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Reported by Katie Baxter on 13th February 2017

A week in Peru

A week in Peru

My journey started off with a group of 9 teachers and two staff eager to start their Peruvian adventure on arrival at Heathrow airport. Over 24 hours (and 3 flights!) later, we were greeted with an amazing view over the mountains as we landed into Cusco. I think it was safe to say we all knew we were in for an amazing week! Peru has always been my favourite destination to visit, and having travelled there previously I was really...

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Reported by Guest Blogger - Rebecca on 26th January 2017

Peru Taught Me A Lot

Peru Taught Me A Lot

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

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Reported by Emily on 23rd January 2017

Happy Campers! – Kenya Gap Blog

Happy Campers! – Kenya Gap Blog

We have had a great team of 8 gap year volunteers for the first 2 weeks in Tsavo and everyone is loving the experience. Below is their updates... Jambo! (Hello) After months of working hard and saving, we’ve finally arrived! We are currently in our second week at camp Tsavo in Kenya. Once meeting everyone at the airport our journey began. The chaotic dirt roads allowed us to have time to begin to get to know each other. Within this short...

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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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Sport has the power to change the world… and you can help

At Camps International we are very excited to go into our 15th birthday year in Kenya with record numbers of students joining our Sports Development Programme departing in August 2017. If you are currently studying sports development or coaching, considering going in to this area for a future career or just simply love sport and want to help share your interest – this is the ultimate trip with impact for you. request a free brochure This inspiring sports development programme,...

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Reported by on 19th October 2016

Conserving wildlife and the big 5

Conserving wildlife and the big 5

Human wildlife conflict is a real and significant issue in many countries. In Kenya farmers are sadly shooting endangered animals to protect their carefully nurtured and essential crops from being trampled and are having to cut down trees to use for fuel leading to issues with deforestation. At Camps International we have been working in partnership with Wildlife Works, who run the Rukinga Wildlife Conservation programmes, for many years. They converted the land at Rukinga into a wildlife sanctuary in...

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Reported by on 18th October 2016

Ecuador’s Camp Esmereldas: In My Heart

Ecuador’s Camp Esmereldas: In My Heart

Camp Esmeraldas is located in a special place; you could actually say a magical place. This is not to exaggerate. The reasons to fall in love with this little place are many, for example the Afro Ecuadorian roots of the people, the music and the simplicity of the people. All of this surrounded by rich tropical fauna of immense value for the rest of the country. The camp is in a small community in the Esmeraldas province and is populated...

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Reported by on 17th October 2016

#EndPoverty

#EndPoverty

“Poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income. It is manifested in restricted access to health, education and other essential services” UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, something at Camps we spend every day working towards. We firmly believe that to overcome poverty, communities need to be given the help to create and implement solutions to the issues they are facing. This week we are focusing on the project work we are currently...

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Reported by on 04th October 2016

Happy World Animal Day – photo snapshots

At Camps International our conservation projects are designed to include four of the world's top biodiversity hotspots. We run a wide range of projects designed to reduce the conflict between animals and humans and protecting the environments of these precious creatures. Through our expeditions and trips we provide opportunities for our volunteers to see some of this amazing wildlife on safari, in rescue centres and in their natural habitat whilst they are exploring these stunning countries. Here area few photos that...

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Reported by on 22nd September 2016

Ecuador – Team Guacamayo Summer 2016

Ecuador – Team Guacamayo Summer 2016

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 will have and the memories you will collect. All of which will last a lifetime. We didn't know of the work ethic we would develop to make a change - no matter how big - to a community that is in need. We didn't know of the unlikely friendships that would form along...

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Reported by Henry Flynn - Sport BU on 09th September 2016

Africa Sports Talent Nurturing & Experience -SDX 2016

Africa Sports Talent Nurturing & Experience -SDX  2016

Camps International believes that sports contribute to the social and emotional benefit of an individual, such as weight control, problem solving, self-esteem, social competence, a source of employment and academic accomplishment. Over the past 3 weeks our group of the Sports Development Expedition (SDX) has been working solidly and along with our local staff in Tsavo, managed to nurture and develop sports talent of over 150 students and youth in Sasenyi primary school and its environs. This is what the...

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Reported by on 08th September 2016

International Literacy Day – the sky’s the limit

International Literacy Day – the sky’s the limit

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

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Reported by on 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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Reported by on 18th August 2016

Surviving Results Day

Surviving Results Day

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

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Reported by on 18th August 2016

Team Yaso Cambodia Trek Summer Expedition

An amazing account of team Yaso's summer expedition to Cambodia, recounting the daily activities and projects, along with some great insight into everyday Camps life...   Saturday, 16 July Terminal 2 departure hall waiting for our flight. Everything running smoothly so far. Sunday, 17 July Arrived safely after a smooth but very long journey to a very warm greeting and a very hot climate. We arrived at camp mid afternoon Sunday and have learned all about the work we will be...

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Reported by on 13th August 2016

Trips with impact: Kenya snapshot

Trips with impact: Kenya snapshot

Kenya is home to truly stunning beaches, vast open savannahs, unexpected highland retreats and iconic red sands. It's also home to some of our planet's most spectacular wildlife. Here's a snapshot of some of our favourite images which capture why Kenya is where we launched our first programme from in 2002 and why it's a fond favourite still today. request a free brochure Stunning scenery The truly amazing and contrasting scenery in Kenya is breathtaking. From mountain ranges and equatorial rainforests to the...

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Reported by on 10th August 2016

Trips with impact help to boost your CV

Trips with impact help to boost your CV

Alongside the personal benefits a volunteering trip with Camps International can give you, there are many other ways in which your experiences will benefit you now and for potentially years to come. Applying for jobs is a very competitive process. Some jobs attract hundreds of applications and volunteering can help you to stand out from the competition. It will enable you to demonstrate your key skills and provide examples of where you have put these skills into action. It is...

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Reported by on 02nd August 2016

Trips with impact: International Internships

Trips with impact: International Internships

An internship with Camps International offers you the perfect blend between gaining real life experience to support your future career and helping to make a difference in some of the poorest countries in the world. At Camps we offer internships in a wide range of subjects including conservation, business & agriculture, design & creativity, education, environment & engineering and law & international studies. Our programmes are split across Asia and Africa.   request a free brochure An internship can be taken...

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A few weeks can change hundreds of lives, forever

Camps International, with the help of hundreds of inspirational volunteers, have helped to positively impact on the lives of over 35,000 people to date, in 8 countries and across 3 continents. We deliver sustainable projects that enhance the lives of the communities we work with.   Our unique approach of building relationships within these rural communities helps us to focus on projects that will have the greatest impact and improve the greatest number of poeple.  At any one time there can be over 100 humanitarian, environmental...

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Reported by on 29th July 2016

Trips with impact: Ecuador snapshot

Trips with impact: Ecuador snapshot

Ecuador is a nature lover's paradise, the perfect mix of spectacular snow-capped volcanoes, vibrant dense tropical rainforest and palm-fringed beaches. Here's a snapshot of some of our favourite images which capture why Ecuador is a firm favourite. Stunning scenery Experience the wonders of the Amazon rainforest, windswept highlands, snow capped mountains and palm fringed beaches, all within a day’s drive of the capital, Quito! Meeting amazing people You won't feel like a tourist, you'll feel like a local. Living alongside...

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Reported by on 15th July 2016

A like for every life changed

A like for every life changed

This week we are celebrating reaching 20,000 likes on Facebook, which prompted us to think about what we’d like the next milestone to be and why. So our next mission is to reach 35,000 likes – a like for every life changed through our projects in Africa, Asia and South America. At Camps we are exceptionally proud of our ongoing, unique approach to supporting some of the most vulnerable people in rural villages where poverty levels are high, and there...

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Reported by on 12th July 2016

The Camps Effect: Our Projects

The Camps Effect: Our Projects

At Camps we have a founding commitment with every community we go to work with, that we will be there 365 days of the year, for a minimum of 5 years and work in partnership with the community leaders to develop projects that focus on the needs of the local people. Therefore, our projects may vary month to month and year to year, however our commitment to making a lasting change never ceases. We work exclusively in rural villages and...

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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 Peter Kalenga Kai on 21st June 2016

DECENT MOVE TO AFRICAN CULTURE

DECENT MOVE TO AFRICAN CULTURE

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

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Reported by Megan on 03rd June 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Michael!

Fundraising Friday Star – Michael!

Check out Michael! He is already waaaaay far ahead and doing a super fine job at fundraising! With a bit of encouragement and help from his parents plus sacrificing his christmas and birthday presents! Michael has raised over half of his total already and he doesn't travel until 2017! Well done!  When I first heard about the expedition to Peru I thought I could do that and I really wanted to go I had only been abroad once. I knew it was a...

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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 Sofia on 21st April 2016

UAE Teacher Trip to Kenya

UAE Teacher Trip to Kenya

Welcoming our first ever teacher familiarisation trip from the UAE to Camp Tsavo, and what an epic success it was! For most, this was their first time stepping foot in Africa and I am positive that it won’t be their last. All together we had 30 teachers travelling from schools across the Middle East, and I was the lucky one to lead the group to experience first hand our Camps culture and what we truly stand for. Here are some snapshots of...

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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 Hannah on 11th April 2016

Camps International join the American Gap Association!

Camps International join the American Gap Association!

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

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Shazza’s Crazy Challenge for Camps Foundation – Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

Everyone knows the crew at Camps International are a little bit crazy and I am no exception! I love a good challenge, particularly if it’s physical and have a history of climbing big mountains, running marathons and anything else that pushes me to my limits. Well, now I have tackled my biggest challenge yet, the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race. It pretty much does what it says on the tin in that, you have to paddle from Devizes in...

