Life in Camp Tinangol, well where do I start? Because it has got so many amazing qualities. I think I might start with the camp itself. It has beautiful views and a relaxing atmosphere. It is big and spacious but not too big that you have to walk for ages! It is on the edge of the jungle and the sounds are amazing. The long houses are spacious and surprisingly comfortable. They are made out of all natural materials so they blend in with the environment and it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. It is surrounded by wildlife.
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After such a long journey, arriving at Camp Tinangol was a relief. The expectations of the food were pretty low but we were all taken by surprise at how good it was and seconds were even on the cards! Sleeping in a long house on the first night was an experience, especially feeling almost exposed to the outdoors but good sleep was had all around. A 6am wake up call was a little early but we were all ready and raring to go! The walk to the project site was pretty far but everyone kept the spirits high for the day of work ahead.
Since starting this trip our comfort zones have been pushed, and it has possibly been the most fun we could have this summer. Learning to mix cement and laying bricks are skills that we can carry through our whole lives. Meeting people from different schools and different cultures has allowed us to make new friends across the world. Working hard and playing harder has been a really great mix throughout this scary and adventurous trip. Of course there have been tough patches but they have helped us to grow as individuals and as a group.
Greetings from Borneo!
It's the 3rd week into summer. We now have 14 teams in country and last group arriving in the morning. We will then be running our peak at all Camps around Borneo! It has been a really busy few weeks with arrivals and getting everyone settled in and get stuck in with all our projects and activities.
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.
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.