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.
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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.
The work at the new kindergarten project at Bongkud is progressing well, and many will recognise the project having been down at the foundation level for a while. The walls are starting to take shape with some expert bricklaying from visiting schools. This is Harrow International School from Bangkok who recently spent some time honing their trowel weilding and brick hoddying skills up at Bongkud. Thanks to the school for their hard work and thanks Bea for the photos.
We have just witnessed the handover of Bongkud community Centre in December and what a celebration we had with folks out there. We are still buzzing from that great occasion!
Over a week ago, we had yet another special occasion and this time it was the official opening of Tinangol Community Learning Centre (CLC)!
In the month of January this year, Mala, who works as Administrator at our Camps International Asia office, had the opportunity to go on a familiarization trip to Cambodia. She visited most of the interesting attractions around the area that our volunteers would have gone on their trips. Mala returned with lots of great photos, stories to tell and would love to share some of her memorable and unforgettable experiences...
The following is a press release issued for the official opening of the Bongkud Community Centre last week. It was a great occasion, befitting the awesome completed building, and the thousands of hard graft, blood, sweat and tears which went into the project over the past 3 years or so. I would like to thank everyone involved along the way, putting their heart and soul into the project.
Helping local communities: Camp Borneo officiates Asang Community Hall in Bongkud, Ranau.
It’s been an extremely rewarding few years working at Camps International since I left college and my Borneo 2011 trip with The Burgate School, watching thousands of volunteers spread hard work around the world where they have been making a real difference to the communities in which we work.
After another incredible school expedition season draws to an end, we have been lucky enough to experience some of your highlights through our annual Photographic competition, which is getting bigger and better every year! We were blown away by the number and quality of entries this year and really enjoyed seeing some of the amazing and heart-warming moments that you captured during your time with us.
It has been over 5 years since we started our relationship with the communities of Mantanani and we have become like a family and loving this place like our very own home. We have gone through many challenges on the ground in running and maintaining our community infrastructure development projects on the island; addressing environmental and social issues, and empowering children, youth and old folks alike through educational programmes, culture and traditional conservation and in all kinds of weather from storms to that beautiful sunset on a good day!
A few weeks ago Mariani, our operations Manager and I registered to attend a 3 day International Conference to be held at Sutera Harbour in town. It is the 8th Asia Pacific Conference (APECO) to be attended by over 200 delegates from 19 countries including Malaysia organised by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA).