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Reported by Megan on 24th March 2017

Fundraising Friday Star – Conor!

Fundraising Friday Star – Conor!

Check out Conor, he has raised LOADS! In just one event he raised over 2k! Have a read through Conor's fundraising journey and be inspired, take a leaf out of his book and get cracking! Well done Conor, fab job. When I first heard about the expedition I thought it looked like an amazing opportunity and I have always wanted to go to that part of the world where Cambodia is and when I saw the activities I would be...

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Reported by Floretine on 17th March 2017

JOURNEY TO AFRICA !

JOURNEY TO AFRICA !

We were glad this year to host our first German School in our Camps. The team had a great time in Camp Tsavo and Muhaka respectively, doing projects and other adventurous activities. This is what they had to say..................... On the 3rd February 2017, we started our turbulent journey to Africa- Kenya and after about 24 hours of traveling, we arrived at Moi International Airport (MIA) in Mombasa where we were welcomed and picked up by members of Camp Kenya...

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Reported by Megan on 10th March 2017

Fundraising Friday Deposit Stars!

Fundraising Friday Deposit Stars!

Hey guys, happy Friday! Here are some fab students that have got off to a fab start raising their deposits, short but sweet, here they are to give a brief overview of how they have kicked off their fundraising brilliantly! Have a read folks.... Rhianne - First of all my mum and I set up a gofundme page to make it easier for anyone who wants to donate. We then decided to arrange my first fundraising event. I decided to...

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Reported by Megan on 24th February 2017

Top Tips when planning a Fundraiser – A students view!

Top Tips when planning a Fundraiser – A students view!

Hey guys!  Here are some fantastic 'top tips' from one of our star Fundraisers from last summer, Alex! Alex has put together these super helpful tips that will definitely come in handy when planning your own fundraising event. Check them out... Don’t be scared to ask as many businesses in your local area as possible to help donate, even if there is more than 1 company the same…they don’t contact each other. If a business offers to give you a voucher to...

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Reported by Megan on 03rd February 2017

Fundraising Friday Star – Ben!

Fundraising Friday Star – Ben!

Happy Friday! Check out this weeks Fundraising Star, Ben! Ben is working super hard on his fundraising, his journey has not long begun but he is off to the most fantastic start. Well done Ben, you are an inspiration! Have a read folks... My name is Benjamin Jordan and I am 14 years old… When I first heard about the expedition I was thrilled to be offered to go on this once in a lifetime opportunity to help the community...

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Reported by Natalie on 27th January 2017

A Taste of Tanzania

A Taste of Tanzania

Now that everything has settled since Christmas - I wanted to remind you of what it is like to be on an expedition!! We have a few stories to share with you from our staff who visited our Camps before Christmas - check out Tanzania!!   Wow! That is how I would describe Tanzania in one word; Wow!  People talk about the culture and the experience, but until you have had the joy of experiencing it yourself, it is not...

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Reported by Megan on 19th January 2017

Fundraising Journey – Amber!

Fundraising Journey – Amber!

This weeks fundraising Friday star is Amber! Here she is to share her journey with you, including some helpful hints and tips and what she has learnt on her fundraising journey so far. Take a look and be inspired, well done Amber!  So far on my fundraising journey, I am so proud of myself for the amount of money I have raised and what I have achieved. It has been quite stressful however it is totally worth it for the...

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Reported by Megan on 12th January 2017

How to organise a fundraiser

How to organise a fundraiser

Organising a successful fundraiser can be a big task, especially if you haven’t done it before. You'll need to plan every detail of your event, build a team to help make it happen, figure out your finances and plan your advertising. However, if you take the time to work through each of these steps beforehand, and bring on good help, you'll find that organising a fundraiser isn’t that difficult! Though each fundraiser will be different, you can use the following steps as...

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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 Megan on 16th December 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Joseph!

Wow! Check out this weeks fundraising friday star Joseph! He is doing so well, and so inspirational! Have a read guys..... When I first heard about the expedition I felt as though it would be an amazing experience and it will give me a chance to get out and see the world whilst I can without it affecting work or school life. It would give me a good sense of independence just before I go off to university and it...

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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 Megan on 02nd December 2016

Fundraising Journey – John!

Fundraising Journey – John!

This weeks fundraising Friday star is John! Here he is with some helpful hints and tips and what he has learnt on his fundraising journey so far. Take a look and be inspired, wahooooooo! Go John! Hi, My name is John and I am planning to go on the Cambodia trekking trip in 2017. When I first became aware of this opportunity I wanted to go on it straight away but was aware that it was a lot of money....

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Reported by Megan on 25th November 2016

How to fundraise from groups and trusts

You may be at the beginning, middle or nearing the end of your fundraising journey but you might have yet to realise that there is such a vast number of people other than friends, family and neighbours that you might not have thought of to contact for donations or sponsorship. Who to approach for donations? Do you have a local Rotary, Women’s Institute or Round Table group? These are organisations who work together to help the community, raise money for good...

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Reported by Megan on 18th November 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Izzy!

Fundraising Friday Star – Izzy!

Oh my goodness! Izzy is doing so brilliantly we just HAD to share her story with you this week. This is a perfect example of where determination can get you, Izzy used her initiative and it's seriously paid off! She is almost at her total and still going, have a read and be inspired. Well done!  When I first heard about the expedition I thought that it was an absolutely amazing opportunity. I have always wanted to do something like...

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Reported by on 17th November 2016

Cambodia – viewpoint of a Teacher

Cambodia – viewpoint of a Teacher

“You’re doing WHAT over half term?” was the general reaction to my response when asked about how I planned to spend my precious week off in October. “Rather you than me” or “you’re going to be exhausted!” were some other examples. Nevertheless I had an air of excitement about me as I boarded the national express headed to Heathrow at 5am on the Saturday morning. I was off to experience ancient temples and the warmth of the Cambodian welcome. A...

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Reported by Megan on 09th November 2016

My journey to Cambodia

My journey to Cambodia

I want to share with you some of my experiences from my recent journey to Cambodia … what a journey it was.. Even a week seemed daunting, this was something I had never done before. A new place, new people, a new challenge. I grabbed it with both hands and went in head first, I still think now that’s the best way. I was so excited yet extremely nervous, but these were good nerves. The thought of a new adventure...

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Reported by Megan on 04th November 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Ryan!

Happy Friday all! This weeks fundraising Friday star is the wonderful Ryan! He is doing so well and has lots of inspirational ideas to share with you all, have a read folks! Prepare to be VERY impressed... Hi, my name is Ryan and I am fundraising for my trip to Tanzania in July 2017. I will be travelling with pupils from school. When I first heard about the expedition I felt excited and eager to start my journey. I can't...

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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 Megan on 28th October 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Orla!

Fundraising Friday Star – Orla!

Here is another fantastic Fundraising Friday Star! Orla! What a great example of hard work pays off! If you are feeling de-motived and not sure you can make it, have a read through this and you’ll soon realise you totally can! All you need is positivity and determination, you’ll be on that plane in no time! Enjoy! When I first heard about the expedition I thought it sounded like a once in a lifetime experience and wanted to know more. I...

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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 Megan on 21st October 2016

A parents perspective…

A parents perspective…

We often hear from students and teachers what it’s like to travel with us. We also hear from parents concerned about their child disappearing off to other continents around the world, worried what the experience will be like. We’d like to share with you the parent view from Michelle, whose daughter travelled with us this past summer. This is their story told in her words. Sending my daughter away to Ecuador in South America for 4 weeks at the age of 16...

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Reported by Megan on 14th October 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Jazmine!

Fundraising Friday Star – Jazmine!

Jazmine's turn this week! It just goes to show a few ideas can go a long way! With help from others and using her initiative, Jazmine is already onto her final balance payment for 2017! Gathering donations from friends and family and showing you don't always have to hold a HUGE fundraiser, lots of small ideas and events can add up quickly too! Spare a few minutes and read about Jazmine's journey so far.... My name is Jazmine and I have...

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Reported by Megan on 07th October 2016

Ways to save money

Ways to save money

If you need a little bit of motivation when saving your pennies for expedition, have a read through the hints and tips below and you will be a brilliant saver before you know it!  Set a goal for yourself. Saving your money is a lot easier if you have a particular amount in mind. Which you have, the total cost of your expedition. Get a piggy bank or other means of storage. Choose a specific place to put it, a...

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Reported by Megan on 29th September 2016

Project Blog:Louis

Project Blog:Louis

Louis travelled to Malawi this year and has written a lovely insight to project work on expedition, have a read folks... When I mentioned I was going to be sleeping in a tent and working in the world’s poorest country for a month during the school holidays most of my friends asked why. I don’t know if I really knew the answer but I had a pretty good idea it would turn out to be worth it and it was....

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Reported by on 28th September 2016

Team Qocha – a teacher’s view

Team Qocha – a teacher’s view

Our trip left the UK on July 16th 2016 and we returned, fitter and leaner on August 13th 2016. The trip had been organised in November 2014 and all the students had been fundraising since then to pay for their expedition. Many of the students had raised all of the money themselves through a variety of means - discos, quiz nights, bag packs at local supermarkets, car washes, talent shows, car boot sales and beauty nights to name a few....

