We talk to past volunteer Dima Rizk on how her experience with Camps International has helped her to achieve great things!
Camps International Blog - borneo
Late last year we were asked by the UK online Magazine - Trek and Mountain for an interview for a "local hero". The Local Heroes section basically involves hearing from the guys on the ground (local porters, chefs, trek leaders..) who help make trips so memorable for tourists travelling abroad to hike. We agreed to it after selecting a local hero that would be a great fit on the specific section featuring our local hero. The interview ran in June this year and published for Trek and Mountain.
What's life like in Camps this summer? Faye and Ellie wants to share their experience here ... :-)
6am- woken up by the gong/ Lydia because our watch was wrong. Then breakfast time, with once again rice (our favourite) bread and jam and porridge
8am- time for our morning stroll to project work with sandy the dog, a mini jungle ten within itself. As we enter the village we were greeted by the smiles and hugs of our favourite little friends from the village.
We are a group of 28 individuals from around the UK, on an amazing adventure in Borneo. We are travelling to five different camps learning different ways of life and developing new skills.
Borneo…where do we start…
Let’s just say it’s been the most amazing experience so far; there’ve been ups, there’ve been downs, tears and laughter, but most of all , all of us have gained something (even though it’s only been 2 weeks!)
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.
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.