Hi again! We have a couple of members in a similar place in West. West actually started out as a development/training alliance, with East of the Equator as the semi-competitive sister alliance, but West re-branded in 2021 because we were not finding a ton of people looking for a development alliance. Anyway, as a result, we have quite a few members who are interested in helping with training (although, to be fair, we prefer that people ask questions, because unsolicited advice can become irritating).
I joined East of the Equator back when it was a single alliance, and I stayed – and eventually moved over to lead West when we expanded – because the Equator group was so kind and supportive. I’m not trying a hard sell here, but if the training and individual attention is the sticking point, I think it is not an insurmountable difficulty.