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Reported by on 27th September 2016

Camp Uganda Summer School Expedition Blog -2016

Camp Uganda Summer School Expedition Blog -2016

Our 2016 Expedition Team arrived into Entebbe and as an introduction to Uganda spent their first day at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on an island 23km’s out into Lake Victoria. Visiting the cheeky chimps was a superb experience and educational too, learning about the rescue and rehabilitation programme of man’s closest relative, they even got to see the new baby chimp, a surprise birth on the island!!  The team enjoyed a traditional Uganda lunch, including Matooke, Groundnut Sauce, Tilapia...

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Reported by Megan on 23rd September 2016

Project Work on Expedition

Project Work on Expedition

When you are out on expedition you will be taking part in project work in the camps and communities you visit - this can be a really useful tool to use when you are explaining to others what your expedition is going to involve and how you will be making a difference. The simplest way of explaining it is in terms of the type of project that you will be getting involved in: Community: our community projects can range from...

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Reported by on 20th September 2016

Cambodia – Team Surya Summer 2016

Cambodia – Team Surya Summer 2016

Going away for a month to a country half way across the world with a group of people you barely know is about the biggest thing most of us have done.  As you would expect this comes with a few hurdles to get over.  It would be difficult enough in a westernised country but in a developing country with a completely different environment it can be really tough.  Despite all this, this has been without doubt the best thing I...

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Reported by Megan on 16th September 2016

My Fundraising Journey:Beth

My Fundraising Journey:Beth

My Camps International journey started with a slightly daunting amount of money to raise and a countdown until takeoff! The first idea I tried was selling different styles of bracelets I had made to local people, which were quite popular with the women and girls. A lot of my customers were staff and children that attended RAFters- a youth club that I help out at. Similarly, I also sold paintings online as art is a passion that I have always...

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Reported by Megan on 09th September 2016

How is fundraising important for your future?

We know we are asking a lot of everyone who travels with us to raise thousands of £s to go on expedition and we do not take this fundraising task lightly. It can be fun, rewarding and exciting plus scary, frustrating and challenging. As well as getting the chance to go on a life-changing expedition to some of the most stunning countries in Africa, Asia and South America - your fundraising will also help you to develop skills that will help you...

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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 Megan on 02nd September 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Martina!

Fundraising Friday Star – Martina!

Wow! Martina is this weeks Fundraising Friday Star and goodness me she has done superb! A truly fantastic example of hard work and determination, with a few minor set backs Martina has proved that anything is possible if you put your mind to it! Have a read and be impressed! Over to you Martina... It’s all started when Tommy came to our school to tell us a bit about the expedition to Cambodia in 2017 (Hi Tommy!). I was fascinated. I’ve always...

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Reported by Megan on 26th August 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Penny!

Fundraising Friday Star – Penny!

This weeks fundraising Friday star really is fantastic! Penny has managed to raise EVERYTHING in her first year of fundraising! She is even determined to keep up the fundraising to help others. What a true inspiration, we are super proud of you Penny! Have a read through - you will definitely be impressed!  When I first heard about the expedition I was super excited about the idea of the trip but overwhelmed by the idea of raising £4000!!! I am...

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Reported by on 22nd August 2016

Ecuador – Team Turpial Summer 2016

Ecuador – Team Turpial Summer 2016

  Team Turpial spent an amazing summer in Ecuador, undertaking community projects and visiting the Galapagos Islands. In the Galapagos we were introduced to our extremely knowledgeable and hilarious tour guides Ernesto and Raúl. They informed us about the delicate balance between humans and the wildlife and gave us a tour of the interpretation centre. We enjoyed a visit Tortuga Bay and got extremely up close and personal with Marne iguanas and friendly sea lions. We went snorkelling several times around...

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Expedition Insights: Team Turpial – Ecuador & Galapagos 2016

It’s sometimes hard to imagine exactly what it will be like to go on expedition. Will it live up to your expectations? What projects will you work on? Who will you meet? What sights will you see? How will you feel? Will you be able to overcome your fears and try something new? Here’s a short insight provided by one of our teams in Ecuador & Galapagos giving an insight into their expedition. Huge thanks to Daisy, Kate and Christine...

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Reported by on 19th August 2016

Team Udaya’s Cambodia Expedition – by Sophie

From the first steps we took out of the plane, from London Heathrow to Siam Reap in Cambodia, we could tell that the next 28 days were going to be hot, hilarious and hard work. Our team consisted of three different school groups from all over the country, and over the 24 hours we had spent travelling, people had begun bonding over terrible plane food and uncomfortable seats. It was strange coming together as one team, but now we are...

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Reported by Megan on 19th August 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – James!

Fundraising Friday Star – James!

James has done such a marvellous job so far! Packed full of handy tips and lovely motivation, take a look at James's fundraising journey to date! It just goes to show determination and perserverance goes a long way! Well done James, you are a true inspiration!  Check it out folks.... I first heard about the Borneo expedition when talking to my PE teacher about the experience. He said that it was “a life changing experience” that I would be “crazy...

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Reported by on 15th August 2016

Expedition insights: Team Guacamayo by Beth

Expedition insights: Team Guacamayo by Beth

Travelling upwards of twenty-six hours is ironically both exhausting and fuelling as the anticipation builds for the moment that we could look upon the green beauty that is Ecuador and think, oh yes, we made it in one piece. Or if you're our friend Oli, in one piece without any luggage. Great start. We always knew beginning a Camps expedition would leave us wide-eyed, and hungry for adventure; but no advert or presentation can tell you of the experiences you...

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Reported by Megan on 12th August 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Lydia!

Fundraising Friday Star – Lydia!

Here is another fantastic Fundraising Friday Star Lydia! Lydia is doing extremely well and constantly finding ways of raising more funds towards her expedition..If you are feeling de-motived and not sure you can make it, have a read through this and you’ll soon realise you totally can! All you need is positivity and determination, you’ll be on that plane in no time! Enjoy! My name is Lydia. I'm 15 and go to school in West Yorkshire. I was really excited about...

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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 Megan on 05th August 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Finley!

Fundraising Friday Star – Finley!

Hey Guys! Check out this weeks Fundraising Friday Star! Finley is doing extremely well with his fundraising! He has had lots of help from family and even created a super cool banner. Finley has got his friends involved and even a few transformers! Cool!! Ill stop giving it all away now! Have a read folks... go Finley!  When I first heard about the expedition I was very intrigued and I thought it would be a great experience and a great opportunity...

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Reported by Megan on 02nd August 2016

Sponsored walk!

Sponsored walk!

Hey! Recently I completed my 10 mile sponsored walk, phew! I am super proud of myself and didn’t know I could even walk that far! Set yourself a challenge - if you know you can walk or cycle a certain distance without breaking a sweat, double it! Triple it! You need to make sure people think ‘blimey’ when you tell them what you’re planning to do. It’s pretty simple once you think about it, all you need is a sponsorship platform. This...

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Reported by Megan on 29th July 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Millie!

Fundraising Friday Star – Millie!

Wow! Millie is super excited about her trip to Borneo in 2017! Here is what she has been up to, check it out! Full of fun including cakes, babysitting and feeding cats! (what a great combo by the way) A nice mixture of little events and a big event thrown in for good measure is always a winner, Millie proved it! Be inspired folks.... I first heard about the amazing trip to Borneo in June last year and immediately wanted...

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Reported by James West on 27th July 2016

Team Wayra – We really dig Peru

Team Wayra – We really dig Peru

We have had this blog sent over from Peru! Enjoy reading about Team Wayra!  After 3 seamless flights, we find ourselves in Cusco in preparation for our first Camp, Maras. Sat high in the sacred valley, this is the newest camp in Peru. Looking over a small community and school, the location is unbelievable. Surrounded by ice capped peaks, the clear azure sky and the blazing sun making days lovely and warm and nights frosty. The projects we are working on...

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Reported by Megan on 22nd July 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Olly!

Fundraising Friday Star – Olly!

Oh my goodness! Check out Olly! He knows how useful it is to have a regular fundraising event and bring a steady flow of money in...He's climbing a mountain! How awesome?! A sponsored event is ALWAYS a winner! That reminds me, check out our Facebook page, I have a sponsored event planned for next week myself!! Anyway, back to Olly, he is super organised and has figured out his way of attacking his fundraising targets and making it fit in with...

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Reported by on 21st July 2016

My fundraising journey: Tamzin Hollands

My fundraising journey: Tamzin Hollands

“When we were told in assembly about going to Cambodia I couldn’t say no. I had already heard amazing reviews of other camps around the world from other students that have been before. Telling mum, I thought she would say no but I was wrong, she told me we better start saving and fundraising. Knowing how hard it is to get money these days, I knew how much effort and time it would take, so I got started straight away!” THE DEPOSIT: The deposit...

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Reported by on 21st July 2016

Top 10 “Deposit” Fundraising Ideas

Top 10 “Deposit” Fundraising Ideas

Here's 10 fun and easy ways to fundraise for your deposit: 1. Carboot Sale 2. Become a helper – Car washing, cleaning, ironing, shopping, dog walking, window cleaning, gardening, decorating, babysitting, gift wrapping, cooking… 3. Host a Quiz Night 4. Ebay Sale 5. Host a Fundraising Party – Birthdays, Valentines, Burns Night, Chinese New Year, Easter Sunday, Australia Day, Pancake Day, St.Patricks, International Womens Day, April Fools, Halloween, Guy Fawkes, Christmas, New Year… 6. Mobile Phone/Laptop Recycling 7. 24 Hour Challenge (Sports, silence, stay...

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Reported by Megan on 15th July 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Riley!

Fundraising Friday Star – Riley!

