Every year during our peak season Camp Borneo welcomes back a few familiar faces to help out as interns. These are usually past gappers or students who have joined us on a trip before and just can’t stand to be away! This blog has been written by Chris and Laura who were interns last year in Borneo and enjoyed it so much that they’re coming back again this year. It’s hard work and long hours but the rewards are clear as you will see from their blog below.
Camps International Blog
Hey Guys!! Sophie and Harry are both off today so I have chosen to share the story of someone who has only just signed up, but who is using his current skills to do something a bit unusual. Plus it is not affecting his GCSE revision sessions.
Let me leave James to tell you all about it...
Hello! My name is James Ford and I'm going to Ecuador for the trekking expedition in 2016!!! I am looking forward to going and seeing what it's like!
We are very privileged to be hosting a small team of documentary filmmakers at our Bongkud camp for the next 4 weeks. They will spend their time there filming stories from the community as well as conducting filmmaking workshops with members of the community, helping them to tell the story of their lives. They will learn how to make the films and then be given the chance to make their own 2-3 minute piece, which will then be show-pieced back to the community in an exhibition as well as placed on the BigStories.com.au platform for the world to see.
Hey guys! Amazing Friday is here! Finally! Woooooooo!!!!
A new voice for you this week -------------> Hazza!!! (that's me!) :)
I've been working for Camps for about 3 years now, since my expedition to Borneo with my school back in 2011. Basically I have now joined the fundraising team to help our volunteers raise all their cash through fundraising alone - just as I did!!
It was a huge blessing to have a dedicated team of 19 pax from Avon Valley School (UK) last Month.This group spent two weeks in Tsavo doing a community project work at Sasenyi Primary School; School located in the rurals of Kenya-Tsavo Region. They got engaged on making 10 desks for 20 children who have been siting on the floor due to lack of chairs and they desperately needed desks in class.The group loved the experience in Kenya and mentioned the trip as an eye opening to them.......................................
Just another manic Friday! I know the song is meant to be Monday, but oh well, I’m the master of my own destiny and I will rewrite songs if I want to!... You can tell it has been a long week can’t you? Please excuse me being slightly mad, but I guess it is no different to how everyone around the office sees me day in and day out!
Moving swiftly on, our Fundraising Friday Star today is a rather incredible one! It definitely caught my eye, and I’m sure it will catch yours too… Meet Chris, and his amazing mum Tammy!
Joining in our global efforts, we have recently initiated "The Camps Effect" campaign in Borneo. In March, we were able to organise a gathering at the community kindergarten supported by teachers and parents, handing over school supplies to 5 children from Tinangol village.
There are many things that are just a little bit different in this part of the world, Easter is one of them. Many years ago, as a 16 year old in Mexico, I witnessed my first non-bonnet Easter parade. The entire 14 Stations of the Cross were reenacted, complete with the hanging of Judas played by my friend Edgar. I vividly remember watching him being strung up from the tree at our local bus-stop as women wept and the younger folk giggled and booed. As his legs dangled he winked at me, clearly trying to reassure me that this was all quite normal and safe.
It is Friday again and time for the weekend to begin, which means time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Some of you are lucky enough to already be outside enjoying it thanks to the Easter holidays!
It’s hard not to love a place where the local wild life meet you with such obvious disdain, not even blinking an eye lid as they continue to sun themselves on the backs of boats and park benches or waddle their way along the board walk. Their cavalier, ‘seen one tourist seen them all’ attitude only serves to make them more adorable and worthy of stalking for that ultimate ‘sealfie’.