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Reported by Mel on 21st March 2016

Community Outreach Programme – Timbang Batu

Community Outreach Programme – Timbang Batu

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

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 17th March 2016

Gappers Blog- Kidia Tanzania

Gappers Blog- Kidia Tanzania

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

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Reported by 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 Richard Peru on 23rd February 2016

Gappers Loving Camp Costa in Ecuador

Gappers Loving Camp Costa in Ecuador

Hello from Puerto Rico which is located on the Ecuadorian Coast between Montanita and Puerto Lopez. We are a group of 23 volunteers, 21 from England, one from Scotland and one from Germany. We are in Ecuador to volunteer and develop the infrastructure of the small community. So far our work has been very interesting and diverse. During the first 6 days we completed the project of building a new septic tank for the local school as the old one...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

JUST KENYA AND WE LOVE IT!

JUST KENYA AND WE LOVE IT!

We were blessed to open the year with a great team of 15 gappers who are now based in our Camp at Muhaka. One week down and are all having a fantastic moment and they had something to share‰! Jambo! (meaning hallo in Swahili language)  We all arrived safely in Camp Muhaka and we are all getting along really well. Although things seemed to be really different from our normal life here; everything looks amazing. The camp hospitality is incredible...

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Reported by Lindsay on 23rd February 2016

Dream House

Dream House

Mrs Boun Yoeun is 57 years old. Her husband and two sons were killed in the Khmer rough war. After his death, Mrs Boun Yoeun returned to her village but she found her home had been destroyed. Her neighbour helped her to build a little house for her and her daughter, her life was extremely difficult as you can imagine having lost her husband, two sons and her home.  In addition there was a lack of food, especially the staple...

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

Round Square International Schools

Round Square International Schools

Dear All, This is Round Square International Schools. They travel with from December 11th to December 23rd. They stayed in camp Bang Mealea and do the project works for two weeks. The below blog information is abstracted from their daily reports written by leader David Kyle. Please enjoy reading it. Camp Beng Melea is situated on 2 hectares of land in the community of Beng Melea, a 90 minute drive outside of Siem Reap, and includes 4 long houses for...

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Chaos Theory in Vietnam

Chaos Theory in Vietnam

Apologies for those that have read this before a few years ago, but I am in Vietnam currently and my thoughts expressed below have been further reinforced. It struck me in a taxi on the way to the airport this morning, how does this country keep moving with such chaos occurring on the streets all around me.  I have just spent a few days dashing around Saigon (or Ho Chi Min City to give its more modern name) and Hanoi. ...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Shrewsbury Geography Fieldwork Trip

Shrewsbury Geography Fieldwork Trip

This month we had a group of International School students from Bangkok for their A-Level Geography Fieldwork Summary for Cambridge International Syllabus. They were studying the topics on Crowded Coasts & environments Fieldwork (various locations along the Kota Kinabalu coastline, including the port, islands, boardwalk, airport, business districts and tourist areas) and Population, Migration and Economic Transition (various locations around water village, outskirts of KK, townships, villages around KK) Apart from that, they had the opportunity to experience life out...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

KIDIA GAP BLOG

KIDIA  GAP BLOG

Our time in Tanzania began in Camp Kidia, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Just two minutes‰ walk down the road from camp were incredible views of the mountain. We settled in quickly as the staff were very welcoming and friendly. When we arrived at the project site, we learned what we would be doing during or stay in Kidia. Another group had started building a house for an old man and his wife. Their own house was slowly...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Cambodia- ramblings and reflections

Cambodia- ramblings and reflections

As my role is predominantly fundraising, my blogs normally revolve around introducing our fundraising Friday stars. Whilst I thoroughly enjoy trying to incorporate some kind of really bad joke or pun into my short introductions, it is refreshing to be given the opportunity to write about something a little bit different. As some of you may already know, I was lucky enough to be asked to travel to Cambodia over October half term, in order to visit our camps and...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – ALEX !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – ALEX !!

I‰'ve always wanted to hold an auction, purely to be able to look important and get to use one of those little wooden hammers if I‰'m honest which isn‰'t hat great a reason. Alex however, clearly has more reason than me because she‰'s only gone and raised over £1700 in one night AND organised a disco AND a buffet. You guessed it, it‰'s our Fundraising Friday Star and this week‰'s winner has been extremely busy‰! When I initially heard about...

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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 Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

KENYA STUDENTS LEARNING OUTSIDE CLASSROOM,DESPITE ONGOING TEACHERS STRIKE

KENYA STUDENTS LEARNING OUTSIDE CLASSROOM,DESPITE ONGOING TEACHERS STRIKE

Education is the key to empowerment and ending poverty in any marginalized community. Teachers play a big role ensuring that students achieve this goal by receiving intensive education, knowledge and thrive academically every day in school to better their future.   Public school, especially those in the rural receives limited support from the government, school infrastructure and education facilities are dilapidated as a result education development in these areas are few or nonexistent. 70% of families live below the poverty...

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Reported by Ally on 23rd February 2016

What a difference a summer makes

What a difference a summer makes

As many of you are aware, one of our major projects over the summer was some serious work in the local primary school within the community at Camp Kuri Kuchu. Our volunteers worked on a seemingly endless list of projects all designed to ensure the school would not be shut down by the local authorities. Humberto Fierro school is one of a dwindling number of tri-lingual schools in Ecuador. The school teaches Spanish, English and most importantly, the local Quechua...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

THREE WEEKS OF TEAM COMMITMENT

THREE WEEKS OF TEAM COMMITMENT

We've had a fantastic summer in Kenya-Camp Tsavo and at the moment we are all back home safely. I  thought to share this amazing experience with you...................... Breakfast was  as usual at 7:30am and then we were off to project work! The projects varied from improving primary school infrastructures to helping local women in their farms as well as helping to expand water catchment in a wildlife sanctuary. In my 2 weeks in Kenya I helped refurbish a classrooms, build...

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Reported by Ally on 23rd February 2016

Behind the scenes at Camp Ecuador

Behind the scenes at Camp Ecuador

You all know about the amazing work that happens during team season every year, and we thought that perhaps you might enjoy a little peek at what goes on behind the scenes. As you can imagine, preparing for a few hundred teenagers to arrive into a foreign country is no small task. Not only are there the camps to get ready, there is the food very, very important, all of the project supplies to arrange and of course, quite a...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Norsalleh The Forest Guardian

Norsalleh The Forest Guardian

Late last year we were asked by the UK online Magazine - Trek and Mountain for an interview for a "local hero". The Local Heroes section basically involves hearing from the guys on the ground (local porters, chefs, trek leaders..) who help make trips so memorable for tourists travelling abroad to hike. We agreed to it after selecting a local hero that would be a great fit on the specific section featuring our local hero. The interview ran in June...

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Reported by Richard Peru on 23rd February 2016

Dancing in Per’_

Dancing in Per’_

Anyone who has ever been to Peru before will know that if there is one thing Peruvians love it is a good dance. The variety of traditional dances is astounding and our volunteers are lucky that our camps are all in geographically and culturally distinct locations. This means that throughout their expedition a school will come across a whole host of costumes and music, all with unique and special significance. Below are just a few examples of what you can...

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Reported by Ally on 23rd February 2016

Week three and it’s a FULL house

Week three and it’s a FULL house

Week three is almost finished and as of 1 am this morning, all of our teams for 2015 are safe and sound in country, even if a few bags are still in Madrid‰! Our co-ed teams have risen to the girl‰'s initial challenge and some of our projects are already nearing completion. The ceremonial ‰termascal‰ in Camp Kuri Kuchu is on target for its inauguration at an important community festival in early August. I‰'m pretty sure that any teams visiting...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Team Ikan Blog

Team Ikan Blog

Life in Camp Tinangol, well where do I start? Because it has got so many amazing qualities. I think I might start with the camp itself. It has beautiful views and a relaxing atmosphere. It is big and spacious but not too big that you have to walk for ages! It is on the edge of the jungle and the sounds are amazing. The long houses are spacious and surprisingly comfortable. They are made out of all natural materials so...

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

CAMP BENG PAE from July 14th – 25th

CAMP BENG PAE from July 14th – 25th

CAMP BENG PAE - July 14th - 25th, 2015 Camp Beng Pae opens the gate on July 14th 2015 and is hosting the group until July 26th. The first group is Ronearl (ibish), second group is Sarika (minor bird) and the third group is Sek (parrot). As soon as the group arrived to camp, Sunny the camp manager and his local team are greeting them with big happy smile and check them in to camp. He then walk the group...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Team Orangutan Blog

Team Orangutan Blog

After such a long journey, arriving at Camp Tinangol was a relief. The expectations of the food were pretty low but we were all taken by surprise at how good it was and seconds were even on the cards! Sleeping in a long house on the first night was an experience, especially feeling almost exposed to the outdoors but good sleep was had all around. A 6am wake up call was a little early but we were all ready and...

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

KULEN MOUNTAIN TREK

KULEN MOUNTAIN TREK

KULEN MOUNTAIN TREK Kulen Mountain is one of Cambodia's national parks. It stands behind the camp Beng Mealea about 11 km away. From 802 AD - 879 AD, King Jayavarman II established the campital city of his great Khmer Empire in Kulen Mountain and carved thousands of Hindu Gods in the river bed with glassy water flowing to the waterfall. In the 15th century, King Ang Chan brought the Buddhism and added it to Kulen, and the huge reclining Buddha...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Team Tarsier Blog

Team Tarsier Blog

Since starting this trip our comfort zones have been pushed, and it has possibly been the most fun we could have this summer. Learning to mix cement and laying bricks are skills that we can carry through our whole lives. Meeting people from different schools and different cultures has allowed us to make new friends across the world. Working hard and playing harder has been a really great mix throughout this scary and adventurous trip. Of course there have been...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Summer Team season at Camp Borneo

Summer Team season at Camp Borneo

Greetings from Borneo! It's the 3rd week into summer. We now have 14 teams in country and last group arriving in the morning. We will then be running our peak at all Camps around Borneo! It has been a really busy few weeks with arrivals and getting everyone settled in and get stuck in with all our projects and activities. Over the last 2 quarters of the year we have launched a community centre, continued with on going projects building...

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Ceremonia de la Primera Piedra – The Ceremony of the First Stone

As you all know, this is our first year in the community that surrounds Camp Moray.  One of our first groups up there were lucky to take part in 'The Ceremony of the First Stone'; celebrating the start of our long friendship with the community.   This year we are starting the long term project of supporting the community through the building of bathrooms, the construction of green houses and then infrastructure projects in the school. To go along with...