Riley has got off to a fantastic start! She put a plan in place and worked out how much she needed to raise and how she would do it! This may work for lots of you, planning big events every few months has worked out extremely well for Riley and she is already chipping away speedily at her final balance for NEXT may! You are a superstar Riley! Have a read folks.... I just wanted to let everyone know about...

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Reported by Megan on 08th July 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – India!

Fundraising Friday Star – India!

Yahoo! Go India! India is off to Tanzania next year and her fundraising journey has got off to a GREAT start! India has managed to get herself a job and fundraise at the same time, what a fantastic effort! Lots of cake and lots of fun with the help of her family and friends, India is well on her way to raising all that she needs and more! I loved reading India's journey so far and I am sure you will too. .......

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Reported by rebecca on 07th July 2016

BISS Puxi get stuck in!

BISS Puxi get stuck in!

This year students from the British International School of Shanghai (Puxi) had their work cut out with the preparation for installation of cesspit toilets for one of our community families near Camp Beng Pae. Each toilet takes 6 of these concrete rings so there was a lot of soil to shift to make room for them, not to mention foundations to lay, water to fetch and cement to mix and pour. Other groups were kept busy on a garden project...

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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 rebecca on 04th July 2016

BSM Bring It On !

BSM Bring It On !

What happens when you bring 60 hard working and enthusiastic students from Manila to Camp Being Mealea... they get the job done, with bags of smiles too! June saw the yearly trip from Year 6 students at BSM to Camp Beng Mealea, and what a trip it was. The students soon got stuck in with laying concrete foundations for a new wall at the local school, repainting classrooms,  and helping out in Han's nursery and garden. We saw some great...

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Reported by Megan on 01st July 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Ollie!

Fundraising Friday Star – Ollie!

Mmmmmmm everyone loves waffles right?! This weeks fundraising Friday star is the wonderful Ollie! He is just about to embark on his expedition and has worked so hard! Ollie found something simple and turned it into a huge fundraising success. Congratulations! Ollie leaves for Peru today, have a fantastic time! All that hard work has really paid off.... Have a read folks! When Camps International came into our school and introduced us to the idea of going to Peru I...

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Reported by Megan on 24th June 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Jessica!

Fundraising Friday Star – Jessica!

Jessica's turn this week! It just goes to show a few ideas can go a long way! With help from others and using her own creative arts and crafts skills, Jessica is already on her final balance payment for 2017! Gathering donations from friends and family and finding new homes for them is another little money spinner! You don't always have to hold a HUGE fundraiser, lots of small ideas and events can add up quickly too! Spare a few minutes...

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Reported by Megan on 21st June 2016

Why is fundraising so important?

Why is fundraising so important?

One of the most important questions a person can ask about pretty much anything is ‘why’…it also happens to be almost ALWAYS the first question people ask in connection to fundraising  “Why should I sponsor you?” Knowing how to answer this question well is your golden ticket to successful fundraising- You might know the reason you’re planning to get up at the crack of dawn to serve tea and biscuits but unless they know, you’re never going to get the...

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Reported by Megan on 17th June 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Lottie!

Fundraising Friday Star – Lottie!

Lottie is well into her fundraising journey and full of wonderful ideas! Well done Lottie for getting off to such a great start, its always a little bit daunting at first but finding the best and most useful resources around you will get you going easy! With all of her plans for the future she will be a fundraising pro by the time she gets on that plane to Ecuador! Great job Lottie!! My name is Lottie and I am...

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Reported by Megan on 13th June 2016

How to pack!

How to pack!

  We have had lots of bag packing related questions, this prompted me to write a (hopefully) helpful guide! Using everyone here at Camps’ knowledge, here are a few hints and tips which will enable you to pack both wonderfully and practically! How will it possibly all fit in your bag? It definitely will! This is something you need not worry about, the Kit Lists are written with this aim in mind, we wouldn’t set you an impossible task! Lay...

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Reported by Megan on 10th June 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Alice!

Fundraising Friday Star – Alice!

WOW! Check out Alice - she had the idea of a big fundraiser and she did it! £2,000 raised in just one night! If this doesn't spur you on I don't know what will! Fab work from Alice and such a great inspiration! It just goes to show if you incorporate lots of little ideas into a big event its a huge success! Well done! :) Have a read folks!  I decided to do a camel racing night as my...

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Reported by Rachael May on 01st June 2016

An experience to remember, and ongoing fundraising !

An experience to remember, and ongoing fundraising !

I was so pleased to hear from Drew after she had completed her expedition to Peru in the summer of 2015.  Through my conversations with Drew I was pleased to learn that her experience in Peru with us had impacted her in such a positive way.  Not only did she fundraise to get herself on her expedition, but when she returned she was determined to raise some extras for The Camps Foundation - our charity that provides continuous and ongoing support...

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Reported by Tatiana Rocio on 31st May 2016

New learning is shining from Camp Kuri Kucho

New learning is shining from Camp Kuri Kucho

Each group of volunteers is always different: ages, countries, perspective of life and others, but always Camp’s crew learn something from them. A great group of guys from twelve to thirteen years old with curiosity and imagination who had a big impact in Camp Kuri Kucho. Their first impression was that San Pablo Urco, a community that has a very basic lifestyle in the mountain is very close to the movement, pollution and chaos of their city, Quito. From the beginning...

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Reported by Megan on 27th May 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Louise!

Fundraising Friday Star – Louise!

Here is another fantastic Fundraising Friday Star! Louise! What a great example of hard work pays off! If you are feeling de-motived and not sure you can make it, have a read through this and you'll soon realise you totally can! All you need is positivity and determination, you'll be on that plane in no time! Enjoy! Hi I’m Louise and I’m going to Cambodia with Camps International in summer 2017.  For me, when I first heard about this amazing experience...

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Reported by Megan on 20th May 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Charlotte!

Fundraising Friday Star – Charlotte!

If you are struggling for ideas or motivation, check out Charlottes fundraising journey so far. What a great example of using your initiative and when a fantastic plan comes together! All it takes is a little bit of thinking outside the box sometimes, you might surprise yourself...Well done Charlotte!  When I first heard about the expedition I thought what a wonderful opportunity this would be to help people who are less fortunate than the people here in Britain but also...

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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 Megan on 13th May 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Harry!

Fundraising Friday Star – Harry!

This weeks fundraising friday star is the wonderful Harry! He's held a big event which has proved so successful everyone wants him to plan another! Homemade pudding and all sorts! What a great start to a fundraising journey, have a read folks! Go Harry!  I'm Harry, I am going on expedition in 2017 to Ecuador with Camps International. I have just completed an event for my fundraising which managed to raise £405 which I have put towards my expedition. The event was...

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Reported by richard on 11th May 2016

Camp Ecuador’s Earthquake Response

The earthquake that struck Ecuador on the 16th April 2016 was a massive 7.8 on the Richter scale, resulting in over 600 deaths and nearly 28,000 injured individuals. It was felt strongly across the whole country but devastated the coastal regions of Manta, Perdernales and Portoviejo, which accounted for some 75% of the total casualties. In the end it turned out to be the worst disaster to hit the country in over 70 years. Most of the Camp Ecuador team...

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Reported by Megan on 06th May 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Euan!

Fundraising Friday Star – Euan!

Wow- check out Euan! He has done so much, all in the space of six months! For those of you who may be slightly losing faith, feeling demotivated or just love reading these brilliant stories from fellow students...have a read through and be inspired!  When I first heard about the expedition to Ecuador, I felt extremely excited and really wanted to go! We went to the parents presentation at my school and my parents agreed that I should go.I spoke to some...

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Reported by Megan on 29th April 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Charlie!

Fundraising Friday Star – Charlie!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Feast your eyes on the wonderful star of the week, Charlie! If you ever feel like you are trying your hardest and not getting anywhere, this is exactly what you need to read! Charlie is already super far ahead and waaaaaaaay over target, she has already started paying off her final balance for NEXT year. What an inspiration! And the prime example of being able to do it, if you set your mind to it! Enjoy peeps.....

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Reported by Megan on 22nd April 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Matthew!

Fundraising Friday Star – Matthew!

We love this weeks entry! (as always) Matthew has worked SO hard to raise all this money, and so soon! Perfect example of 'smashing it'!! Well done Matthew, great effort! Read on for a a fantastic end to the week.... When I first heard about the expedition I felt/thought that this experience would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. It would give me many opportunities that would allow me to progress in the future. After being told about some...

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Reported by Megan on 15th April 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Imogen!

Fundraising Friday Star – Imogen!

WOW! - this young lady, what a superstar! Imogen used her fantastic artistic skills to not only fundraise, but put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces too! SO thoughtful and so productive, go Imogen! Such an inspiration! When I first heard about the expedition I felt like it was a great opportunity to experience a different way of life, help those less fortunate than us, learn unique life experiences and create unforgettable memories along the way. But...

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Reported by Sharon on 14th April 2016

Working the Weekend Shouldn’t Be This Much Fun!

Working the Weekend Shouldn’t Be This Much Fun!

Working the weekend shouldn't be this much fun but it really is! Our 2016 UK School Expeditions are approaching quickly! Before we know it teams will be packing their rucksacks and heading off across the world to various destinations to enjoy a summer of hard work, personal challenges, amazing memories and life-long friends. Accompanying the students and teachers from the UK will be some of our most valuable assets - our Expedition Leaders. In preparation for meeting their teams and supporting them through...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 09th April 2016

JOURNEY TO AFRICA!

JOURNEY TO AFRICA!

