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Reported by on 22nd August 2017

A parents’ guide to gap year planning

A parents’ guide to gap year planning

Is your child planning a gap year? As a parent, it can be a daunting process supporting your child through this important year of their life and making sure they make the best use of their time to ensure this year is fulfilling, rewarding and a positive building block towards their future. There are lots of opportunities out there for young people, and you want to make sure your child gets the most out of it – but where to...

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Are you looking for the opportunity to do something truly amazing?

There has never been a better time to make a real difference to the lives of some of the poorest people in Africa, Asia and South America. You may be looking for the opportunity to escape for a few weeks, to learn more about you and how you fit into the wider world, to explore how your skills can help to transform lives and futures. Since we launched in 2002, over 22,000 volunteers have travelled with us – each one...

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Build your own path to success – make a trip with impact your first step

With the pressure of school and the big build up to results day, it can be easy to become very focused on one particular direction – achieving the ‘right’ grades, going to university, working towards a specific career. It’s really important to remember at this time that there is no single path to success. Life is a journey with many twists and turns and not always one set destination. Most people take a few different routes on their journey throughout...

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Top reasons why people who travel make the best employees

At Camps International we firmly believe that taking the time to travel and volunteer to help people less fortunate is a huge and important life experience. It can be easy to underestimate how valuable this experience is and all the benefits it brings to the individuals involved. We believe travellers make the best employees because: 1. They are prepared to step outside their comfort zone From the moment they start looking at destinations to travel to, that comfort zone is...

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5 things every school-leaver should consider on results day

Whatever your results, there are lots of options open to you Whether you don’t do as well as you’d hoped or get better results than you anticipated, there are lots of avenues you can take. With your results in hand, you’re in the best position now to make informed decisions about your next steps – whether that’s looking into clearing, considering an apprenticeship or work or deciding to take some time out to re-consider your options.   You don’t have...

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Reported by on 07th August 2017

Make your gap year count – trips with real impact

Make your gap year count – trips with real impact

Every one of our gap programmes offers a real and authentic cultural experience. Living in camps alongside local people you will immerse yourself in rural village life. We operate across 3 continents, in 6 countries and on over 100 community, wildlife and environmental projects at any one time. Our promise is to commit long term to being a part of the community. Every project we start, we finish, without compromise. As a social enterprise we have philanthropic objectives at our heart....

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Reported by on 02nd August 2017

Immersing myself in Camp Esmeraldas

Immersing myself in Camp Esmeraldas

Imagine you are on a plane heading to a beach of your choice. You’ve landed and the door of the plane opens. Instantly your hair feels heavier, skin thicker and the hot breeze in your face makes the clothes you’re currently wearing feel inappropriate for the weather that surrounds you. OK, you got me, you're not on a plane nor on a beach, you are in fact getting off a bus full of tools and bags at Camp Esmeraldas. I...

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Reported by on 27th July 2017

Your chance to take on the world

Your chance to take on the world

A gap trip with impact is about more than just a holiday or some fun in the sun – it’s about challenging yourself and stretching your comfort zone, becoming part of a community and learning about a new culture, and most of all it’s about making a real difference to the lives of people in need.   Whether you take a month or a year, what you do in your gap can help to shape your future. We all know...

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Reported by on 21st July 2017

The 6 top gap year fears dispelled

The 6 top gap year fears dispelled

If you’re thinking about taking a gap year, it’s only natural to have a few questions about what to expect and how it will impact your future. After all, it’s one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – decision you will have made in your life so far. We’ve taken on 6 of the most common questions asked by gappers and explained how you can make sure you’re prepared for taking on this exciting and truly life-changing adventure....

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Reported by on 13th July 2017

Camps International travel bucket list

Camps International travel bucket list

The travel bucket list – every adventure-seeker has one. It’s that ultimate list of travel experiences we want to achieve in our lifetime. Whatever you’ve got on yours, a trip with Camps International will help you accomplish those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you’ve been dreaming about. Check out the complete Camps International travel bucket list below.   Visit Angkor Wat The mystical, sprawling temples of Angkor Wat are a fascinating place to explore Cambodia’s rich history and culture. Catching the beautiful...

