The score for this isnít really going to affect the overall score; I expected and actually wanted to live rough Ė it was very fun! If anything it may bump the score up rather than down because I found it exciting.
During the time helping at "Base", we lived in wood huts, and were supplied with beds and a mosquito net. Don't be surprised to find lots of animals sharing the huts with you, including creepy crawlies, toads, geckos and cats. You will have to be the rather social sort too, since most (but not all) bedrooms have two beds in and so are meant to be shared with one other person.
|A wood hut.|
At the time I went there was no hot water and you washed yourself by tipping water over yourself using a jug. Toilets were traditional ones (no toilet paper - you use the jug with water and your hands) which were flushed via manual pouring of water down them (the jug again!). As you see, the jug is a vital component. One toilet is shaped more so you can sit rather than crouch, but they both function the same way.
|Left - The bathroom complete with vital jug.|
During our fieldwork we slept in the rainforest in sleeping bags. Shelter consisted of a wooden stick frame covered by tarpaulin. The floor was tarpaulin too. The main problem I found was the amount of smoke hanging around at times; a lot of the guides seem to smoke and the food is cooked on a fire and so there were times where my chest hurt. Loo facilities consisted of a river and a rock to hide behind, but it is the most picturesque surroundings for a loo I have ever seen!