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

Summer Teams Week 1 & 2

Summer Teams Week 1 & 2

Welcome to Cambodia! This year is the fourth year since it was established in 2011. We brought bigger and bigger group to support Cambodia development project. The number rises to 178 people in 2015 and divided into 8 different groups. There were two teams arrived last week, Summer Sarika Team and Summer Sek Team. They stayed in camp Beng Mealea and did the project works in Beng Mealea Community, before they went to trek to Kulen National Park.  Summer Sek...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

TRUE EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

TRUE EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

This last blog is being written on our last day in Kenya: we are on the verge of leaving Kenya to either go home or go to Tanzania. We‰'ve had some amazing experiences, learned a lot and wouldn‰'t have missed it for the world. We went on a safari at Tsavo East Safari Park and saw elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, dik-diks, monkeys and many more. On another day we did Wildlife Monitoring, which led us through amazing remote places where...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

TRUE TRUE TRUE EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

TRUE TRUE TRUE EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

This last blog is being written on our last day in Kenya: we are on the verge of leaving Kenya to either go home or go to Tanzania. We‰'ve had some amazing experiences, learned a lot and wouldn‰'t have missed it for the world. We went on a safari at Tsavo East Safari Park and saw elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, dik-diks, monkeys and many more. On another day we did Wildlife Monitoring, which led us through amazing remote places where...

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Reported by Hazza on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Musician Lawrence!

Fundraising Friday Star – Musician Lawrence!

  Happy Friday doesn‰'t even do today justice! It has been a long week and an enjoyable week but we are certainly glad it‰'s Happy Friday time. This week‰'s Fundraising Friday Star is a chap called Lawrence and he is quite simply a legend. Read on to hear about how he has got himself to Ecuador this Summer‰!   Hi! I'm going to Ecuador this summer and decided to share my fundraising story with you all. I have raised all...

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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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Minga at Camp Kuri Kuchu. Š—–A Weekend of Community Action Service (CAS) and Dancing Under the Andean Stars

Minga at Camp Kuri Kuchu A Weekend of Community Action Service (CAS) and Dancing Under the Andean Stars by Tatiana Barragíçn Community Action Service is a big part of the IB programme and here in Ecuador we are fortunate to work with a number of schools who really want to get in an help local communities less fortunate than themselves. On this particular weekend our team consisted of 47 enthusiastic students on a mission to build, from scratch, the foundations...

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Reported by Stu on 23rd February 2016

Jonny Wilkinson joins Camps for an ascent of Mt Toubkal

Jonny Wilkinson joins Camps for an ascent of Mt Toubkal

  It was tough day at the office but someone had to do it.   Jonny Wilkinson has been busy raising funds for his Foundation and Camps were delighted to contribute a climb to the auction at his London testimonial.  Thanks to a generous donor, I have just returned from a fantastic week in Morocco with a great group of people. It‰'s a tall order to fly into Moroccan heat, grab a night and a bite in a Marrakech Riad...

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Reported by Hannah on 23rd February 2016

Help us reach out to 100 children in 24 hours!

Help us reach out to 100 children in 24 hours!

On the eve of the annual Camps Giving Day, employees from our UK and UAE offices have each pledged their support to our global education initiative: One Month One Child. The One Month One Child movement typically applies to our 18+ travel experiences. When a volunteer joins one of our programmes, we equip a child in South America, Asia or East Africa with everything they need for school. Since launching this campaign in February 2015, we have purchased essential school...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Hannah Udall

Fundraising Friday Star – Hannah Udall

At Camps International, we have one day a year that we join you guys with fundraising! 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 you guys 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. In line...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

REWARDING EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

REWARDING EXPERIENCE WITH CAMPS INTERNATIONAL

It was a huge blessing to have a dedicated team of 19 pax from Avon Valley School (UK) last Month.This group spent two weeks in Tsavo doing a community project work at Sasenyi Primary School; School located in the rurals of Kenya-Tsavo Region. They got engaged on making 10 desks for 20 children who have been siting on the floor due to lack of chairs and they desperately needed desks in class.The group loved the experience in Kenya and mentioned...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

The roling ball in 2015

The roling ball in 2015

In the football match, the refferee whistled for the start of the game. The teams begin to kick the ball and challenge each other to get the goal. For my Cambodia team, the first day of the year is the start of our game. We are committing to work harder and the challenging the result in 2014 is our goal. We are working together with all volunteers from around the world on numbers of projects to develop our poor community....

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

A WEEK OF CHANGE – MUHAKA GAPPERS

A WEEK OF CHANGE – MUHAKA GAPPERS

The week was fully loaded with plastering and playing with Kids, just like any other week, we enjoyed walking and working along with local children. Plastering the Muhaka Islamic school library, has been our main project and glad we can see it getting better every day. Indeed, it is a hard and challenging task (understanding the ratio between sand and cement then mixing with water and sticky it on the wall) each day we find our self-getting stronger and we...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

My Dream

My Dream

My dream comes true! My first visit to Beng Mealea was in 1999. I saw the local people had a very hard living. The children were studying under the tree; finding the foods in the muddy field; working under the very hot sun; skinny and unhealthy looking. I was feeling so guilty to see these and I have thought about the possible helps for them in the future. Two years later, the proper access road was built and the foreign...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Hannah Campbell

Fundraising Friday Star – Hannah Campbell

It‰'s Friday the 13th, and though I‰'m not one to believe in luck (being the most unlucky person on the planet), there was definitely nothing unlucky about receiving a submission for a Fundraising Friday Star from a rather lovely mum for her very hardworking daughter! So this week, we have a parent‰'s perspective of fundraising, and why it can be useful! My daughter Hannah Campbell has been working extremely hard to fundraise the entire amount for her expedition, she started...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Bella Shackleford

The sun is shining, the weekend is upon us and we‰'ve definitely all got that Friday feeling here in the office! In a mere matter of months some of you will be out in country getting stuck into your expedition, how exciting is that?!?! Make sure that you all log into your gateway and make sure that all of your details are correct and updated, especially your passport details so that we can actually get you on your flight! Back...

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Bricklaying Experts

The work at the new kindergarten project at Bongkud is progressing well, and many will recognise the project having been down at the foundation level for a while.  The walls are starting to take shape with some expert bricklaying from visiting schools.  This is Harrow International School from Bangkok who recently spent some time honing their trowel weilding and brick hoddying skills up at Bongkud.  Thanks to the school for their hard work and thanks Bea for the photos.  

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Bricklaying Experts

Bricklaying Experts

The work at the new kindergarten project at Bongkud is progressing well, and many will recognise the project having been down at the foundation level for a while.  The walls are starting to take shape with some expert bricklaying from visiting schools.  This is Harrow International School from Bangkok who recently spent some time honing their trowel weilding and brick hoddying skills up at Bongkud.  Thanks to the school for their hard work and thanks Bea for the photos.  

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

BE CHALLENGED AND MAKE DIFFERENCE “KENYAN GAPPERS”

BE CHALLENGED AND MAKE DIFFERENCE “KENYAN GAPPERS”

It is our second month in Kenya and we all feel inspired by the work that we‰Ûªve done so far and most important, the difference that we are making to the people‰Û_‰Û_ To begin our final week in Camp Tsavo, we started by undertaking a project work at a local primary school (approximately a 40 minute drive Kenyan time) called Sasenyi. The purpose of this task was to construct an access point to remove the requirement for back braking maneuvering...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Becky Hales

So I am currently working my way through a very long list of potential Fundraising Friday Star entries! You guys are amazing and I love the fact that I always have a few new entries to glance over. I‰'m constantly amazed with all the different ideas you guys are coming up with. This particular entry has stuck with me for a while, 'because although Becky really wanted to apply, she has been busy. And we in the office understand this,...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Tinangol CLC Official Opening

Tinangol CLC Official Opening

We have just witnessed the handover of Bongkud community Centre in December and what a celebration we had with folks out there. We are still buzzing from that great occasion! Over a week ago, we had yet another special occasion and this time it was the official opening of Tinangol Community Learning Centre (CLC)! The following is a press release issued for the official opening of the CLC on 30th January 2015.  It was a very memorable event, celebrated in...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Lochlan Chamberlin

Fundraising Friday Star – Lochlan Chamberlin

IT'S FRIDAY... and I've most definitely got that friday feeling going on! As some of you may have seen already, it is Kenya week on Instagram this week (http://instagram.com/), so I thought it would only be fitting to have a Fundraising Friday Star who is going to Kenya this summer! However, I could never in my wildest dreams have found someone so enthusiastic about their fundraising and their expedition, as Lochlan! I adore this story, even the part about his...

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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 Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

A NEW YEAR, A NEW CAMP AND NEW GAPPERS’

A NEW YEAR, A NEW CAMP AND  NEW GAPPERS’

Well, It's a New Year ,New Gappers in Our New Camp, all pleasantly enjoying the Camp Tsavo incredible environment and the services from our friendly staff. The group has been working solidly on a new boys toilet block in one of the local schools close to our Camp.They are all having a fantastic moment and this is what they have to share.............. When we arrived at the camp we were all pleasantly supprised at the stunning landscape surrounding us. The camp fully embraces a traditional Kenyan...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Hannah Hanlan

Fundraising Friday Star – Hannah Hanlan

After a rather terrible start to the morning thanks to the -6 weather here, and my car door being frozen shut.... [yup, that actually happened, only me!] It brightened up my day no end to find a few new Fundraising Friday Star applications in my inbox, some of your stories are so incredible it is actually becoming a serious struggle to pick only one winner every week. Please don't worry if you have emailed me and haven't yet been chosen...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Adam Cyster

Fundraising Friday Star – Adam Cyster

It's been another crazy week, one of those weeks where you feel like you've been working non-stop but feel like you haven't got a single thing done! Add that to the fact that it's January, it's gloomy and the post-christmas blues are in full swing! The only thing keeping a smile on my face is hearing about everyones fundraising. You know how tinkerbell is fuelled by the belief in fairies, well I am fuelled by your fundraising stories, so send...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Christmas at Camps HQ

Christmas at Camps HQ

'Twas the night before Campsmas, when all through the office Not a creature was stirring, not even a Sophie; The presents were slung under the tree with care, In the hopes that secret santa soon would be there; The camps staff were snuggled in their Christmas gear; Whilst songs about reindeers were sung in their ears; Even though our brains had settled for a long winter's nap, We tried our hardest to be as busy as we could, When out...