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Trending this year – check out our top 10 programmes

Looking for gap trip inspiration? Take a look at our 10 most popular programmes over the last year. Where will your adventure take you?   Healthcare Volunteering We launched our amazing Healthcare Volunteering programme in Kenya in 2011 and since then over 175 dedicated healthcare professionals have travelled with us, helping to deliver essential medical care to over 27,000 people. We have had so much support for this incredible programme, we’ve launched an additional departure date in 2018. If you...

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9 reasons why overseas volunteering can help boost your future

There is no doubt, volunteering anywhere, at any time, is an exceptionally valuable activity. The skills, experience and activities you undertake will help to shape you as an individual and your future and provide vital support to those who benefit from the projects you are volunteering on. Overseas volunteering takes you even further, outside of your comfort zone and requires you to test a few more skills. It’s no secret that getting into employment has become increasingly competitive, therefore demonstrating...

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Reported by on 26th June 2017

Discovering Tsavo – Kenya gap team June 2017

Discovering Tsavo – Kenya gap team June 2017

Our Kenya volunteers have had an exciting start to their African adventure. We've been catching up with them about what they've been up to since arriving in Camp Tsavo - check out their blog below.   On arrival at the airport we were introduced to a Camps International team member who led us to the others who had already arrived. We gave our own introductions at the airport and got to know each other whilst waiting for a few more...

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Reported by on 23rd June 2017

When is the perfect time to take a gap year?

When is the perfect time to take a gap year?

Whether you choose to take a gap year before or after going to university, or enjoy a gap trip without taking a whole year out, you can be sure it’s going to be a life-changing and extremely rewarding experience. Taking time out of your studies or before starting work is a big decision, and it’s important to think about the time that works best for you. There’s no right or wrong answer and your situation, priorities and feelings will be...

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The Camps Effect: Our impact on healthcare and sanitation

Access to basic healthcare and hygienic toilets and washing facilities is something many of us take for granted – but it is still a huge problem faced by billions of people in some of the poorest and most remote communities in the world. It is estimated that proper facilities for water, sanitation and hygiene has the potential to prevent at least 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of all deaths*. We work closely with local communities in Africa,...

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Reported by on 02nd June 2017

Callum’s Trip to Borneo

Callum’s Trip to Borneo

Another year has gone by since my last travel blog; that must mean only one thing…   On 9th May 2017, it was that time of year again that I grab my backpack, and jet off to one of our regions for a whirlwind tour of our camps and projects. This time on the agenda, Camp Borneo and Camp Cambodia.   After the 15-hour flight from London Heathrow, I arrived in Sabah’s capital; Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. The first thing I...

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The Camps Effect: one vision to make a real difference

This time nearly 15 years ago, Stuart Rees Jones, our founder and CEO had an idea, a vision for a company that would help to make a significant and genuine impact on the world. One which would help people in some of the poorest communities in the world and protect vulnerable wildlife and habitats. There was no name for what we do now, back then. In fairness, what we are today still confuses people. As a social enterprise we are...

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How you can make a real impact in just 2-4 weeks

Are you looking for something amazing, inspiring and life-changing to do with your summer holiday? Join us for a few weeks on one of our incredible volunteer programmes and help make a real difference to rural communities in Asia, Africa and South America. Our 2 and 4 week programmes offer you the perfect opportunity to get a true taste of local culture whilst making a positive and lasting impact.   Don’t underestimate how much of a difference you can make...

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Reported by on 29th April 2017

Internships with life-changing impacts

Internships with life-changing impacts

At Camps International we carefully select our internship programme to provide the perfect blend of volunteering, shadowing internationally acclaimed companies, gaining hands on experience and appreciating and immersing yourself into a new culture. Partnering with some truly inspirational organisations to deliver these exciting opportunities, we offer internships in conservation, business and agriculture, design and creativity, education, environment and engineering, and law and international studies. Whether you are thinking about joining an internship to gain a true insight into a field...