We had a great team from Dubai American Academy who visited our Camp in Tsavo early last month (March)  and had this to share...... A trip to Kenya they said… it will be super fun they said… no bugs they said. They were right apart from the bugs. Do you know how to lay a concrete floor? Rocks, sand, water and cement. A lot of hard work went in to that first day at the school. First we broke up...

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Reported by Megan on 06th April 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Chandler!

Fundraising Friday Star – Chandler!

Woah for a second there I thought I was reading a film script. Its got it all, bribery (the good kind, in the form of tea), classic Robin Hood archery and of course, the main character, Chandler. Initiative, organisation (love a good spread sheet) and alliteration (Souper Sunday, amazing) We have been inundated with entries recently, I’m sure by now Chandler has raised a huge amount more but we couldn’t forget him! Nice one Chandler! Inspired by a school assembly...

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Reported by Megan on 01st April 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Beki!

Fundraising Friday Star – Beki!

Happy Friday!  Here is todays Fundraising Friday Star, Beki! We have been inundated with entries recently, I'm sure by now Beki has raised a huge amount more but we couldn't forget her! Have a read through and let Beki's fantastic achievements inspire you!  Hello! My name’s Beki and I’m traveling to Peru this summer! When Camps International first came to my school I was really interested! My parents were not so convinced due to how much it cost. However, my...

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Reported by Megan on 24th March 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Henry!

Fundraising Friday Star – Henry!

If you are stuck for ideas, this is well worth a read! One of our students has worked extremely hard and pushed himself to the limits to raise money for his expedition! He has almost hit target too - Go Henry!! Hi my name is Henry and I'm going on the Peru trip this summer 2016- I'm really excited as I've never done anything like it before and can’t wait to experience being in such a different but equally wonderful...

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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 Rachael May on 18th March 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Alix

Fundraising Friday Star – Alix

Talk about initiative this week!  One of our students has managed to get her fundraising of to a cracking start – raising £100 in her first week!! This story was sent to me by our staff member in Ireland who was so impressed he wanted her featured immediately…we then managed to get the story from the student directly – check it out! My name is Alix, and I am a 16 year old student at School in Northern Ireland. In November...

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Reported by on 17th March 2016

Mt Kinabalu with Jonny Wilkinson and Carl Hayman

Mt Kinabalu with Jonny Wilkinson and Carl Hayman

It’s the sort of trip that friends hate you to go on.  Mine are already pretty tired of my Facebook posts as I work my way round our camps on my annual pilgrimage to spend time with our crews in various corners of the world, but this was my second climb with Jonny and every bit as good as the last, so here goes with another round of dodgy selfies. Every year we look for brilliant causes to which 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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Reported by Rachael May on 11th March 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Alex

Fundraising Friday Star – Alex

Alex's turn this week, and although he doesn't have many photos of him doing his fundraising, he is working hard and doing those activites which everyone thinks of as "normal" - it just goes to show that it works!  Well done Alex - what else have you got planned?..... Hey everyone!! Firstly, when I found out that I would have a chance to go to Africa, I was absolutely ecstatic: I almost screamed in my assembly. My sister went on...

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Reported by Rachael May on 04th March 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Beth

Fundraising Friday Star – Beth

Beth is heading on her expedition this summer - and she is literally within touching distance of her goal, with more fundraising events planned to help her get there.  She has been doing whatever she can to fundraise, with her goal to get to Peru steadfastly in her mind! Over to Beth... My name is Beth and I am so excited to go to Peru in the summer! As soon as I heard about the trip I really wanted to...

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Reported by Rachael May on 26th February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Annise

Fundraising Friday Star – Annise

Some serious skills happening this week, combined with an entrepreneur's outlook and we have some super fundraising....I'm just going to pass you straight over to Annise! I wanted to tell you about my fundraising story so that hopefully others will see it and either be inspired to do some of the things I've done or just be extra motivated to do more to help close the gap between what they already have and need to get! In summer this year,...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

BEYOND IMAGINATION!

BEYOND IMAGINATION!

Something you would like to learn from these brilliant gappers......... Week 2 has gone so quick and unfortunately we have come to the end of our stay at Camp Muhaka. Our anticipation is that Camp Tsavo will be much greater with wildlife project element and more forms of project work of which everyone is counting forward to; obviously all of us will Miss Muhaka and its hospitality and the friends that we‰'ve made in the village and at the project, during...

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Reported by Lindsay on 23rd February 2016

NAVIDAD EN KAJLLARAKAY

NAVIDAD EN KAJLLARAKAY

Blog written by Camp Peru's very own Project Leader Lily SÌÁnchez Morales.. Christmas is a special time in South America and Peruvians love the holiday. While there is a strong indigenous population, most Peruvians are Roman Catholics and it is understandable that Christmas is a very big holiday in the country. While some celebrations are similar to those in Europe and North America, there are some unique traditions that reflect the nation's history and make Peru a special place to be during the...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – EMMA !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – EMMA !!

This ones got it all- advice, ideas, and best of all passion! Emma is clearly a forward thinker which is vital when it comes to fundraising and her attitude is amazing "if it's not so successful it doesn't matter i'll just move onto something else" LOVE this mindset! Hi fellow fundraisers! I am Emma and I am going to Cambodia in Summer 2017 with my school. I only signed up to the expedition in October and I have managed to raise £279.66 so...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Whirlwind Week In Borneo

Whirlwind Week In Borneo

I am always proud to work for Camps International, but nothing can heighten that more than being able to get the opportunity to travel abroad to one of our locations to see it for myself! This October half term, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to travel to one of our Asian locations Borneo and what a place it is! I travelled alongside a bunch of excited teachers who are due to be travelling with their students...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – NATASHA !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – NATASHA !!

  I want to do a skydive more than anything! It looks so fun! Slightly jealous of Natasha but what a great way to fundraise‰! This week‰'s entry is to remind everyone to play to your strengths and to demonstrate that fundraising does not have to be boring!! Hi, my name is Natasha Jordan and I can‰'t wait to go to Borneo with Camps International next summer.  From the first moment I was told about the trip I wanted to...

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Reported by Hannah on 23rd February 2016

Healthcare Outreach 2015

Healthcare Outreach 2015

      In November, 30 truly inspiring healthcare professionals took 2-weeks out of their busy schedules to come and join us in Kenya and do something amazing. Established 5 years ago, the Healthcare Outreach programme has already impacted greatly on the lives of rural Kenyans and this year was no exception. Throughout the 14 days we ran 6 ‰pop up‰ health clinics in villages situated within the Tsavo region of Kenya. This year we also had some valuable additions...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Naomi!

Naomi makes it sound so easy and has raised the total cost of the expedition- which isn‰'t due until next year! A winning combination of working and fundraising seems to be the way forward, and sounds like Noami‰'s mum may have super powers. Great team effort guys! £4000 raised in 362 days, yolo! When my mum transferred the deposit for my Borneo 2016 trip on October 16th 2014 we knew that the entire trip would have to be fully funded...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

A Whirlwind Tour of Kenya and Tanzania!!

A Whirlwind Tour of Kenya and Tanzania!!

Meet Phil, who although is well travelled himself is relatively new to Camps International.  October half term was the first time he had visited our Camps in Tanzania and Kenya  over to him‰!   Wow!! What a trip! As a newcomer to Camps, I was in the same position as the accompanying teachers, wondering what the Recce had in store for us in Africa! Everything was packed, itineraries completed and what an action packed adventure it would be! Landing in...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Hakuna Matata – Kenya/Tanzania Recce Blog 2015

Hakuna Matata – Kenya/Tanzania Recce Blog 2015

Hi all, my name is Emma and I work on the Expeditions team for Camps International. This October I got the opportunity to go to Kenya and Tanzania on the Teacher‰'s recce. Throughout the course of the week, we visited several camps, local projects and communities. We landed in Tanzania at 9am, after flying through the night (and having several plane breakfasts!). Whilst there we visited Camp Mbokomu, Camp Kidia and spent two days at Camp Tanga (our beach camp,...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – JENNY !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – JENNY !!

This week‰'s star has got it sussed when it comes to getting the word out. Not only has she created her own website but she has also managed to have a piece written about her fundraising journey in her local newspaper- nice one! She‰'s also apparently a star in the making, gaining sponsorship by singing and selling cd‰'s, can you send us one into Camps please?! When I first found out about the Borneo trip I was so exited- then...

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Reported by Katie Baxter on 23rd February 2016

Cambodia Teacher Recce 2015

Cambodia Teacher Recce 2015

  Myself, Lauren and Dean from the UK office had the incredible opportunity to take a group of teachers on a familiarisation week in Cambodia, ahead of their expedition with the students next year. The week was led Rory Hall, our Director for Asia, in addition to Bunlay (Country Manager for Cambodia) Hanh and Sunny (our Camp Managers) and I would like to firstly thank them all for making us feel so at home during our time in Cambodia! It...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Harriet!

Fundraising Friday Star – Harriet!

So Lauren is off exploring our Camps in Cambodia this week, and the rest of the Operations Team are exploring our Camps around the world...so keep an eye out for when they return :) Great for me thoush because I really enjoyed this week‰'s entry because her positivity was practically bouncing off the page. If any of you are losing the will with fundraising, this is a great read and I really think that the fact she has been so...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – TOBIAS !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – TOBIAS !!

I remember once being at the bottom of a mighty hill on my noble stead of a pushbike, when the Rumble Strips ‰Motorcycle‰ came onto my mp3 by chance on shuffle- if you haven‰'t heard it already I suggest you get onto YouTube immediately after reading this post. I can only hope that Tobias had an epic playlist during his fundraising antics, he only went and cycled to Germany. Lets just say that again for effect, he CYCLED to Germany....

