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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 – 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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

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

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

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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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

“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

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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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

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

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

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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