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Reported by on 28th April 2017

Life at Camp Tinangol, Borneo

Aside from working on incredible projects, exploring beautiful landscapes and meeting inspiring people, a huge part of the Camps International experience is getting to stay at our awesome camps. Built in the traditional style of the area and run by local staff, each of our camps has a distinct personality and will become your home from home during your trip. Last week we shared volunteer Joanna’s experience of life at Camp Mantanani, Borneo (have a read here). Here she shares...

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Reported by on 24th April 2017

Why travel is the ultimate back up plan

Why travel is the ultimate back up plan

Here’s the situation: Summer is fast approaching, exams are looming, you’re surrounded by a mountain of revision notes and cramming in every last piece of knowledge you can… but you may also be starting to feel a little nervous. What happens if you're results are better than you thought? What could that change? Would you still want to go to the uni you applied for our take that same path? What happens if you don’t get the results you are...

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Reported by on 18th April 2017

Life at Camp Mantanani, Borneo

Life at Camp Mantanani, Borneo

Borneo is an island rich with natural beauty, from ancient lush rainforests to stunning tropical islands, but behind the idyllic surface, the island faces a wide range of problems. With permanent camps based in Borneo since 2009, Camps International volunteers have been helping to conserve the country’s natural resources and make a real difference to the lives of people in rural communities. One of our lovely travellers Joanna has recently returned from a 3-month Asia trip, spending time in our camps...

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Help us deliver medical care to another 27,000 people in Kenya

In 2011, with the help of an inspirational travel nurse, we joined forces and launched our Healthcare Outreach Programme in Kenya. During the past 5 years, over 175 volunteers have travelled to Kenya, volunteering 2 weeks of their time each year to deliver essential medical care and treatments to over 27,000 people. Our volunteers run free community clinics, offering treatments, medication and testing for a whole range of conditions. Their patients walk miles and have often suffered for months, or...

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One person, working as part of an amazing team, can transform lives, not only now but forever

In a time where there is unrest around the world, it can sometimes feel like we have no control over what we do or where the world is going. There is one way you can change this feeling and bring about real change. At Camps we are a global family, a complete mixture of different cultures, backgrounds, experiences and religions. We all work together with amazing volunteers (and hopefully you) to make a real, tangible and positive impact on the...

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Reported by on 05th April 2017

Camp Kenya School Trip Blog

Kenya has taught us more than we thought it would. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. As the week progressed we connected not only with each other but also with the community. The first couple of days at Itinyi Primary School, was an eye-opening experience. Arrival to Itinyi School Although we all knew we were privileged and blessed, having a first-hand experience with the kids gave us a whole new perspective on life; not only because they valued their...

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Reported by on 03rd April 2017

10 ways travel can boost your career

10 ways travel can boost your career

Whether you’re stuck in a rut and looking to take a career break or eager to make the best of your time between studies and starting work, travel can have a fantastic impact on your future. Here are ten of the ways your gap travel experience can boost your career.   1. It teaches you to communicate with people from different backgrounds. Whichever career path you’re aiming for, the ability to have a conversation with a diverse range of people will be...

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Reported by on 30th March 2017

Hospital Heroes Needed in Kenya – November 2017

Hospital Heroes Needed in Kenya – November 2017

In November we will be running our second hospital staff to help transform the lives of patients and deliver much needed support to Msambweni Hospital in Kenya. Following on from the success of last year's launch our amazing volunteers delivered medical care to over 2,000 adults and children in Kenya and you can help to make all the difference in 2017. No matter what role you currently do, your skills, experience and advice will be invaluable as you get stuck into...

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Reported by on 28th March 2017

How to travel sustainably

How to travel sustainably

Tourism is growing at an ever-faster pace, but with these increased opportunities for travel come added pressures on local environments, communities and cultural heritage. In order to protect these precious environments and ensure the same wonders are there to see for generations to come, it is important to travel in a sustainable and responsible way. Sustainable travel is all about minimising any harm caused to natural and cultural environments so that tourism is able to continue there in the future. This means...