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Bongkud Community Hall Opening

The following is a press release issued for the official opening of the Bongkud Community Centre last week.  It was a great occasion, befitting the awesome completed building, and the thousands of hard graft, blood, sweat and tears which went into the project over the past 3 years or so.  I would like to thank everyone involved along the way, putting their heart and soul into the project.     Helping local communities: Camp Borneo officiates Asang Community Hall in...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Georgina Leadley

Fundraising Friday Star – Georgina Leadley

It's very nearly the joyous month of December; the birth month of some pretty awesome people (including myself!), and of course the time to celebrate the Christmas period! The office will get decorated with Christmas cheer next week, and I‰'m quite excited for it to be acceptable when I accidentally get Christmas songs stuck in my head and sing them to the office! (Yes, that happens‰! quite frequently may I add!) We even picked for our secret santa today!!! If...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Amy Selibas

Fundraising Friday Star – Amy Selibas

I have something to tell you guys. I‰'m not proud of it though‰! It‰'s hard for me to say out loud. I have not exercised in two months‰! TWO MONTHS! It‰'s bad, especially considering my usual love of running and lifting weights. This weeks Fundraising Friday Star gave me the motivation to get back on the bandwagon and I‰'ve been working out all week this week, and I‰'ve never been happier (got to love those endorphins!) As a firm lover...

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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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“THE WORK OF CAMPS TOUCHES HEARTS OF MANY” MUHAKA DISPENSARY EMERGENCY WARD HANDING OVER CEREMONY

Our volunteers have been tirelessly building an emergency ward in Muhaka dispensary since January 2013. The aim of this project was to provide a place where serious patients would be able to be admited and receive sufficient medical treatment from proffessional Doctors and Nurses. I thought by sharing this bit of story and inspirational achievement done so far by our volunteers, will make your day a nice one‰Û_‰Û_   Muhaka community dispensary was officially opened in 1943 .Until recently it...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Asia Pacific Eco Conference 2014 (APECO)

A few weeks ago Mariani, our operations Manager and I registered to attend a 3 day International Conference to be held at Sutera Harbour in town. It is the 8th Asia Pacific Conference (APECO) to be attended by over 200 delegates from 19 countries including Malaysia organised by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA). 6 days  before the event, I was invited by the APECO organising chairman and Ian Hall from Arkitrek who was the lead facilitator, to...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Olivia

Fundraising Friday Star – Olivia

Last week I received the BEST EMAIL EVER, not even joking‰! An email about free shoes or chocolate could not have put a bigger grin on my face! I love fundraising, and I love hearing from you guys! So when I receive an email specifically to tell me about your fundraising, it makes me the happiest girl in the world! Especially when it‰'s about an event that I would LOVE to go to! This week‰'s Fundraising Friday Star is Olivia!...

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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 1 on 23rd February 2016

And the winners are….

And the winners are….

And the winners are‰!   This year for the first time, Camp Ecuador ran an internal photo competition for our volunteers over team season. We chose three separate categories that we hoped would bring out the best in our budding photographers, ‰Funniest‰, ‰Inspiring‰ and ‰What Camps is All About‰. After receiving many entries and deliberating over countless cups of caffeine in the office we have decided on the winners. Before we announce them, we‰'d like to show you some of...

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Reported by SophieCI on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Bethan

Fundraising Friday Star – Bethan

I‰'m not going to lie; I kept thinking it was Friday every day this week! I think I just wanted to share the love and pass onto you the amazing success these students are having with their fundraising, and hopefully inspire you! So, come and read some more about this weeks star, Bethan! Bethan has really tried hard, and it shows! She has come up with amazing new ideas for her fundraising journey, and experienced some exciting things.  Here is...

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Rice today, Rice tomorrow, Rice forever

Rice today, Rice tomorrow, Rice forever

When we came to Cambodia, we were a group of, frankly beautiful, young people who barely knew each other and the land we were venturing into.  We emerged from Cambodia a group of sweaty hardened individuals, now bonded for life. But really, if you discount the trek related panic and asthma attacks, dirt related parasitic infections, various throwing up and bowel movements, it genuinely has been an incredible journey none of us will ever forget. Let‰'s start with the project...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Oli

Fundraising Friday Star – Oli

Hey guys, it‰'s the best day of the week, Fundraising Friday!!!! Time to meet our next Fundraising Star, Oli! Oli is pretty on the ball when it comes to fundraising, he got stuck in right away and decided to do something BIG! Oli recently climbed the three peaks, not only to raise money for his trip with us, but also for the charity Wooden Spoon! Pretty amazing, right? Here‰'s a little something from Oli: When Camps came to school to...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Project work in Ecuador

Project work in Ecuador

Our Teams have been making good progress on the projects across the camps so far this season.  Here are a few pictures of two of the projects on which we have been working, at Camp Maqui and Camp Kuri Kuchu.  They are very different in their nature, but very similar in their need for some hard labour. At Camp Maqui we are building a water catchement system.  The water supply to the village at Camp Maqui is extremely unreliable, sometimes...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

How to take the perfect photograph

How to take the perfect photograph

We‰Ûªre all guilty of buying a new camera and assuming that just because it has fifty different functions and more pixels than you can count on your fingers, it will automatically improve your photography skills.  In reality, technique is more important than the camera itself, but the good news is anyone can take good photographs simply by learning a little bit about their camera and learning the basics. Below we‰Ûªve collated some of the best tips and advice on how...

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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 Kevin on 23rd February 2016

#CampsGivingDay Ecuador 2014

We all awoke here in Ecuador to a flurry of #CampsGivingDay activities and emails (being 6 hours behind) from around the world. We all also awoke a little sluggishly and with a bit of a hangover after the Camp Ecuador fund raiser the evening before in Quito. After witnessing Damian's Irish dancing we were all a little jaded and we set off on an early morning journey to a school near Camp Kuri Kuchu. Our plan for #CampsGivingDay, as well...

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Camp Borneo’s Giving 100% Pledge

The Camp Borneo team are currently snowed under with several large International School groups as well as some gappers so are somewhat busy and unable to focus fully on a day of giving.  However it doesnt mean they have forgotten about it and have made some plans for when things quieten down a bit.  here's what they're planning/pledging.... 1) Camp Borneo ‰Camps Kitchen Recipe‰ Book.   The idea is to collect and compile signature dishes from all of our Camp locations,...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

UK Office’s Giving 100% Plans

Please feel free to pop over to Camps International HQ, Unit 10 Kingfisher Park this coming Thursday 29th May to show your support of our 100% Giving Day. Our aim is to fundraise as much money as possible for The Camps Foundation, teamed with our staff across the globe! #campsgivingday The Camps Foundation is our way of demonstrating our unwavering commitment to the wide range of projects and activities. We work exclusively in rural villages and wildlife conservation areas where...

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Reported by Vics on 23rd February 2016

‘Ivory Belongs To Elephants’ Walk

‘Ivory Belongs To Elephants’ Walk

As we all know, poaching remains to be a huge problem in Africa and it is believed that about 30,000 African elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks. According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya has a population of 38,000 elephants and 1,039 rhinos and over the last three months Kenya has already lost 51 Elephants and one rhino. Although the Kenya Wildlife Service has not classified poaching as a crisis yet, Non-Governmental Organizations, the Office of Public Prosecutions and other government...

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Visit to the Sun Bears

I am lucky that during the course of my day to day work I get to visit some great places.  And finally over the weekend I got to visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre at Sepilok - this is a very special place since teams from Camps have been working there on and off for the past few years, as well as it being designed and built by our friends at Arkitrek.  Its not been opened long and I have seen friends...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

KUDOS TO KENYAN GAPPERS

KUDOS TO KENYAN GAPPERS

For the past ten days a butch of seven Gappers have been working solidly on our local School Project Work in Muhaka Community and just before they left for Tsavo Camp, they had something to share about their new life in Africa............. We arrived at Mombasa not knowing anyone, but we were greeted by friendly staff who were excited to see us and introduce everyone. This helped us feel at ease. We were quickly off on the bus and travelling to...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Kenya Gappers Bring Us Their Update…

We have finally finished our jungle trek after 5 long hard days of walking, and with very few mishaps along the way! The start of our trek began at a new camp in Bongkud and there we organised our kit as well as the food we had to carry. The food included mash potato mixture and lots of cereal, noodles and biscuits! We set off around 3 and soon got to our first camp which was a basic long house,...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

An accidental life changer at Camps International

Despite the rains (which we are all thrilled about), work is well underway at every project and our gappers and lifers have all got their hands dirty doing one thing or another. Yesterday, I went up to see our volunteers at Stephen Kanja Primary School as Patrick our camp manager, told me that the group in house have been so keen to get the additional ablution block up, which has partially been funded by the Raj family that they are...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Winners of the Global Angels Awards 2013

Here is another blog to add to our Dubai short trips series. Peter reports from Tanzania about the exhilarating experienceåÊthat Jemeriah College (JCD) had... Jemeriah College of Dubai (JCD) set off for their first short trip to Tanzania with the aims being to give service to the community, experience culture and partake in adventurous activities. The team comprised of 34 students and 4 teachers; they were out for a 10 days mission. I have led a variety of school teams...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Camp 2 Camp Challenge – “Porridge Tales”

Camp Kenya volunteers had an unusual treat during thier cultural tour last week, an opportunity to dance with a group of witches. For a conservative Kenyan, this would have been a horror. For the volunteers, this was the peak of africa.