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – CAITLIN !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – CAITLIN !!

You‰'ve heard the saying about the glass right? You know, is it half full or half empty? Mine, for starters, is not a glass but a mug (containing coffee, obviously) and as for whether it‰'s half full or empty, well‰ my general outlook on life largely reflects the contents of my stomach, if I‰'m hungry the glass is definitely half empty! Caitlin, however, clearly has more important things to worry about and clearly has a lot on her plate other...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

Tanzania BU SDX 2015 Blog

Tanzania BU SDX 2015 Blog

Whilst being students at Bournemouth University we have possessed a wonderful experience, full of unforgettable memories. We all feel like our sport knowledge and skills have been well utilized. We feel rewarded for the work that we have done to this little world. There‰'s nothing more self-fulfilling than making a difference and changing someone‰'s life forever. Our sport development mission in Tanzania is complete, however, no one feels like leaving‰!?!? We are here to tell you about the opportunity we...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – ELLEESSE!!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – ELLEESSE!!

The best thing about my job is that I get to chat to you lot about how you‰'re getting on- some of you are used to me ringing you up for a good old chinwag and others I haven‰'t spoken to much (give us a call, I‰'d love to chat!) My favourite thing is when you get in contact with me out of the blue with something really positive. This week‰'s fundraising Friday Star wasn‰'t even an entry initially, I...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Tara!!

Fundraising Friday Star – Tara!!

Me again today - though credit must go to our Fundraising Guru Lauren for talking to Tara and getting this story....over to them! At 5‰"2 tall (and a half, I hasten to add) I can safely say I do not belong on the cat walk. Not to mention the fact I would almost definitely fall over and that the last time I attempted to walk in heels I somehow managed to get my shoe wedged in a drain - don‰'t...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – DEANNA!!

Hi guys, I hope everyone has had a fabulous week! Please allow me to introduce myself to those of you I have yet to chat to‰! My name is Lauren and I am a new member of the fundraising team so I will be supporting/annoying you along your fundraising journey :)  I went to Kenya with Camps when I was 15 so it‰'s an absolute pleasure to be able to say I am now a member of staff 9 years...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – TIA!!

Happy Friday fundraisers! This weeks star is an entrepreneur in the making- home made scones, soaps and earrings is there anything she can‰'t make?? My favorite fundraisers are those who find something they like so much that they continue with it even after they‰'ve raised the money for Camps - bit of extra pocket money anyone? Tia‰'s soaps and earrings look so great, i‰'d love it if she continued to make them‰! Read on to find out what Tia‰'s been...

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Reported by Lindsay on 23rd February 2016

From Borneo to Bracelets – Dima’s Story

Hey Dima, thanks for chatting with me, I'd love to know how your trip with Camps International has shaped your life?   My volunteering experience has really made a positive impact on my life in general. Starting with the coolest place on earth, Borneo, Malaysia. I could have never imagined that I would find myself in Malaysia at such a young age, it wasn't scary at all but it was rather extraordinary! I was beginning to realise that the time...

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

Team Neak – Students’ Feedback

This is team Neak (Dragon). The below information is the extract from the students' feedback: Mollie BRAMBANI Traveling to Cambodia has been such an amazing experience and I am certainly geatfull for the opportunity I was given to visit. Living amongth the local community, monks and my new found friends is definately something I will remember forever. Cambodia is such a beautiful country and I am proud to say I have been. I will definately be returning ! Thank you....

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

Team Garuda – Sudents’ Feedback

Team Garuda – Sudents’ Feedback

Group's picture in the ruined temple called Beng Mealea. The temple is nearly one thousand years old. This is Team Garuda group picture in Beng Mealea ruined temple near camp Beng Mealea. They traveled through Cambodia in four weeks, lived in the community camp and worked with local staffs to develop the community lives. Below is the students' feedback right before the end of their trip. HARRY COMP When first travel to Cambodia back in July, I personally felt somewhat...

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You can take the boy out of Africa but you can’t take Africa out of the boy!

  As a young boy I was very fortunate to have grown up in East Africa during the 70s and 80s surrounded by its beauty, culture, wildlife , proud and friendly people but at the same time I was hugely aware of the hardship and poverty the majority of its population endured on a daily basis. Back then schools really were not very focussed nor comitted to putting back into communities and affected wildlife so I never really had the...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Team Burung Blog

Team Burung Blog

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!) The first two days were probably the toughest for us all. After travelling for two days straight we were thrown in the deep end. The hard work and high temperatures mixed together were not what any of...

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Reported by Lindsay on 23rd February 2016

If only Uganda had broadband!

If only Uganda had broadband!

Dear Uganda Team Parents, The Camps Team would like to apologise for the limited social media reports that you are receiving from Uganda. It has been and continues be extremely difficult to upload images to the net in Uganda, we have people standing for days under random trees on the River Nile searching for network, donkeys transporting memory sticks from the height's of Mount Elgon and motor bikes shifting laptops from Rhino Sanctuaries on mud filled roads to remote village...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

Our summer teams are having great time in Uganda solidily engaged on our community and wildlife conservation project work.West Hill School brings up the update....... The journey has been safe. Our two flights were punctual and comfortable whilst fun and enjoyable. A sense of anticipation, nerves and excitement grew as we got closer to what can only be described as one of the most fascinating, diverse and beautiful countries in the world. We were greeted by a thorough and concise...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

JOURNEY TO AFRICA

JOURNEY TO AFRICA

Our trip to Tanzania has been incredible, satisfying, as we have had a great experience while helping the community We started with construction of a new classroom foundation at Mbokomu School then moved to Kidia where we learned to Control; soil erosion by use of recycled sulfate empty sacks filled with sand. In Tanga we have had an amazing time learning the skills to fashion an entire traditional house out of local building materials (mud, sticks and strings) The local...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

WELLCOME TO AFRICA SUMMER

WELLCOME TO AFRICA SUMMER

   Wellcome to Africa! The Summer Season has begun and our first School Team managed to arrive safely in Tanzania. The Team is having a fantastic time and for the last three days they have been working solidly engaged on a school project at a local school in Mbokomu Village. They have been clearing and filling back clay soil, levelling and laying Hardcore to make a new classroom foundation block. The team is committed to work extra hard to bring...

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Reported by Hazza on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Vicky!

Fundraising Friday Star – Vicky!

The sun is shining - and it's Friday! Wooooooooo!! Ever thought it possible to raise 1/4 of your expedition cost in just 3 DAYS?! Without further ado... CONGRATULATIONS VICKY!!!!!   My name is Vicky and I am travelling to Peru in the summer of 2016 with Camps International. I found out about this amazing and once in a lifetime opportunity through my school only a couple of weeks ago! My fundraising so far for the final cost due May 2016...

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Reported by Kevin on 23rd February 2016

June 2015 – Gap in Peru

June 2015 – Gap in Peru

We welcomed our June gappers into Peru recently and they have got off to a great start on our community projects, and had a lot of fun in the process. They started work in Cusco, plastering the wall that our last group of gappers built.  They will now go back and paint a mural to create a better living environment, as well as a much safer home, for the children within the orphanage. They then travelled over to Camp Titicaca...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camps 100% Giving Day

Camps 100% Giving Day

Hello everybody! Every year on our birthday (29th May) we have started what we have called the Camps 100% Giving Day.  We felt that with all the fundraising various volunteers have undertaken towards our projects over the years, the very least we could do was to give one day a year where everyone in the company committed to some form of fundraising or challenge.  And in line with the Foundation's tag line of "Giving 100%" (all our donation money goes...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

LAST RESPECT TO SAMMY DRIVER OF CAMPS INTERANTIONAL AFRICA

LAST RESPECT TO SAMMY DRIVER OF CAMPS INTERANTIONAL AFRICA

We were all deeply saddened to learn of Sammy‰'s death 2.5.2015.He was a highly respected member of staff and a trusted employee of Camp Kenya LTD, he will be sadly missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.       He was born on 22/12/1953 and started working for Camp Kenya LTD on the 1/7/2009 on contract and after exactly one month he was taken on a permanent basis at our driver guide. He set the...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Joel Beardmore

Fundraising Friday Star – Joel Beardmore

Merry Friday to all and to all a good weekend! I'm feeling rather jolly today as you can probably tell, but it may just be all the coffee... I've been on the phones a lot this week chatting to you lovely lot! Mostly about your payments, if you do have any concerns about fundraising or if you aren't sure if you have a payment outstanding give us a ring and ask! We won't bite, we promise! Plus we love chatting...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Naomi Hooper!

Fundraising Friday Star – Naomi Hooper!