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Reported by on 24th March 2017

The benefits of travel

The benefits of travel

You'll never be able to predict everything that will happen whilst travelling (that's part of the fun of it) but there is one thing you can be sure of - your trip will definitely change you, and for the better.   Your comfort zone will get a whole lot wider There's no way around it, at times travelling will push you to your limits both mentally and physically. Whether it's trekking through the heat to reach that must-see vista at...

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Volunteering at university can transform you and your future

It’s sometimes easy to forget how much impact something as simple as a volunteering trip whilst at uni can have on your future. Choosing, booking and experiencing an overseas volunteering trip has many benefits to you, not only now, but long into your future. Here’s a snapshot of some the top ones. It shows you have initiative The vast majority of students choose and hopefully complete their course. Some get a job whilst at uni. Some undertake placements. Very few...

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Reported by Sarah Brown on 20th February 2017

Volunteering With Camps International in East Africa

Volunteering With Camps International in East Africa

We’ve now been at this Camp Muhaka for two weeks, and despite the sadness we felt when leaving Tsavo Camp, this Camp has made us feel like our home and has opened many more opportunities for our Gap Year expedition. The camp is a 30-minute drive from the beach, which has been perfect and good spot for R&R days. Whilst in Muhaka we’ve experienced the Kenyan night life at Forty Thieves, our favorite bar and restaurant located on the beach...

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Reported by Camps International on 04th February 2017

Hospital heroes needed

Hospital heroes needed

In the UK we are exceptionally lucky to have an army of exceptional heroes working in our NHS every day. The teams of doctors, nurses and support staff work incredibly hard and deliver care of the highest possible standard 24 hours a day, every day. Last year we put a call out asking for these hospital heroes to join us and travel to Kenya for 2 weeks to work alongside the heroes working in very different and often difficult circumstances....

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Expeditions change lives, yours and theirs – why don’t you join us?

At Camps International we are passionate about enabling real change, here in the UK and across Africa, Asia and South America. We are an award-winning school expedition provider with nearly 15 years experience in delivering amazing life-changing trips for students in schools and colleges. As a social enterprise, making a real difference to the lives of the people we work with in rural communities and the lives of our volunteers is at the heart of what we do. We truly...

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Reported by on 27th January 2017

Be the change you want to see in the world

It’s not often you get the opportunity to travel to an amazing destination, work on life-changing projects, meet inspiring people, create unforgettable memories and change your and other people’s lives forever. At Camps International we offer international volunteer trips which enable you to do all of these things. Truly giving you the chance to make a real difference and change the world, one project at a time. Whether you are on a gap year, looking for something to do during...

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Reported by Guest Blogger - Rebecca on 26th January 2017

Peru Taught Me A Lot

Peru Taught Me A Lot

I have lived in Cornwall my whole life, which is where I think my love of exploring has come from. Even now, at 22 years old, there are so many places in this little county that I haven’t been, but can’t wait to find. The outdoors is just a part of who I am, somewhere that I love to be. As you can imagine, a career in accountancy, day-to-day, doesn’t fit into this outdoorsy lifestyle. At 18 I started working...

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Reported by Laura on 12th January 2017

Top Tips on Saving for Your Gap Trip

Top Tips on Saving for Your Gap Trip

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year (after school/college, before you go to uni, or even as a career break) there are plenty of opportunities to have the time of your life. If you think you can’t afford it, think again. We’ve put together our top tips to get you saving for your volunteering adventure, turning your dream volunteering trip into a reality. Setting a budget To start, you’ll need a rough idea of your budget so you know...

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Reported by Stu on 10th January 2017

Social Enterprise: No Longer Just ‘A Thing’

Social Enterprise: No Longer Just ‘A Thing’

Social Enterprise is ‘a thing’ now but it certainly wasn’t when we kicked off 15 years ago.  When we started talking to people about our concept, the most common question was, ‘so are you a business or a charity?’ Fifteen years feels like a lifetime for us as we have lived and breathed Camps since day one.  In the big scheme of things, it’s not so long though and it’s amazing to see how far the social movement has come. ...