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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

Last Tanzania gappers of 2013

It struck me in a taxi on the way to the airport this morning ‰ÛÒ how does this city keep moving with such chaos occurring on the streets all around me.åÊ I have just spent two days dashing around Saigon, or Ho Chi Min City to give its more modern name.åÊ The purpose of my visit was to speak with some of the schools in the city ‰ÛÒ 3 of them have just completed short trips with us over the...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

International School @ ParkCity Š—– Thank You!

They say time flies when you are having fun. The Camp Tanzania season has ended and it is time to sit down and look back, reflect on our entire season. So many volunteers came through this year and so much was done, targets were met and heaps achieved.Volunteers have been busy making a difference, leaving a mark on all projects that were assigned to them. Just to sum up sum up the kind of work that we were involved in:...

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

What happens in an emergency…

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Reported by 1 on 23rd February 2016

Trust House

Further to a recent post, it's time now to let the cat out of the bag... And it's a big one... Background The entire formation of Muhaka has an approximately population of about 2000 people, with more than 99% being Muslims of the Digo community. The remaining percentage consists of social workers and business people. Each village has a small business centre, acting as a meeting point for the community. Formal Sector unemployment rates in the village are over 80%,...

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School Library in Cambodia

I visited the school in Beng Mealea, Cambodia, recently where the majority of our focus for project work is currently being put. It was still very dry on the ground but rain had started on the previous afternoons, so it was looking as if the long dry spell, and inherent hardships, were finally coming to an end for the community. We have at last lifted the roof off the left hand classroom at the school which was suffering from falling...

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Rushcliffe School Borneo Journal (Part 1)

We just had the Year 8 from Braeburn Garden Estate in Nairobi with us for a one week school trip at Camp Makongeni (have a look at their blog HERE). It's not their first and it certainly won't be their last! And hopefully the same for Karine Eudes, their wonderful teacher who is moving on to other adventures around the world...but I know we will see you again too! Merci toi! And we will miss you too petit crevette! :)...

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Camp Beng Mealea @ Camp Cambodia

Story and photos courtesy of Rachel Willox and on behalf of fellow volunteers Kerry Watson, Jenni Harris, Eleanor Cowie, Vicki Smith and Charlie Fuller During our time working at the Stephen Kanja primary school, one of our favorite tasks was serving the porridge to the 110 nursery children each morning. Patrick, our camp manager, told us that when Camp Kenya started working with the school; many of the children were poorly nourished and coupled with an often long walk to...

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Summer Fundraising Successes

I've been a bit lazy in the shaving department recently (my beard grows in direct relation to my workload.) Before the weekend I had a 3 week old beard which I shaved into a 70's truckers moustache for a 70's club night. I've noticed that people are treating me slightly differently. I think I'm gaining respect from people I don't know and inversely losing respect from people I do know. The experiment continues...

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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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University Clearing or Gap Year?

So the big day is approaching, the day you‰Ûªve either been looking forward too or more likely trying to forget about.  Yep I‰Ûªm talking about A-Level result‰Ûªs day, as if you needed reminding. Hopefully once you get you‰Ûªre A-level result‰Ûªs you‰Ûªll be celebrating but with University applications at an all time high some students will unfortunately just miss out on their University of choice. For those who do miss out, it might seem like the end of the world at...

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Natalie Saar continues with blogging on her gap year in Borneo experience. As the weeks go by, there's more and more things to do, like going diving, sampling food at the night market, a bit of cultural dancing and more... (photos courtesy of our dive partner, Borneo Dream) I can barely believe it myself but I'm writing to you now as a qualified scuba diver! For the past couple of days we have been staying in Kota Kinabalu, the closest...

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Eid Mubarak from everyone at Camps International!

The summer season is in full swing and even the goats and other farm animals are not to be spared. Out at Camp Mwaluganje, we have been increasing our community outreach and this season we are running several free animal clinics thanks to a donation of veterinary supplies and about 180å£ from a charity called Ladies In Action which will go towards covering part of the vet's cost. It would be no exaggeration to state that just about every rural...

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Tanzanian Safari by Bourne Grammar

Friend of Camps International, Sunny Kim, will be working with us at Camp Cambodia for the next two months helping to gather project data in and around the communites near to Camp Beng Mealea. She's also writing her own blog andåÊI'll perodically post some ofåÊher thoughts as she meets families, gets muddy, eats things she probably shouldn't and wonders if she's being spied on in a North Korean Restaurant. (True story). It'll be interesting to get an outsider's point of...

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Camp Kenya “Summer of 2013!”

I know we have been a bit quiet on the Tanzania front but that certainly doesn't mean we have not been as busy as ever. Anderson, Eliphas and the Camp Tanzania team have been running the show in Tanga while Tommie has come back to Kenya to support the overall operations in East Africa. So here's the story straight from the camp and what our gappers have been up to...in Tanzanian village. This year we kicked off with construction of...

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Godolphin make it 100% up Mt. Kenya!!!!

The Team and Tim After 16 hours travelling we all arrived at camp Makongeni greeted with a hairy warm coconut (TIA)... mmmmm. 19 names seemed difficult to remember at first however, a day later and it already seemed like we‰Ûªd known each other a lot longer. We soon discovered everyone‰Ûªs personalities ‰ÛÒ some funny, some strange and then there was Rupert! Camp life is full of banter from sunrise to sunset making each day a good day. ‰Û÷Would I lie...

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Sasenyi Community

Year 5 from The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa recently visited Camp Tsavo with Camp Kenya. This article was published on their school website last week. Year 5 Field Trip to Tsavo National Park Posted on 15 May 2012 The Year 5 students from the AgaåÊKhan Academy, Mombasa went to Tsavo National Park, one of Kenya‰Ûªs beautiful national parks, on a field trip from 20-23 March 2012. The trip was organised to complement the Year 5 unit on ‰ÛÏResponsible Tourism.‰Û...

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JD part 3

From the Canon Slade Tanzanian Mountain Expedition... After 8 hours flight followed by another 1 hour flight we finally arrived in Tanzania. We went to Camp Mbokomu first where we spent the first week doing project work at the local School making a veranda (which we did in record time) and carpentry where we made two Tables for the School‰Ûªs Dining Hall. It was an amazing camp and a great way to start the expedition. As we got a warm...

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Hi all, Reporting from the coast. It's great down here, below you will find reports for our first group to visit camp costa. Finchley, Poynton, Harrogate high, st Thomas rich, havelock, Humberston, franklin and ormiston maritime. I'll let them fill you in on their week.... Hola from Camp Costa, so far Ecuador has been an eye opening experience. We've seen so many amazing things, starting in Quito. First impressions of the hostel were not what we expected, where's Lenny Henry's...

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Peter Kalenga just led the Hillcrest Preparatory School for a 4 day outdoor adventure at Camp Tsavo and came back smiling ear to ear...and of course had to share his trip with us.... After driving for 6hrs along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, the Hillcrest Preparatory School bus emerged in the middle of the Tsavo wilderness and drove along the semi arid, thorn bush vegetation composed of acacias and camiphora trees. As usual red clouds were formed as the bus disappeared deeper...

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Quality Family Time for the Lovely Loomes

We work with so amazing people across all the villages and places where our camps are based. Through our projects, we often meet and get to know outstanding talent and dedicated individuals who over time have become part of the Camps family. Many of you have met and worked with these people through your travels and I am sure you will agree with me that they are heroes in their own right. Over the next six months, we will be...

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We have completed another Snowdon adventure and are all feeling the pain in our arms, legs and bums, but even so we have taken some amazing memories away from the experience! So we were all packed and ready to leave at 7am on Saturday morning for the 5 hour drive from Bournemouth to North Wales. We had our tunes, sweets and most importantly our pillows for a nap on the journey. As we entered Wales the scenery started to change...

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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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Tavistock and Wavell

On 4th April 2009, 75 students and teachers from 5 separate teams travelling to Africa with us this summer packed their walking boots and head torches and made their way up to North Wales to climb a little hill called Snowdon as a practice run for the mountain expedition they are doing to either Mt.Meru or Mt. Kenya. Met at the hostel by leaders and various staff from Outer limits and of course Camps International, our UK Director Matt Lacey...

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Camps in the news today!

Despite a very rocky start to 2008 with election problems, our first four clients arrived in Mombassa last week. Since then the intrepid Imaginative Traveler team of Michelle, Allison, Vincent & Ingelise have been up to Camp Mukurumuji for their orientation, bush walks and a visit to the local village and Morris's house. Yesterday the team moved up to the elephant sanctuary and started project work in full force. The guys have been planting Jatropha seedlings to support the buffer...

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An apology: we have been having some technical issues so the blogs have been infrequent. Anyone who has spent anytime in South America may be able to sympathise, anyone who hasn't can barely imagine what I mean; but trust me, for all our best intentions, it has been impossible. So, I thought I would give an update in words, which I know can't equal pictures, but at least lets you all know what is going on, and I am sure...

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Allerton get muddy on project site

Like so many of the school teams who travel with Camp International to Kenya their time in country is just so full of activity, excitement, emotion and reflection. Sometimes so much that it is hard to put into words....   As soon as we drove into the Camp Tsavo we received a huge happy welcome from camp manager Sammy and his team. KARIBU CAMP TSAVO! Everything was well organized åÊand were shown our home for the next few days. The...

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Peter Kai and the Camp Makongeni team are on a roll right now... All eyes are now on Melbourne school from Southern Australia. The 17 pax comprised of 15 boys and 2 Teachers (Year 11 and 12) arrived in Kenya on 3rd December on their first school trip abroad with the aim of supporting sustainable and community development programs through Camp Kenya. Being the first school from Australia to visit Kenya through Camps International, the Makongeni community gave a special...

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Chaucer school update from the mountains

Continuing my theme of summer preparations, today i want to talk about Camp Bongkud. Bongkud is our most visited camp during the summer months with most teams passing through at some point. Hence it has some pretty juicy projects to get stuck into. The camp is having a minor refurbishment with new roofing on the communal area and a new larger storeroom. We are also looking at putting in a reed bed system to filter some of the grey water...