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!! I was unsure as to how to raise the money to begin with as were...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Chris Beeks

Fundraising Friday Star – Chris Beeks

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...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Jade Walker

Fundraising Friday Star – Jade Walker

We have been super busy bees in the office this week as 2015 departures are getting closer and closer! And plans are getting put in place for those of you travelling in 2016 and we are still processing some of your applications. This particular Fundraising Friday Star has almost become my email pen pal! We have regular catch-ups and pretty much talk about anything. Without further ado, meet our Fundraising Friday Star, Jade. This time last year, I had only...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Alice Rodgers

Fundraising Friday Star – Alice Rodgers

I‰Ûªve been feeling rather ‰off‰ this week, no other way to describe it really! Not quite unwell, but I wasn‰'t really fully functioning! However, today I am most definitely feeling better and I‰'m back to my old, rather annoying, self. It may have something to do with sleeping through yesterday, but it might also be because I received this amazing Fundraising story and I was inspired! Meet this week‰'s star, Alice, and read her story! Hello!! I'm Alice Rodgers (the...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

The real meaning of sustainable project work

The real meaning of sustainable project work

The word ‰ecotourism‰ is thrown around a lot in this day and age. Companies tend to focus on helping their customers get a ‰volunteer experience‰ but they don‰'t really delve deep into the problems in the areas they work in. The projects are short-lived, and only exist as long as the tourists are in the area. These projects then get abandoned; the tourists get to see the culture but don‰'t really experience it. It doesn‰'t have that same affect as...

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

Welcome to Camp Beng Pae !

Welcome to Camp Beng Pae !

Welcome To Camp Beng Pae! It locates in Beng Pae Wildlife Area in Kampong Thom Province, the heart of the country. The journey there takes three hours from Siemreap City or fours from Phnom Penh Capital. This camp is the second property of Camp Cambodia. It was built in May 2014 and was ready to opened in June 2014. There are two long houses accomodates up to 70 guests, a restaurant and communal area, and a kitchen. The long house...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Joe

Fundraising Friday Star – Joe

My turn again this week to tell you all about our Fundraising Friday Star as Sophie is not in the office today! That Friday Feeling is definately going around in this office and we all love the fact that Joe has worked really hard to keep his fundraising going-with some great successes too!  Joe has done a few different activities and even one massive event with a friend...but let me hand over to Joe so he can tell you about...

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Reported by Callum Davies on 23rd February 2016

What To Pack…According To Callum and Chums!

What To Pack…According To Callum and Chums!

Here at Camps, we are a global family with a number of diverse neighbouring communities, spread across 3 continents of the world. From the red soil wildlife reserves of East Africa, to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador and the remote paradise island of Mantanani in Borneo; there is always something, some little gem to have in your backpack that will really come in handy! I travelled out to Camp Kenya in 2011 for a 2-month stay along...

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Reported by Kevin on 23rd February 2016

Our First Gap Projects in Camp Titicaca – Peru

After what seems years of preperation and a small team season in 2014, we finally welcomed our first Gap group to Peru in January 2015. As you would have already read in previous blogs we started a long-term project of providing bathrooms for the community surrounding Camp Titicaca in July 2014.  School teams in the summer did a fantastic job and our first Gap team have matched it. We are set to have completed three complete bathrooms (with toilet and...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

A guide to biodiversity project work

A guide to biodiversity project work

So I know I usually write the silliest blogs ever, but I'm not quite the air head I seem to be(!). Camps International means a lot to me, not just because of the incredible people I work with, or the beautiful places we visit. Camps International is not a company that plans holidays, what we do is create expeditions, which in turn create opportunities for people to grow and learn things they may otherwise not get the chance to. It...

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Reported by Hazza on 23rd February 2016

A re-visit to Camp Borneo & Camp Cambodia!

A re-visit to Camp Borneo & Camp Cambodia!

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. Whilst my girlfriend, Lydia, and I, have been fundraising towards our trip back to Southeast Asia to contribute once again to the amazing work we at Camps do for the local...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Andrew

Fundraising Friday Star – Andrew

I don't know about you guys, but I've definitely got that Friday feeling! It's been a mad week, and the office has been filled with a cacophony of sneezes and coughs (Harry takes the cake for weirdest sneeze so far, he sounds like a chicken, not even making it up!). Everyone in the office seems to be ill, and luckily I am sandwiched between the two people who seem to be suffering the most, so it's only a matter of...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Benji

Fundraising Friday Star – Benji

Happy Halloween!! Sophie is exploring our Borneo Camps this week so you have me again...its Rachael!  So even though it is halloween and there are probably loads of you having parties and big evening events, Benji has a great story that just goes to show that the little events, persistance and a bit of hard work are just as effective as the larger fundraising events!  Most of you are enjoying your half term at the moment, so I will let...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Amy

Fundraising Friday Star – Amy

You know when you have those weeks when you cannot wait for the weekend? This is definitely one of those for me, but only because I am taking some of your lovely teachers on a recce to Borneo on Saturday! SO EXCITING! I am rather sad that I won‰'t be able to chat to you guys next week, but it means next time you call I can help give you a better idea of what to expect on expedition!!! Anyway,...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL TANZANIA SHORT TRIP

AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL TANZANIA SHORT TRIP

We,ve just had a fantastic week in Tanzania with the American Community School Abu Dhabi. The team was great and everyone was dedicated to give back to the community.This is what they had to say..... We have had several community service trips through our ACS school Abu Dhabi, but this year our service trip to Tanzania with Camps International have been a truly life changing for all of us. The things we did and the experiences we had were eye-opening....

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Reported by Sarah on 23rd February 2016

Sarah’s trip to Asia part 2…Camp Cambodia!

Sarah’s trip to Asia part 2…Camp Cambodia!

Hello again! As promised, for those of you who didn't fall asleep in part 1 of my Asia adventures, here is the second part about my favourite place I've been to so far - Camp Cambodia! (shorter I promise!) On the 24th September, after a long day of travelling from Borneo to Cambodia (MORE flights!!), I arrived late afternoon in to Phnom Penh...I must admit, after seeing the view from the plane when coming in to land, I was starting...

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And It’s a wrap. Team Season Round Up from Latin America – Part 2 Peru

  Part 2 - Peru So I promised to give you the weekend to recover from our lengthy part 1 Ecuador wrap up, and now that you have here is part 2 - Peru. Not quite as long as currently there is one less camp but equally chock block full of incredible project work efforts, outcomes and fun times. So without further adieu...   Our newest destination, Peru is already making a name for itself. When you see the photos...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Chelsea

Even though our Fundraising Guru Sophie is off sunning herself somewhere for a well deserved break, she still managed to send me strict instructions for today...that's right...it's Friday, so it is time to feature our next star! Chelsea isn't going on her expedition with her school until next summer, but she has already finished all of her fundraising.  Not only has she completed this in 10 months, but she is continuing to fundraise so she can take some donations to...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

SDX 2014 FINAL GAME IN TANZANIA

SDX 2014 FINAL GAME IN TANZANIA

The Sports Development Expedition 2014 (SDX) in Tanzania was incredible one and everyone from the team enjoyed all aspect of the trip. Just before saying bye, they had something to share..... Our trip has been incredible. A highlight of the week was handing over a whole team‰Ûªs football kit and equipment to Bala, the village‰Ûªs youth team coach. We walked over to the pitch and the children began to jump up and down with excitement as they received the gifts....

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star- Chloe

Fundraising Friday Star- Chloe

It‰Ûªs been another busy week, and it‰Ûªs Friday, which means my brain has stopped working! Luckily, I didn‰Ûªt even have to think twice about this weeks star! Chloe is a recognized blogger, which is great considering my brain is having a nap. If you guys could give me a call in the office and catch me up with your fundraising to distract me, that would be great! For now I‰Ûªll leave it up to Chloe to tell us a bit...

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And It’s a wrap. Team Season Round Up from Latin America – Part 1

And it's a wrap! Camp Latin America End of Team Season 2014 - Part 1 Our first official team season as Camp Latin America, with our very first camps in Peru up and running has finally come to a close. 15 teams representing 28 schools made their way around Ecuador and Peru taking in such sites as the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, the Amazon, Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca to name but a few. Throughout the six plus weeks, students worked on a...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Leah

Fundraising Friday Star – Leah

After a long weekend thanks to that cheeky bank holiday Monday, I was rather apprehensive about how large my inbox was going to be on Tuesday. Luckily, I got a message that soon put a big smile on my face, a lovely email from a girl named Leah wanting to be our Fundraising Friday Star! Well just call me the fairy godmother because I have granted her wish, and this week Leah is our star due to her success through...

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Reported by Vics on 23rd February 2016

Jambo from Tanzania SDX 2014

Jambo from Tanzania SDX 2014

Our SDX team have been training and coaching sports in two of the local Schools in Tanzania.Just within two weeks alot has been achieved and this is what they had to share.... The trip can be summarized by every day‰'s journey to school through the villages, where everyone is happy to see us as they appreciate everything we can give them, even if it just a hand to hold. The journey started with a trip to the local primary schools...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camps 100% Giving Day – 29th May 2014

At Camps we are very proud of the various projects we undertake around the globe at our various camps - whether it be environment, community or wildlife focused, we know that these projects really make a difference and they are the life blood of our orgnanisation and ethos.  As a company, we underwrite these projects on a daily basis, 365 days a year, ensuring they are not only supported financially but, perhaps more importantly, supported physically beyond completion, ensuring the...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camps 100% Giving Day – South America

Here at Camp Ecuador and Camp Peru we are ready and raring to go for our 100% Giving Day. Being behind the clock in time zones, we are actually starting this tomorrow night, the 28th - when we have an event in Quito. I can't say exactly how many tickets have been sold, but we have been out there chatting to people about what we do and drumming up business for the grand event. 7.00pm tomorrow - one in the...

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Reported by Damian on 23rd February 2016

29th November Camps International Challenge Day

Sponsoring challenges is something that we are used to in Britain, and possible Dubai.  However, over here in Latin America they have pretty much never heard of the idea and I think it is much the same in the other territories.  We can do the challenges, but we need to raise the money for it back in Blighty. 29th November is the date.  Andrea, our Projects Leader and Camp Manager of Camp Kuri Kuchu, and Edu, our Camps Leader and...