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Reported by Laura on 06th January 2017

Why Should You Travel This Year?

Why Should You Travel This Year?

January is the perfect time for change. With a whole year ahead, now is the opportunity to plan a fresh start. Whether you’re looking to develop your skills, enhance your job prospects or simply have a once in a life time adventure, travel ticks all these boxes. Life’s ‘How To” Travel and personal development go hand in hand, so if you’re looking to enhance your skills and do good, volunteering whilst travelling is a great way of achieving this. Arguably,...

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Reported by on 22nd December 2016

New Year, New You, New Adventure

New Year, New You, New Adventure

Do you start every new year full of excitement and optimism for what you can achieve in the next 12 months? Would you like to make a resolution that can change your and other people’s futures for the better, forever? Did you know that travelling is one of the best ways to demonstrate your skills and prove the capabilities you have to future employers? It can also help to build your confidence, gain a better understanding of your true capabilities...

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Reported by on 22nd December 2016

Tick something off your bucket list in 2017

Tick something off your bucket list in 2017

Why not make a resolution for 2017 you can not only stick to, but thoroughly enjoy and book a trip with impact that can also tick something off your bucket list? We have a wide range of adventures available in Africa, Asia and South America from visiting breath-taking historical sites to seeing the ‘Big 5’ on safari, jungle treks, island adventures and scuba diving.   The #1 place to visit on the planet – Angkor Wat, Cambodia You could visit...

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Camps Foundation: Project Update – the Camps Effect in full swing

At Camps International we believe in doing things differently. Not content with just being a company, we’re a social enterprise - focused specifically on changing lives across 3 continents for the better. Not content with just being a social enterprise, we’re a social enterprise with a charity, one that focuses on enhancing the work our volunteers do and ensuring between charity and social enterprise that every project we start, we finish. This summer was our biggest ever, with over 1700...

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Reported by on 10th December 2016

Which life-changing project would you like to join?

Which life-changing project would you like to join?

Next year will be our 15th birthday. We will be celebrating – celebrating our volunteers, celebrating making the vision of a social enterprise that could help to change the world into a thriving reality and ultimately helping to change the lives of over 35,000 people for the better, forever. As we look ahead to next year, our focus remains on keeping our charitable and social goals at the heart of everything we do. At any one time we have over 100...

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Reported by on 24th November 2016

Internships with impact – law and human rights

Internships with impact – law and human rights

Have you studied law, or perhaps newly into practicing law? Maybe you’re currently working as a lawyer and looking for an opportunity to support people in a rural community who struggle to get their voices heard or their rights protected? Camps International run internships in Borneo, partnering with a local organisation PACOS to support their programme of protecting the local people and give them legal support and advice.   Intro to internships Internships with Camps International provide the perfect opportunity...

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A volunteering trip with impact – uncovering Cambodia

Every trip we offer through Camps International has creating impact at the heart of the experience. This impact is on you as the traveller, giving you a real and authentic insight into the communities most in need in rural areas of Cambodia. You’ll stay within our camps, located within the communities you’ll be supporting through life-changing project work. You’ll meet some truly amazing people. They have very little, but their warmth, compassion and desire to get to know every volunteer...

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Reported by on 03rd November 2016

Discover Peru and help to change lives

Discover Peru and help to change lives

Peru offers a breath-taking world of contrasts, from sprawling desert and some of the deepest canyons in the world, to mountain glaciers and intense jungle. The vibrant clothing of the locals will open your eyes to a culture of one of the world’s most ancient civilisations. Alongside exploring the distinctive manmade floating reed villages on Lake Titicaca you’ll get the chance to trek the Salkantay Trail and tick visiting the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu off your bucket list. At...

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Reported by on 26th October 2016

Improving futures in Ecuador

Improving futures in Ecuador

Since 2011 we have been working on supporting rural communities within Ecuador. Looking to help people within these communities implement real solutions to the challenges they are facing. With the help of our amazing volunteers from schools, universities and independent travellers, we have already made significant developments to help thousands of people. To do more, we need more volunteers who are looking for an opportunity to not only visit this exciting and biodiverse landscape but to help change lives through...