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Our beautiful camp Cambodia in the village of Beng Mealea is looking a lot drier since I was here last July but the team have done an amazing job with new long house style accommodation and masses of improvements including a bigger and better kitchen. With increasing gap year volunteer numbers and school team expeditions from UK, overseas camp Cambodia is looking better than ever. New showers Girls on the kitchen team knocking up an amazing lunch New accommodation complete...

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This article originally appeared on the Edge of Existence blog and has been reposted with permission (you can read the original post by clicking HERE): Here in Kenya we‰Ûªre being hosted by Camps International, staying at their Camp Makongeni, just outside Diani. Peter Kalenga Kaiis works for Camps International as a Project Co-ordinator for their conservation programmes and he has joined the course to find out just what it‰Ûªs all about‰Û_ Somewhere in Kenya‰Û_ Before I arrived, I didn‰Ûªt realise...

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A couple of weeks back we said kwaheriåÊ to our last lot of November volunteers and it felt like juståÊ the other day that we made this huge move into our own location in Tanga. So many volunteers have come through since Jan, 2011 and a huge impact is evident in the little fishermen‰Ûªs community of Mwambani. Tommie has been reflecting on life in the sleepy and peaceful little fishing village where our main Tanzanian base is... Community: Our volunteers...

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West Hill School, The Journey So Far…

‰ÛÏBest Volunteering Organisation‰Û Camps International reach the finals of the British Youth Travel Awards. Camps International have been shortlisted by the judges of the British Youth Travel Awards that take place on the 6th December at Westfield Stratford. The company based in Hampshire has been providing life-changing expeditions for volunteers all over the world since 2002. In the last 10 years they have helped send over 9000 young people to volunteer in some of the poorest and remote areas in...

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Ilfracombe Arts College were our first team to stay in Kidia, up in the rich, green slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It gets pretty chilly up there but well worth the stay in order to enjoy the most wonderful cultural exposure and interaction and be of real help to local people that very rarely receive visitors, let alone help from volunteers. The Ilfracombe Team have given an account of their experience at Camp Kidia.... We‰Ûªve had a great time here in...

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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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Group arrival at Camp Ecuador

This team of young people have just beaten Mount Kenya and are now focussing their efforts on helping local communities in Kenya but are not forgetting the help and support their families back home have given them to achieve their dreams..... We arrived yesterday after a 13 hour coach journey in good spirits where we were welcomed by friendly staff and Mama Mercy the manager of Imani Camp. We were showed round the camp which made us all instantly feel...

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Hi All, Crompton have enjoyed a busy week in the jungle, a few heavy downpours have called off project work a couple of times but this lead To a few impromptu Spanish lessons... Today the team are transferring out of the jungle, back to Quito for a night before heading to camp Kuri Kuchu in the mountains. Here a couple of pictures of the teamgetting stuck into project work and enjoying a quiz night with Burgate school! Ciao for now!...

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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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Ecuador school team updates so far…

Not so long ago, in a little Kenyan coastal village called Muhaka, a couple of strange looking people came along and started talking to the Chief, the school Headmaster and the elders. People started to ask questions like what do they want here? why are they coming to our little village? Then word got out through the passion vine that somebody was putting up a Camp. Up in went made much like any traditional houses in the area and then...

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A well earned promotion!

As millions of Kenyans watched on television, President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga stepped forward Thursday and clasped each other‰Ûªs hand in a gesture which carried with it the destiny of a bruised nation. A collective sigh of relief seemed to sweep across the country in that magic moment ‰ÛÓ mediator Kofi Annan clapping gently to their left while Kenyans clung to the hope of security after three weeks of protests. With their advisors and select Cabinet ministers standing...

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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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RHS & John Warner Team update

On the last day of the UK team's recce of Ecuador we discovered a turtle, upside down on the beach. First impressions were that it was dead, but looking closely you could see its throat flexing slowly. With the help of Byron, from the local village, we carried the turtle down to the shore line, if only to get it out of the sun and into the cool of the water. I suppose we had hoped it may be able...

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Camp Ecuador Team season well under way

Journey to the rainforest. Quite often, when you go to the rainforest, it is raining. Yesterday, we had a journey to the rainforest. The weather down there was fantastic, and this small fact meant that we saw things we have rarely ever seen before. Antisana volcano - a mere 5704 meters We drive over the pass, at 4064 almost every week, but this is only the second time I have seen Antisana. It sits right on the edge of the...

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Veteran Volunteers – Part 6

With Peace Day, 21 September nearly upon us, we wanted to let you know about this year's Peace One Day Celebration. Every year they have a big concert to raise awareness and funds for Peace Day and this year anyone can be a part of it, no matter if you're in Paris or Ringwood (like us). For the first time ever the Peace One Day concert will be streamed as a high quality webcast. The webcast, from Le Zenith Paris,...

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Fundraising Success

Stu returned from his break this morning to open his secret Santa pressie. Genius idea whoever brought this although we have had to tie the gap co-ordinators to their chairs to stop them playing.  

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Naomi was on one of our school expeditions to Tanzania this summer she wrote to me yesterday to share her experiences of our leaders in Tanzania...It sounds like they had a fantastic time and a lot of it is due to Vicks and James so a big thank you to the pair of them. I have found a photo of Viks but you need look no further than the cover of the Camps International brochure. Here's one of James. James...

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Our two month and three month Camp Kenya Gap year volunteers have just finished their first week in Camp Makongeni after spending their first two weeks at Camp Tsavo. Gladys, our Camp Manager at Makongeni, Jackson Reid and others have sent a short blog on what they have been up to in Makongeni and more importantly the story of a mother's life that's about to change... The last four days have been epic. In that time we have started the...

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Veteran Volunteers – Part 5

A little shopping and project work for the groups at Camp Kuri Kuchu - The Burgate School, Royal Hospital School and John Warner.  

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Veteran Volunteers – Part 2

Tommie is just back in from Camp Tanzania which has been buzzing with students from Dubai... I have been away in Tanzania for the past two weeks following up on a group of young enthusiastic studentsåÊ from United Arab Emirates on their school trips. Gems World Academy came to Tanzania on a Week Without Walls program. 51 students aged between 11 and 14 with their 6 Teachers made the GWA team. I went and met them at the airport and...

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Veteran Volunteers – Part 5

Kennedy Kariuki our Marine Program Coordinator finally has a chance to sit back, reflect and share a bit about our new Ocean Camp at Shimoni. We have had a great season and a lot of new and interesting challenges ahead to think about... As we all sit down at the restaurant, waves hitting on the coral in a systematic motion as though to create musical tunes and everyone evidently inundated with nostalgia from the serene silence in the camp now...

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Cambodia Project Update

The Stephen Kanja Primary school is situated at the very top of the Shimba hills, most of the children have to walk over ten kilometers every day to attend classes. The school does not have the means to feed any of the school children; as a result most of the children go the whole day without food. Last year our Camp Kenya Life clients built the school a kitchen/canteen and Deborah May, one of those clients initiated a feeding programme...

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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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Kenya Gappers:- Chizi Fresh Team

Wow what a week! Most of the United Nations were represented last week in sleepy Muhaka as we welcomed 77 students and 8 teachers from the International School of Kenya for their final year school trip. They had travelled from the hectic city of Nairobi to the chilled out south coast of Kenya. The brief was for them to spend the week of their final school trip having lots of fun, experiencing traditional culture, participating in community project work and...

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Exploring a remote Ecuadorean Andes conservation project

BURGATE BRING CAMP KURI KUCCHU TO YOU.... We are almost half way through our expedition with Burgate and it has been an adventure since I last wrote. We have left the white sands and stunning wildlife of the GalÌÁpagos Islands behind and are back on the mainland of Ecuador. The last stint has been in a little village, in the Andes north of Quito... Upon arrival at our new Camp it was easy to tell that we were high and...

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Global Issues Service Summit (GISS)

Yup, "Tanzania Rocks" according to the Kingdown/L.Old Grammar/Queensbury/Kings team...and here's why.... We arrived at Meru camp early Sunday afternoon, after a very rocky, bumpy ride up. We were all exhaustedåÊ as we‰Ûªd been traveling overnight and hadn‰Ûªt had much sleep. But were very excited to finally arrive! After a very welcome, delicious lunch and a welcome from Tommy, Lewis and Arnold, we departed for a walk around the forest, led by a friendly local man called Jackson. As we walked...

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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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GWA Service Project Trip to Borneo

This was originally posted byåÊBy Susanna Matters, UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador on the UNICEF websiteåÊhttp://www.unicef.org.au/Discover/Blog/March-2012/A-celebration-for-all.aspx We are very proud to know Susanna and how the work she put into her stay at Camp Kenya has affected her work and ours. To celebrate International Women's day the 8th March in her role as young ambassador she has written this blog. How come there isn‰Ûªt International Men‰Ûªs Day? It‰Ûªs the question that relentlessly pursues me whenever I pin on my purple ribbon...

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Ali somu

After being shortlisted this year (for the sixth year running!) for the responsible tourism awards and winning a highly commended award last year, we were all nervous about this years awards... It with great pride that I can blog that we won! The team are so proud! Unfortunately I don't have any cheesey photos (yet!) to post, but we do have a copy of our winners article in the Responsible Tourism Awards Magazine. It details the struggle this year has...

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Blazing week at the foot of Mt Kenya

Over the next ten days we will: Build two new traditional houses for two elderly destitute women: And renovate this entire nursery classroom: Anyone wants to bet we won't?

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Best Two Weeks Of Our Lives!

Hola Mundo There is a proverb that says better late than ever, so here I would like to share a special recce to the Galapagos, with Amy Force, a great colleague that came to Ecuador for the first time ever, long time ago with Damian our Director, to find all the great camps in the country. Now, this was her chance to finally see the Galapagos, a unique amazing place in the world. I always say I could live there...

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Back to Muhaka

It's been a fantastic year in terms of our school classroom project development in Kenya. So many classrooms that we started in the summer are complete or nearing completion thanks to a lot of continuous hard work by our gap volunteers. We thought it was time to share where we are: Itinyi Nursery Classroom This is a new school we recently partnered with located across the road from Camp Imani in Tsavo. A big thanks to Alice Smith School who...