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Announcing the Asia Challenge for 2014

Announcing the Asia Challenge for 2014

Some of you, well i hope most of you, will remember the tales of vomit, farts and pooh that accompanied the Camp 2 Camp Challenge event I put myself through last year (and raised over $5k for the Foundation) and so on this #CampsGivingDay I reckoned it would be a good day to announce the next half-baked nutty idea.  If you dont remember last year check out my blog post here.... And so to this year.  The Latin America team...

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AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL ABI DHABI DUBAI 2013 SHORT TRIP TO TANZANIA

We also run Short trips in Tanzania and last year December American Community School from Abi Dhabi Dubai closed our 2013 chapter with a blazing experience.The trip was based on community service, cultural experience and environmental management. The team thoroughly enjoyed every single bit of their time and indeed made a huge difference to the host community through our projects. Just before they left they had this to say........................... This trip was an experience, whether it was meeting the native people,Cultivating...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

How did 72 toothbrushes land on the beach?

Hi, Selamat Datang, that means Welcome to Borneo! This is our first summer blog by Laura Burton from CI office. She has dedicated her time to be out hereåÊ to support our Borneo team of staff and get stuck in with all teams for the summer. Here is her report directly from the ground this week at Camp Bongkud... Hi everyone, An update from a few of our teams over here in Borneo: We have had a busy week over...

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Jambo! Karibu! Our life at Camp Tanga has been fantabulous, tiring and extremely rewarding.åÊ Many awesome memories have been formed while doing the project work and being around Camp. Our group has done a lot of work on one particular classroom at the local school, in just three days we have managed to re-concrete the entire floor, rebuild the doorway, filled in all the cracks and then painted the room white. Alongside the classroom we completed the veranda and its...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Rushcliffe School Borneo Journal (Part 2)

Garden full of kite surfing gear, bruised ribs, hole in my foot, my daughter rode a horse and swam for the first time and......... .......we had an awesome article in the Saturday Telegraph about Camps.

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Circus entertainer shows dedication…

Daniel is currently in Borneo volunteering!  In order to get there he fundraised for over a year! Here is his story... During my Fundraising for the Camps International expedition it began to dawn on me how much of a challenge it would prove both physically and mentally. For the main part of my fundraising I participated in sponsored events alongside other students from school who are going, and worked part time as a circus entertainer at a theme park. This provided...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Team season Camp Ecuador update

On the plane for home as we speak, the team had an amazing time out here the last few weeks. Bringing with them great memories and life changing experiences. Here's a teacher's final blog to sum up their amazing trip. Thank you for all your hardwork guys!! The final installment of our Borneo odyssey ended in the jungle - again! - at Batu Puteh, a beautiful part of the country where the rainforest is protected. After performing the local song...

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A blog written by students of West Hill School gives you an insight of what an amazing experience it was being in the jungles of Borneo...just a warm up a week before their successful Mt. Kinabalu Climb few days ago! Well done guys! If I had to choose one word to describe the jungle it would probably be amazing. From the vibrant wildlife to th e unique experiences of being in a hammock, there is not a single thing I...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Update from Team Southfield

As you will know by now we are starting Gap and Team trips into Cambodia and are in the process of establishing the camp and projects etc. We are linking up with a great little local organisation called Harmony Farm who take care of 20+ orphans on a full time basis as well as feed and educate a whole load more. Our camp will actually back onto their property and we are giving them a large chunk of the land...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

It is easy to dismiss the really famous treks ‰ÛÒ Kilimanjaro or The Inca Trail for instance ‰ÛÒ because many people have done them.åÊ But, regardless of the number of people who have gone before, you still have to walk the yards, climb the hills and stumble down the descents.åÊ Your own experience of these places is not invalidated just because others have gone before you ‰ÛÒ they have only done so because they are great places to be and...

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School Trip to Borneo

"You only get out of it what you put into it..." was definitely the attitude this Team adopted whilst at Imani Camp with Mama Mercy. As you will see by the photos and captions they worked hard but never stopped smiling and laughing! Great job and enjoy the rest of your adventure.   We arrived at Imani Camp on SundayåÊin time for lunch. We met Mama Mercy who showed us around camp familiarising us with our new home for the...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Veteran Volunteers – Part 1

Mel has already written about the teacher recce to Borneo last month but I wanted to add a few pics and thoughts from the trekking element of the trip. It appears that scuba diving is more popular and not many schools sign up for jungle trekking ‰ÛÒ I am not quite sure why ‰ÛÒ if you‰Ûªre coming to Borneo surely you have got to try some jungle trekking (having said that our dive teams do get some jungle time but...

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Youth Empowerment – the key to Kenya’s future…

Our first blog from a Expedition Leader from Ringwood Academy team in Borneo of their time at Utan Paradise... While my team are taking a well earned break plucking Tea at the famous Sabah tea gardens I'd thought I'd take an opportunity to let you all know how we are doing with just under a week to go. After a few minor delays we got to our Hostel in KK about 2am to get our heads down and get ready...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Buenos Dias ‘Camp Peru’

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image size-medium wp-image-1003 aligncenter","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"212","height":"163","title":"Camp Cambodia","alt":"Camp Cambodia"}}]] ‰ÛÏWhat‰Ûªs that? Camp Cambodia?‰Û Yes, since October I‰Ûªve been fortunate enough to spend a bit of time in Cambodia where we have been in initial talks with various communes, organisations and state departments about creating Camp Cambodia. *Pause for ‰ÛÏooohs‰Û from the audience*. åÊ As you may have read in previous posts regarding the beginnings of Camp Borneo, setting up in a new country is not an easy process, but with nearly 2 years...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Small wonders

The Ringwoodians blog continues from the jungles of  Utan paradise by the crocker range, southern part of Sabah to the northwest coast of Kota Belud district, the team hopped on the boat from Rampayan Laut jetty to get across to Mantanani Island.     The forecast came in and if we were to stand a chance of getting there is was a 4am start! The bleary eyed team made it to the jetty and we boarded two boats and headed...

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Bethany started fundraising in September 2010 and has raised the full amount herself. She flies out to Kenya with Skegness Grammar and åÊCamps International next week. This is her inspirational story...... A few months into my fundraising, I decided that I no longer wanted to go to Kenya. I was concerned about the amount of money I had to raise, felt that I couldn‰Ûªt achieve the amount in such a short time and I also felt that the money I...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Tanga tanga in Tanzania…Gap Year Abroad

The WWF have been producing some amazing campaigns to highlight the plight of our forests. This is particularly relevant for our Borneo projects and the effect the palm oil industry has on the environment over there.

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Updates from Camp Uganda

I have been putting off writing this post for a while now... We have had such an incredible season and so much hard work put in with no question as to just how much has been achieved towards helping communities, the environment and the wildlife within the areas that Camp Kenya operates. In less than two months our summer school teams have more or less completed 6 classroom blocks in two different schools (4 at Muhaka and 2 at Sasenyi):...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Success for our Tanga Education Program!

O the lovely oceans, So beautiful and vast. But O no! Earth‰Ûªs mighty waters Are being polluted fast! Plastic can harm animals Throughout an ocean‰Ûªs reach. Save the world‰Ûªs sea creatures. Make time to clean a beach! That‰Ûªs exactly what our ocean teams are working on at this minute at Camp Mantanani! All are well and happy being stuck in the island being part of a team to conserve marine life. Not only have they been cleaning the beach but...

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Cambodia Tropical Gap Year Garden

Patrick Wall one of our recently returned Camp Kenya Gap Year volunteers offered to write a blog for us about parts of his trip. Here is the firståÊinstalmentåÊ(I say first as it puts pressure on him to write more). So thank you Patrick and we look forward to more! An Englishman, Australian and a Welshman decided to climb a mountain...åÊGranted our other volunteers were doing it as well, but we set out to break the Camps record of 2 hours...

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Wow!! Completing Borneo Project Work

Update from the Expedition Leader, Barry Squires (locally known as Brokeback Barry)... Two weeks into the expedition and the team are nearing the end of the schools coaching programme. All schools have now selected their final squads for boys and girls football, netball and athletics. Head teachers at the schools have been impressed by their coaching the UK students have carried out and the children have responded well to the coaching thus far. All school football and netball pitches have...

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Gap Year Borneo

We are now being paid to use Facebook! It's not everyday you find an employer that actually allows you to spend all day messaging people! If you want to help the Gap Team (Sammy and me) to waste more time then follow this link

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Emily Ellin of Sir William Romney‰Ûªs, came out to Borneo with her school team expedition over a month ago. Sat on the beach of Mantanani one fine sunny day on my visit to the Camp during summer season, Emily approached me and asked if I would like to listen to her read about a book she was writing. After listening to some excerpts, I thought it was like a writing out of a fantasy story, more like a mixture of...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Update from Ashford & Hanham Schools in Borneo

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The Campion Diaries (July 2012, Kenya)…

The ongoing point of view of our willingåÊ"outsider"åÊSunny in Cambodia. She's now getting very much stuck into to learning about the potential projects in the region and prioritising the needs of the commnity alongside the Commune and Village leaders and generally having a fun time bouncing around Siem Reap province on the back of Camp Manager Han's moped. Wednesday, June 21, 2011 - THE VILLAGE PEOPLE Bunlay came back to Siem Reap on Monday full of stories about his trip...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

From Stonehenge to Shimoni

So one day to go on the cinema tickets competition.åÊ I don‰Ûªt know about you but I‰Ûªm nervous.åÊ Micronesia is still out in front with 31 ‰Û÷likes‰Ûª but literally anything could happen.åÊ I still fancy the Moon for a late comeback.åÊ I‰Ûªve read the tortoise and the hare. As we approach the last 36 hours, it‰Ûªs now or never.åÊ If you want to win the tickets and have a free night at the cinema on us this weekend, it‰Ûªs time...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Till the rains come…

Anyone who has visited Camp Bongkud over the last year will know the unique nature of the welcome dance there. All of the Camps at Camp Borneo have their own variation of the welcome dance because they are all located in different areas of Sabah with very distinct cultures and traditions. But the dance at Bongkud, a Kadazan Dusun danceåÊperformed by a local troop of children from the nearby school, has become particularly noteworthy for it's ability to turn even...