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Reported by on 22nd October 2016

Unforgettable family trips with impact

Unforgettable family trips with impact

Are you looking for a family trip in 2017 that with a difference and that will make a massive impact on your family along with changing lives for people in Kenya? Did you know at Camps International that we run dedicated family trips to explore and undertake project work in Kenya? These 2 week trips are specially designed for families with children aged 5 years old and over who are looking for an alternative, exciting trip. It’s the perfect chance...

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Reported by on 30th September 2016

9 reasons why people who travel make the best employees

9 reasons why people who travel make the best employees

At Camps International we firmly believe that taking the time to travel and volunteer to help people less fortunate is a huge and important life experience. It can be easy to underestimate how valuable this experience is and all the benefits it brings to the individuals involved. We believe travellers make the best employees because: 1. They are prepared to step outside their comfort zone From the moment they start looking at destinations to travel to, that comfort zone is...

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Reported by on 22nd September 2016

Bournemouth & Northampton Uni adventures in Borneo

Bournemouth & Northampton Uni adventures in Borneo

This summer, I travelled to Borneo as part of the joint Bournemouth & Northampton University group. I have always enjoyed being a volunteer and doing something meaningful, but also wanted to better myself. I believed Camp Borneo would let me do all that and get me out of my comfort zone. Before we started our journey, the help we received from our RAG team was immensely helpful for fundraising. In addition, The Camps International team helped us with all pre-departure...

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Reported by on 20th September 2016

Internships with impact: environment and engineering

Internships with impact: environment and engineering

If you are considering a career or studying within the environmental, sustainable resource management, engineering or food science industries, we have launched 4 and 6 week internships in environment and engineering. The focus is on developing sustainable natural resource management, food production, water, sanitation and waste management in Borneo.   request a free brochure Intro to internships Internships with Camps International provide the perfect opportunity to work alongside some of the most forward thinking and exciting organisations that are directly...

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Reported by on 16th September 2016

Changing lives in Kenya

Changing lives in Kenya

Camps International launched it’s very first Camp in Kenya in 2002. Kenya therefore holds a very special place in our heart and our commitment to improving lives in Kenya is the same now as it was when we launched. Feeding programme, Sasenyi Primary School There are currently 720 students enrolled at Sasenyi Primary School on the outskirts of Rukinga wildlife sanctuary. Prolonged drought conditions have resulted in deteriorating food security in the area. People living here are desperately poor. We...

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Reported by on 08th September 2016

International Literacy Day – the sky’s the limit

International Literacy Day – the sky’s the limit

In 1965, UNESCO launched International Literacy Day in the hope that it would enable increased accessibility to education in developing nations. This years' campaign, launched through the World Literacy Foundation is The Sky's the Limit and we encourage everyone to try and raise the awareness of the challenges students in developing countries have to access education and become literate. request a free brochure Education is a core project focus for Camps International and our charity Camps Foundation. In February 2015 through the...

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Reported by on 06th September 2016

Internships with impact: education, design & creativity

Internships with impact: education, design & creativity

If you are considering a career within teaching fields or perhaps hoping to work in the creative world of filmmaking, photography or graphic design, we offer some fantastic internships in Borneo. request a free brochure Intro to internships Internships with Camps International provide the perfect opportunity to work alongside one of the most forward thinking and exciting organisations in Borneo that are directly tackling some of the major challenges facing their environment. Our internships in education, design and creativity include...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 30th August 2016

Kenya Sports Training Mission – SDX 2016

Kenya Sports Training Mission – SDX 2016

Our team of Sports Development Expedition (SDX) is having an amazing sports experience in Tsavo Camp; Committed to nurturing sports talent on local youth and train over 150 students in sports at Sasenyi school... As a group of young travelers, visiting Kenya provides us with a unique opportunity to pass on our knowledge and understanding of sport to a local community in need of sporting facilities and coaching. Across all languages and cultures, sport remains equally important as it brings a great sense...