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Introducing the Camps International Dubai

We have converted the reception at Camp Kenya into a FREE Internet cafe for all Camps clients and today is opening day. All profits from t-shirt sales and sodas go back into the Camps International Trust and are recycled onto the projects that our volunteers work on. It also enable the guys to upload their images to the Camps International Facebook and post project updates. I take no responsibility for 'social' or 'party' posts.

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Surf and Turf with Gappers experience in Tanga

About a year ago we started a very small research project which involved making a sustainable and commercially viable alternative to charcoal. Why? What's wrong with charcoal?? Simple fact is that it is non-renewable and one of the greatest contributors to deforestation in Kenya and many other countries in Africa. BUT People need something to cook their meals on and people also need to make a living. In Kenya, charcoal is big business: Charcoal depots. Photo courtesy of Elias Kimaru,...

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A Fairytale Engagement

The season has begun and what a start! Following Hannah's blog post yesterday on this rather obscure project that we are all very excited with, I could not resist sharing the beginning of the epic journey of Papa Pata Pata (Father Flipflop)...If you have no clue what I am on about, you will just have to wait and see what lies ahead at Camp Kenya's Ocean Camp... Meanwhile enjoy the photos! :) Benson and team welded the frame together. Benson...

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Dubai Shot trips in TanzaniaŠ—_..

Tommie, our Tanzania Operations Manager has just sent in a great post on the opening of a new kitchen built by our gappers in Tanzania. Congrats to all! There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the fruits of your labor come to pass. It has always been our ethos to make sure that any project we start we see it off to its completion. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image alignright size-full wp-image-946","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"209","height":"216","title":"finishing touches on the kitchen","alt":""}}]]The Fumvuhu School Kitchen construction started from scratch. Making...

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Hakuna matata (until you get a spider in your ear)!

It is great to see that Camp Ecuador is starting to make a positive mark on the landscape of the cloud forest. The community of Santa Marianita, home to Camp Maqui, said that the thing they need more than anything is an organic vegetable garden for the school. So that is what they shall have. It was decided after much debate that the best place for the garden was on the hill by the camp: a very short walk to...

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Dubai exodus to Tanzania

Camps International & Camp Kenya are proud to announce that once again we are supporting the Kenyan Whale Shark Tagging Expedition and that our Gap year students will be joining the boat on its daily search for whale sharks! Click below for more details:

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Tears of joy – making a difference in your gap year

Camp Tsavo continues to buzz over December with school groups from Australia and Kenya as well as families from the UK. Steve Mwasi and Peter Kai share a brief report on this little melting pot of cultures in the heart of the Tsavo ecosystem... Camp Tsavo receives volunteers and school group from different all over the world and once the teams arrive they participate on various areas of our ongoing sustainable community and habitat conservation projects in and around Rukinga...

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Trust House Youth Development Club opens!

There are a few reasons why you shouldn't take a day off from work at Christmas. Sarah one of our gap year co-ordinators learnt the hard way. It means you miss out on the joys of working at Camps International You get foiled...

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Gap Sarah – Foiled Again

Camp Tinangol, what can we say? We wish we‰Ûªd had a longer stay, Not even time to unpack bags, In the campsite full of zig-zags, The walk to town took 40 minutes, With everyone there in high spirits, Constructing a market and kindergarten, Soldiering on in the heat like Spartans, Then time to relax as the sweat was beading, In longhouses perfect for chatting or reading, The food was amazing, as were the staff, Our brief stay was a barrel...

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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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Home on the Ranch…

The following are excerpts taken from Peter Luck's (Campion School) blog. Campion was part of a composite team made up of fives schools (Stanground, Stonehenge, Banbury and Woodford Lodge). Quite a handful for Leo Biles who was their expedition leader and by all accounts did a fantastic job (as did all the teachers and students that made up this expedition).åÊ I think it would be fair to say that this really sums up how a Camp Kenya expedition runs so...

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Cash In The Attic: This Is How To Boot It

This conservation reached my inbox.... Ransomer: "Your Mars is being held to ransom make me an offer to get it back or lose it forever MMMMMM WWWWWWWOOOOO HHAAAAHHHHAHAAAA HHHAAA" Skip: "I have 10p?" Ransomer: "Not good enough - I want 1 item from EACH of your colleagues, BUT they must not know you have taken anything if just one person notices your mars will be gone................ ............ ...............FOREVER!!! They must be placed in the box of cookies on the table...

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Gap Reunion 2009!

This week our group has been working with the Chanukeni community, paving the way for 2 new classrooms so that theåÊchildren have a proper space to learn in. Currently all 40åÊchildren sit in one small mud hut with no floor andåÊthatched roof. We started off by being introduced to the children, most of whom are about 4/5 years old and hyperactive beyond belief. They sang us songs and proudly chanted us through the alphabets in English before we began our...

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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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Sports Coaching Volunteer Project A group of 24 students from Bournemouth University are traveling with us to Kenya in August 2013 on our Sports Development Expedition (SDX) and yet their Expedition has already started. As part of all our sports coaching volunteer projects volunteers undergo several training sessions to enable them to deliver a higher standard of coaching. Bournemouth University......on a weekend.....in the snow Barry Squires is leading this expedition to Kenya and has led it for us in the...

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Farewell Tanzania…

As many of you are aware, there is a whole lot of sewing going on in Muhaka...Susanna Matters was back in December for a month to take the rewashable sanitary pad program one step further. We are all extremely proud of this project how much it has already benefited the girls in Muhaka. The project is currently being scaled up and I finally managed to squeeze a blog out of Susanna! Here we go... When I was a child, my...

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Inca Trail Expedition

From Stonehenge to Shimoni. From Stonehenge to Shimoni! The last 8 days have been a real whirlwind since we touched down in Mombasa.åÊ We began our expedition on the ‰ÛÏparty bus‰Û which took us from the Mombasa ferry to the lovely village of Shimoni via C. I head office and the infamous giant flip flop turtle. Some students practised the art of bartering straight away and we‰Ûªve all tasted some local delicacies including: chapatis, mandazis and bakoras, and goat curry!!!...

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Teacher Recce for 2013 School Expeditions to Kenya

Question: What happens when you have 150 campers all tucked away in a peaceful little Kenyan village? Answer: Tell everyone to bring out the drums and party the Camps International way! And what a day it was! A BIG THANKS especially to Muhaka Primary school who hosted the event and all the crazy school teams for making special moments like these possible... Click HERE for more photos of the Muhaka Big Bash

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The Jungle Trek and Beyond by Sheldon School

The digital divide is just one amongst so many divides that exist between developed countries and parts of the world like Kenya. Sitting here in the luxury of my office behind my nice big screen and unlimited internet connection, yet having to wait five minutes to load up a photo less than 150kb makes you realize that we are still world's apart. And I am at the top end of the fortunate in this part of the world! We all...

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SPOOOOOONAGE – The Journey Begins

Just arrived fresh off the press from Tommie in Tanzania. Whilst our colleagues were singing (out of tune no doubt) at the concert in London, beautiful little activities like this were happening across some of the villages we work in in East Africa (more coming from Kenya)... This year Camp Tanzania celebrated Peace One Day with a range of sports activities. Our volunteers arranged four (4) teams, Brown, Gold, White and Maroon which were later joined by Mwambani mamas, babas...

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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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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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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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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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Gap Year Programmes in Ecuador – we’re getting older

I started leading expeditions on Kilimanjaro 12 years ago and my last climb marked the start of Camps International. It was whilst on expedition that I formed the early ideas for Camps and so its a fitting place to return to for our first, 'not for profit' expedition. I decided to invite a group of friends to join me on the mountain for an 8 day ascent of the Lemosho route. Everyone agreed to pay their cost, the company made...

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The Gap Diaries…

Holly and Rebecca on our Kenya Gap Year Program seem to also have the blog bug! Thanks for sharing... Over the weekend the other campers returned to the group, so project work was in full force with all 33 of us. On Monday, we began work on the large fish ponds with the Baraka Women's Mangrove Conservation Group. The villagers can then fish in these for food or sell the fish on so they can earn an income. Our work...

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The Gap Year Diaries… by Matt in Muhaka

Here is an update from the Kenya Tourist Board to reflect the current position in Kenya with regards to the localised incidents that have taken place since the recent elections. ‰ÛÏToday Nairobi was calm and all was operating as normal, apart from an incident this morning when a small crowd gathered in the city centre and attempted to hold a demonstration in support of the President. This was quickly dispersed by the police and all quickly returned to normal. There...

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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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åÊSouth Wirral, Devizes and Oaks Park School Expedition leave Makongeni on a real high and big thanks to all for wonderful village Olympics day... Week 1 ‰ÛÒ Camp Makongeni After a late start following an early morning arrival, we all enjoyed exploring Makongeni village with Abdul and Amos, meeting the locals and seeing the projects we would be working on for the next week. After lunch we all split into two teams, one heading to plaster the inside of a...

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Gap Year Programs to help your CV

Although we have several set projects and goals which we strive to reach by the end of each year, being on the ground 365 days of the year gives us a chance to be part of a community rather than just supporting a community and thus, often we engage with various community outreach programs and join up once in a while to either do something specific or just have a good time. Camp Tanzania has recently been spending a lot...

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Sunny journey to the rainforest

Hey all! Just a quick one to say thanks for all your entries so far! åÊWe've been loving receiving all your photo's in the office! I've posted a random selection of the entries we've recieved so far on our Facebook page as a lil taster so check that out! åÊI'll be updating the album regularly. Please note, this is just a random selection, (mainly because I didn't have time to put them all up) so don't fear if yours aren't...

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Sports Development Expedition begin…

It's been a busy month for the camps international website monkeys: We've put up a new easier to use front page. Added a new facebook profile. Done something with twitter and spent most of the time trying to figure out/explain what it is. Created a movies page from our youtube profile. On seperate company news we also said goodbye to Skip (Michelle) one of our longest staff members. For those of you that have followed this blog, you'll remember she...