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“Tanzania Rocks!”

This week, I spent 5 hours sat on an express bus/van travelling down from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.åÊ It‰Ûªs a journey I have done many times now and whilst it is 5 hours crammed in a small van on a white knuckle ride, it never ceases to stir my emotions as I speed through the countryside and towns lining the route.åÊ I go through the whole range of emotions ‰ÛÒ sadness, joy, resignation, laughter, surprise and everything else in...

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Notes from Sponne

Sunset over the South China Sea Though I‰Ûªd spent time in the Malaysian state of Sabah before, three months back in 2007, the previous seven days have brought home to me just how little of this part of Borneo I had actually seen and what I‰Ûªve been missing! Thinking of coming? Well I‰Ûªve just traversed North, South, East and West of Sabah in an effort to get to know my new home, my new job and all the great Camp...

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Summer Preparations – Stables Camp

Its all about Bongkud - since the opening of the new camp is a pretty major event in the lives of the community we managed to get a member of the local press to write a little piece about it - and so some of the team are now in the Daily Express - thats the Sabah edition, not UK. I hope you can see and read the text ok and please excuse some of the local interpretation especially "Kem...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camp Borneo Supports Important Jungle Research

Background Camp Kenya has been working with the communities of Makongeni and Muhaka for 9 and 4 years respectively, to improve living standards and access to educational resources for local people through it‰Ûªs volunteer programmes. In this part of Kenya, it‰Ûªs estimated that around 70% of people are living below the poverty line and do not have access to proper educational facilities or healthcare. Many children live in unsanitary conditions where many are suffering from debilitating intestinal worm infestations and...

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Jungle Research 2, Sapulutely Fabulous!

We are very proud to announce that we are the winners of the ‰Û÷Business With Exceptional DNA‰Ûª Award at The Global Angels 2013, which we accepted last night at The Roundhouse in London.  The Global Angels Award reflects our unwavering commitment to our projects around the world. The overriding ambition behind Camps International was to build a company that balances commercial objectives with philanthropic goals, without compromising the integrity of either one. Camps is a tour operator by definition but our...

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Out and about with The Academy

So we have been encouraging our summer School Teams to blog about their experiences while they are out in Borneo. With their own words, presenting WESTHOLME SCHOOL...Congratulations on the climb and good work guys! So far Borneo has been a blast. We have conquered the jungle trek, the mountain and even got very involved with the community work. This consisted of mud baths and a lot of sweat! Jungle Trek ‰ÛÒ We have taken part in a 4 day, 3...

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Little trip to the Galapagos

Whilst our current team of gappers moved on from Camp Tinangol and are working hard on project work at Camp Mantanani this week, their blogging still continues with more experience and adventures as they go along in their Gap Yr program. It's not all work and no play, honest! Eva Reda continues to share her blog here... Hi all!!åÊ The blog is back due to popular demand! I'm flattering myself here (but a big thank you to the parents who...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Laura’s Boxing Day Swim

On a moonlit night, almost as bright as day, when even scoundrels and vagabonds fear the dawn, from o‰Ûª the murk the bones of a beast of terrible size can be seen lurking next to the surf. But this is no mythical monster. This apparition; as old as time, as terrifying as the dark, is a ship from days long gone, slumbering where she fell in the waters of Mantanani Island! ‰ÛÏAhoy m‰Ûªhearties! Be you in need of shelter?‰Û calls...

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For those of you travelling in 2013 we know that this is probably the toughest point of your year when it comes to fundraising.åÊ Your summer holidays are over and you are starting a new year at school. It may seem like there couldn't possibly be enough time to raise the money for your expedition... Check this: Cash in the attic......! Think again! Becky Surrey is travelling to Borneo with Neale Wade school next summer and has raised ALL the...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Encounters of the Leech kind, jungle trekking

From the east coast to the north west coast of Sabah, Eva‰Ûªs Gap Year programmes in Borneo brings you to the lovely paradise island that is Mantanani! Hope you are all well! We're all great here (and very tanned). Hope you've not been worrying these last ten days; Mantanani Island, whilst beautiful, was devoid of both wi-fi and phone reception. Warning: prepare to be extremely jealous after reading this blog entry... This week's new and exciting location was Mantanani Island,...

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In November last year Camp Kenya started working with the Chanukeni Children‰Ûªs Centre founded by the Chanukani woman‰Ûªs group. The group is a registered self-help association whose main objective is to support orphans and other needy children. When we first visited the center there were 35 Children, ranging from the age of 2 to 9 years old. The center was built on a piece of land that was donated by a group member who has also undertaken the role of...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

The Trust House

I did a flying visit to our camp in Cambodia recently and was really excited to see the development of the camp since i had lasted visited. When I was last there it was an empty overgrown piece of wasteland that was half cleared for mines and unexploded ordnance, and I was holding a very rough sketch of what we envisioned it to look like. The first thing before entering the camp was to meet all the staff who rushed...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

What a day!

Gap Year in Borneo with Eva Reda gets really exciting to read every single time she gets us a blog update. The last we heard from her blog hereåÊ she was going to take up a Open Water Dive courseåÊ ‰Û_ What has she been up to in her second month in the program? Hello! Hope you're all well! Get comfy in your seats now, because this blog is going to be a long (but hopefully informative) one... As promised,...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

In eight weeks we will…

Since we started our operations in Borneo we have gradually developed our infrastructure and camp. However in preparation for a busy team season over the next 2 months we took the decision to open a brand new camp. We always new our existing camps were limited in their capacity both for housing the teams but also in effective and worthwhile project work. And so we started our search for a new location - this is never an easy thing to...

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Sunny in Cambodia #2

If you go to Otavalo market on a weekday it is impressive.åÊ You think about the fact that you have been told it is the largest arts and crafts market in South America and you come away satisfied. Then you go on a Saturday.åÊ The noise, the colour, the crush, the sheer overwhelming abundance of life is senses shattering.åÊ I would guess that it is eight or ten times the size of its weekday self.åÊ I have changed the schedules...

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Bethany’s Story “Fundraising for Kenya 2011”

Mantanani Community Learning Centre (CLC) has been officially handed over to the community on 18th October 2012. Following Rory‰Ûªs blog today on Wow! Completing Borneo Project WorkåÊ , I would like to share some photos documented from when it all first started building åÊin June 2010 to October 2012 feeling how amazing it is to get very committed and hardworking volunteers getting stuck åÊin every part of the built. We have had many challenges throughout the completion of this building...

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Chaos Theory

Cambodia's rainy season is in full swing but that does mean that our camp at Beng Mealea is looking amazing with some fantastically colourful flowers and lush greenness and it has become a Tropical Gap Year Garden. When flying into Siem Reap you'd be forgiven for thinking the the whole area was flooded, but it is in fact just the padi fields stretching for as far as the eye can see with their intricate drainage systems designed to keep the...

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As we are now in the second year of operating in Borneo and with the first school team currently swinging in their hammocks in the jungle‰Û_.. It‰Ûªs probably about time you met the team that works night and day to make it all happen! Here‰Ûªs a sneaky look behind the scenes! Now here‰Ûªs the people to keep on the right side of‰Û_. the cooks!!!! Of course we are here to help wherever we can ‰Û_ sometimes that does mean having...

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Back to the briquette

Kayleigh Staples one of our School Expedition Co-ordinators left chilly UK to travel with a lead teacher to Cambodia over half term. We asked her for a record of her trip, just to make sure she remembered everything and here is her blog. After a coach, two long flights with my new teacher friend Steve and a car journey we (at last) arrived in Siem Reap. The week long trip was jam-packed to say the least and I still cannot...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Mango Fields forever

                              Knowing that 2011 was the UN International Year of the Forest we at Camp Borneo wanted to mark this with a special event, afterall we work alongside a number of communites whose daily life is a constant battle between habitat loss and reforestation programs. Forests and in particular the magicalåÊ and highly endangered Rainforests of Borneo are very much close to our hearts.åÊSo much bothåÊon...

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Harmony Farm in Cambodia

Just got back from a visit to the Stephen Kanja Primary School, where we went to have a look at the completion of a very exciting water project that has been supported by Sally's Children's Trust. I have to add that the drive up there is absolutely spectacular with the rolling green hills and the cool air that chills you as you get away from the coastal humidty. Love it! Simon had briefed me about the overall objectives of this...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Borneo, Bongkud through a child’s eyes

Many of you will know Eustace, Camp Manager at Muhaka and many of you will know that Eustace is the kind of man who will not agree with the saying, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." And he has proved it to all of us. Eustace signed up for a computer course only a couple of months ago and now he is on his way to being a fully fledged blogger and photographer! So, in the first of...

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