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Internships with impact: conservation, business & agriculture

If you are considering a career in or have a passion to support wildlife conservation, zoology, business, agriculture, food science or environmental studies we have a range of internships perfect for you. Intro to internships Internships with Camps International provide the perfect opportunity to work alongside some of the most forward thinking and exciting organisations that are directly tackling some of the major challenges facing our environment. Every one of our internships includes 2-4 weeks of working alongside one of...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd August 2016

A MONTH OF SAWING, SANDING AND HAMMERING

A MONTH OF SAWING, SANDING AND HAMMERING

Over the past month  of August, seventeen Gap volunteers moved into the coastal Camp Tanga in Tanzania and have been working solidly on the construction of fifteen school desks and a house for one of the villagers that previous volunteers had started. Great team of Gap Volunteers request a free brochure We set a target of building five desks on each of the three weeks we were working at the school, but we managed to saw, sand and hammer our...

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Reported by on 18th August 2016

Surviving Results Day

Surviving Results Day

The big day has finally arrived, the day you’ve either been looking forward to or trying to forget about; it’s A-Level results day! We really hope you all got the results you were hoping for and you’ll be celebrating for the rest of the day. For those who haven't quite got the results or University place you expected, there are loads of options. If your results are worse, or better than expected, the process of going through clearing to take...

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Reported by on 06th August 2016

Trips with impact: Peru snapshot

Trips with impact: Peru snapshot

Peru offers a truly breath-taking world of contrasts, from vast expanses of desert to some of the deepest canyons in the world, stunning glaciers and intense jungle. Here's a snapshot of some of our favourite images which capture why the vibrant colours of Peru make it such a popular destination for travel. Stunning scenery The amazing scenery Peru has to offer includes the ancient ruins of Macchu Pichu, floating reed villages on Lake Titicaca and the chance to glimpse the...

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Reported by on 05th August 2016

Parent guide: is your child taking a gap year?

Parent guide: is your child taking a gap year?

With just a couple of weeks to go until A Level results are out, you and your child may be starting to think about those results and the next steps. Even if the results are not what you or they hoped they would be, we can assure you it’s not the end of the world. There are many options available to them to make the best of the situation. From clearing to resits, changing course or university, looking into apprenticeships,...

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Reported by on 27th July 2016

Enhancing lives in Ecuador

Enhancing lives in Ecuador

At Camps International we have been working to enhance lives in some of the poorest communities in Ecuador for over 5 years. During this time we have built classrooms in schools, planted hundreds of trees to help combat deforestation and supported wildlife conservation projects. Our unique approach As a social enterprise, our philanthropic approach means we focus on ensuring that everyone benefits from the projects we run. Local communities benefit by us working collaboratively with them to tackle the challenges they...

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Reported by on 22nd July 2016

Gap programmes with real impact

Gap programmes with real impact

Every one of our Gap programmes offers a real and authentic cultural experience. Living in camps alongside local people you will immerse yourself in rural village life. We operate across 3 continents, in 6 countries and on over 100 humanitarian projects at any one time. Our promise is to commit long term to being a part of the community. Every project we start, we finish, without compromise. As a social enterprise we have philanthropic objectives at our heart. We tackle problems...

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Reported by on 21st July 2016

Take on the world with Camps

Take on the world with Camps

Taking a gap year is becoming a more and more popular option - even Presidential daughters are taking up the trend. It’s an opportunity to travel, see the world, be part of a different community and have a real impact on the lives of those in need. Whether you take a month or a year, what you do in your gap can help to shape your future. We all know people around the world are currently facing huge and varied challenges....

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Reported by on 05th July 2016

The Camps Effect 2016

The Camps Effect 2016

So far our projects have benefitted over 35,000 of the poorest people, supporting them towards a brighter future. We’re also helping to protect some of the most important wildlife habitats on Earth. With your help, we can achieve even more this year. In our updated report about the direct impact our charitable foundation is having we could not be more excited to share with you a few of the highlights. The Camps Foundation commits to a ‘100% Giving’ guarantee, meaning...

