than always going back up the same way, especially since the initial entrance (Azpilicueta) involves a descent of almost 300m. The final part of the initial descent was quite wet – abseiling through a waterfall. “The Duck” section was apparently unusually dry, but then the final third of the cave was very muddy (as you can see from the photos). In total it took us 10 hours, which was a little longer than we’d first expected – and doesn’t include the couple of hours we spent looking for the entrance in the first place!

On Sunday we spent quite a while cleaning all the equipment up, before heading to the beach at Laredo for a few hours.

Gredos mountains

p1000688Have just spent the weekend up in the Gredos mountains (about 2.5 hours drive from Madrid), hoping to escape the heat of Madrid (it’s been over 36c most of the last week). It was still really hot even up in the mountains, but fortunately there were plenty of places to swim in the river to cool down. On Saturday during the day we spent a few hours walking up Senda de la Garganta de Bohoyo. Then in the early evening we went up to the Laguna de los Caballeros (about 4-5 hours walk), where we slept out just in our sleeping bags – even though it’s over 2000m up, it was warm and dry enough to sleep out, following morning we returned the same way, stopping off for a swim before heading back to Madrid.