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Reported by Rachael on 28th April 2017

A whirlwind week in Borneo

A whirlwind week in Borneo

The day had finally arrived where 13 excitable teachers and 2 even more excitable Camps staff made their way to Heathrow Airport to travel over to Borneo for the 2016 Teacher Recce. Borneo has always been on my own personal bucket list, so to be able to share this with other like-minded people was amazing. Our itinerary for the week was pretty jam packed but this meant that we were able to see as much of each camp as possible,...

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

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

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Reported by on 10th December 2016

Which life-changing project would you like to join?

Which life-changing project would you like to join?

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

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Reported by on 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

“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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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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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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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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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