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Reported by Kat on 01st July 2016

The benefits of taking a gap year

The benefits of taking a gap year

92% of students choosing a gap year do so to gain life experience* – What would you like yours to be? It’s easy to dismiss or underestimate the true value of taking a gap year, an experience which will stay with you and potentially change your outlook on life forever. There are no set rules to taking a gap year; although we call them ‘Gap years’ the timescales of these trips usually vary from a few weeks to months, or...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 21st June 2016

DECENT MOVE TO AFRICAN CULTURE

DECENT MOVE TO AFRICAN CULTURE

A quick update from our Gappers in Kenya .... Thirteen volunteers arrived at Camp Muhaka and the surroundings are absolutely beautiful; the Camp and the staff were all prepared for our arrival, we had a very warm welcome from everyone! We all got unpacked and showered ready for our first night in Camp, getting to know each other and going for a wander through the village. Meeting the locals, seeing the school and viewing the house which we would be working...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 16th May 2016

Africa Project Blog (Sasenyi, Tsavo)-Sasenyi Classroom Construction

Africa Project Blog (Sasenyi, Tsavo)-Sasenyi Classroom Construction

'A Change is as good as a rest ' Said Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930); One of the biggest commitment of Camps International is to institute positive change in Africa, particularly to the less fortunate communities by providing the suitable environment for pupil's learning; through improving of Educational infrastructures and facilities of schools that are settled in the remote areas  and that receive limited or none financial support from the respective government institution. The Sasenyi Primary School is Situated in...

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Reported by Hannah on 11th April 2016

Camps International join the American Gap Association!

Camps International join the American Gap Association!

Gap-year programmes are changing the way U.S. students and their families think about the path to a college education. In response to an increase in American students taking gap-years and recognition that such experiences have a positive impact on their achievement; a team of leading education and gap-year experts have joined together to support a trusted accreditation organisation, the American Gap Association (AGA). The AGA, who are recognised by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, are...

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Reported by Mel on 21st March 2016

Community Outreach Programme – Timbang Batu

Community Outreach Programme – Timbang Batu

Kampung (meaning village) Timbang Batu is located  approximately 2 KM radius or 4.5km by road from Camp Tinangol. There are about 500 estimated population in this Rungus community. 2013, was the year when we first visited this village through our local relations from Tinangol after an informal invitation. Like all of our permanent camps we took time to get to know our neighbours in building a long lasting relationship. On our initial visits to Timbang Batu, we were introduced to...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 17th March 2016

Gappers Blog- Kidia Tanzania

Gappers Blog- Kidia Tanzania

Earlier February 2016 we moved from Camp Tsavo, Kenya to Tanzania our third Camp Kidia! It is an amazing Camp located 1800 meters up Mt Kilimanjaro, nestled in coffee farms, banana and mango trees. To acquaint ourselves, we were taken for a village tour. We walked to the Fumvhu local primary school where we were informed by our leader that we will help refurbishing a classroom wall and floor. The road had steep hills and as we walk down we...

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Reported by Keely on 16th March 2016

Keely’s travels to Ecuador!

Keely’s travels to Ecuador!

So, as some of you know I work for Camps on the independent travel team, part of my role consists of helping people find their perfect trip and ensuring they are ready before jetting off. I look after the South America region and liaise quite heavily with our teams in Peru and Ecuador. This February I was lucky enough to journey overseas to Ecuador to meet our teams, our camps, projects and the regions we work in. I have done...

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Reported by on 15th March 2016

Callum’s Trip to Peru!

Callum’s Trip to Peru!

Hola! On 26th February 2016 I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to jet off to Peru for 10 days – here is a brief overview of what I got up to! 3 flights later and I finally arrived in to the sprawling city of Arequipa – Peru’s second most populous city with just under 900,000 inhabitants. I was very lucky with the weather whilst I was there with the stunning Misti volcano which towers over the city,...

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