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Peace One Day starts today and forever more…

Onsite planning is the key thing when running Makongeni Camp. I was caught in this photo whispering away while gappers, out of earshot, prepare to go to work! It could be anything from a missing shovel to tasks and numbers.

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Sports Development Expedition Tanzania 2012

Hamisi Pakiah is our Program Coordinator based at Camp Kaya, one of our new camps established, in order to promote forest conservation and culture. I asked Hamisi to share some background on the importance of the Kaya culture and what we are doing to protect these vital stretches of coastal forests in Kenya. Camp Kenya has been working on various conservation related activities for several years now and also gearing towards establishing an ecotourism venture managed by the local community....

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Trust House Update

So much has happened in such a little space of time. Projects we started only a few months ago are coming to a completion. Lots to share but easiest if the pictures speak for themselves... In June, we started our most ambitious project: The Trust House. School Teams and our ever present gappers cleared and fenced the entire 3 acres of the upcoming vocational training school we intend to build for the community. As part of the plans, we started...

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Holly’s Farewell

Construct 5 toilet blocks in schools and villages... Renovate and build 7 classrooms in four schools in different village... Protect an entire school from erosion... Provide 30,000litres of water storage and catchment... Make desks and chairs for 400 students in four schools... Construct 8 traditional houses for impoverished elderly people... Rehabilitate and recreate water holes for hundreds of elephants and other wildlife... Plant over 2000 trees... Collect tonnes of garbage and marine debris from the beaches... And have A LOT...

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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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Tales from Ocean Camp Shimoni…

With the summer season upon us and the first team arriving in just a few hours everyone is in high spirits and looking forward to what the season will bring. There is a real buzz around the office as everyone prepares for what promises to be an amazing summer here in Karibu, Kenya. One of the projects the teams will be working on this summer is to create a large Whale Shark out of flip flops collected from beach clean...

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We arrived at Camp MitiMirefu at Ndarakwai Wildlife SanctuaryåÊ on Friday 2nd August and were greeted by the friendly staff members who gave us a quick tour of the camp and the area which we would be staying. This place was very different from the other camps we have been staying at, from having a small local community to our neighbors being zebras, baboons and elephants which was both a surreal and an amazing experience for all of us! Our...

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Gap Year Feedback from 2012

I am not one to get emotional about community projects but this afternoon when I dropped into Muhaka and saw our Trust House buzzing with activities, I was (for a change), lost for words. We know one of the serious problems in Kenya and many other parts of the developing world is lack of opportunity for youth. There are simply no jobs and very little hope to break out of the cycle of poverty. We are not fooling ourselves into...

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Bridging the Youth Gap

One of the most exciting things for me having joined the Camps family is the challenge ahead of putting long term strategies in place for our projects. Camp Kenya has created an amazing foundation within communities and across a host of different environments and now we are asking, "where do we see our projects in five years?" It's complex but the glaring reality staring at us in the face is this buzz phrase: "Income Generation" There is no hiding the...

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Back to the elephant sanctuary

Hi again, how could I forget this incredible picture from the Tavistock and Wavell group....nice one guys.....    

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Of mud, mangroves and marriage…Gap Year in Kenya

Over the weekend, with16 Gappers heading for Camp Amazonia, we and the community put the finishing touches to the building. It looks great, even if it is not easy to photograph because there are trees absolutely everywhere. "Can't see the wood for the trees"? - being in the Amazon puts a slightly different perspective on that concept. With the group now there, we will post more photos this week with the place occupied and alive. Localized storm over the Amazon

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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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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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The Archbishop Diaries

We have been having a busy time in Ecuador and I felt that it was time to give the world a bit of an update.åÊ This will be all words and no pictures,we are having a few technical issues at the moment; lets start with them. The Ecuadorian president is a man called Raphael Correa.åÊ He is a firebrand of a politician, a socialist, who believes very much in the people of the country and their potential.åÊ He is not...

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Team Vale Academy and Barnwood Park on Mantanani Island

Long weekends are traditionally for family reunions, holidays and/or just another reason for people to get plastered. This year‰Ûªs Easter was all that and more. People from all walks of life, race, creed and organizations gathered at the Il Covo beach front on the North Coast for Beach 5‰Ûªs football tournament. This is an annual event that organized by Sporting Conservation and its aim is to raise funds towards small marine conservation projects and the Camp Kenya Trust was to...

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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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Magical Kenya…

Here are some of the pictures taken by our crew of the Teams during their work at the camps. GreatåÊavanze in all projects, thanks to all for your efforts.åÊ The mural at Camp Kuri Kuchu and the conservation of endangered species

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Tremendous trip to Camp Tsavo!

There is no question as to how busy things are right now as we get ready for everyone arriving in the summer. There has been little time to breathe in the last few weeks and everyone has got their teeth sunk into making sure each and every detail is being considered and prepared for. We love it! But we also know how important it is to take a moment to breathe and reflect as a whole. So when our Director,...

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Out of Malaysia…

Friday was a proud day for me, the wooden spoon was passed from the previous holder, Mr Simon Englefield (Kenyan Director) to myself. This award was given to me for "Consistant Silliness" I'm proud to be bringing this award back to the UK and would like to thank all of the UK and Kenya staff without whose help and support this would not have been possible. I would like to take this opportunity though to say that while quite they're...

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Summer Preparations – Camp Bongkud

In our ongoing series of notes from the field in Camp Kenya, I asked Chris and Sarah (our Marine Conservation Program Coordinators) to put together a little rant about their first week at our Ocean Camp. From the sounds of it, these two seem to have a stress free season... Karibu sana kampi ya baharini!!!!!! Or, welcome to Camp Ocean for those of you yet to master any Swahili. So‰Û_ Kampi ya baharini‰Û_ what‰Ûªs it all about??? In a nutshell;...

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Compton House School Fundraising Blog

We are quite pleased this season to have an extra pair of hands. Helene whom all of you will meet over the season is an ex-teacher and has lived in Kenya for over 7 years. Her old school has traveled with us and after Helene ran one school trip, she had the Camp Kenya bug. And so the diary of a...begins... Blogging?... me?!... I can‰Ûªt put my finger on it, but there is something about this blogging idea that doesn‰Ûªt...

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Wisbech writes from under the Tsavo stars…

OK footballs not coming home and I‰Ûªll be honest I‰Ûªm gutted.åÊ I brought the shirt, the car flags (they looked rubbish), a silly hat, a bottle opener that roars a like a lion when you open your beer; I even painted my face as George the Lion for the Germany game, admittedly I should have gone for the more traditional St. Georges cross.åÊ No one got it and I think people just thought I was weird.åÊ All in all I...

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Tabasamu Tanzania!

A picture says a thousand words (or sumfin' like that)... Summer Teams are determined to rebuild Sasenyi Primary in Tsavo Girls just wanna (carry water??) Everyone has a lot of fun!

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Summer Preparations – Camp Tinangol

We've been at this for a long time now and there is a lot of good reasons to keep it going. One: there's a hell of a lot of rubbish floating around in the ocean and washing up on our beaches and two: there is a hell of a lot you can do with that rubbish. We have taken it one step further this year with the art we create and very soon, we intend to have everyone making trinkets...

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Camp Ecuador and Pioneering Gappers

April 22nd, Grace Allen It is hard to believe that we are already reaching our fourth week of being here in Tanzania. After a rather emotional goodbye to family and friends at Sydney airport we boarded the plane en route to Africa, stopping in Dubai for a few hours after completing the first leg of our journey. Then it was off to Dar Es Salaam where Jamie and Maddie paid for Tanzanian visas, while the rest of us filled out...

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April Gap Year and Family Life Prize Draw

Camps International were featured today on page 3 of The Times 5th August 2011. On a day of tumbling global markets our ASDAN 70 UCAS points brightened up the news. We'd like to thank the amazing contribution of our recent gap year traveler Lucy who made such an impression with her case study.

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Meet the Gap Year Team – IZI

It's not often you meet someone who is at the top of their game. This New Year my friends 'chipstick beard' put anyone wearing fancy dress firmly in their place...

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Responsible Profit is Possible

I find there is a slight problem with blogging, in that nothing interesting ever happens in my life!! For example.. ..I tried a new Sausage Tonight sauce for dinner last night 'Hearty Cumberland' bit of a winner.. ..I got harrased whilst waiting at the bus stop this morning (waiting for 30mins for Skippy to pick me up!) by a man who was quite passionate about the fact that the bus service is far superior in North Devon.. ..AND this evening...

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Supporting Local Causes

Here are some shots I took from my overnight stay at Mwaluganje Camp. It's a very special place. The View. The Camp Fire. The Stars. The Elephants. The Elephant Dung Paper.

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Supporting Beng Mealea Primary School

And straight up from the field by PJ, Lauren and Alicia (on behalf of Etone Technology, Dyson Perrin and Birchwood KenyaåÊSchool Expedition Team).... Camp Muhaka gave us our first taste of Kenya; the staff were friendly, the locals were welcoming and the weather was refreshing compared to back home. We were keen to find out what our project was for the duration at Camp Muhaka. When we were set the task to build a fence around a nursery to protect...

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Camps International: Made in Kenya

Lou and the Stongehenge team are on their last few days at Camp Tsavo and by the sounds of it have had an amazing trip and still have the energy for more... Sooo, since the last Stonehenge update, we‰Ûªve been really busy! We left Ocean camp for the fantastic Camp Kaya, where in the words of Charlie and co‰Û_‰Ûthis is what we came for!!‰Û. We were surrounded by monkeys, pumped around a 1000 litres of water a day from the...

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Arkitrek Camp 2 – Hammocks and Water

Well this is my first blog and i haven't really done much yet, but i will share what i can with you! hope it helps!åÊi'm going to camp Ecuador in 2014! well i've been fundraising for a few months now and have nearly å£1,000 out of å£4,300! surprisingly, the majority of my money so far has been from doing absolutely nothing! By writing letters to local buisness' asking for donations i have raised about å£500/å£600 and i haven't even sent...

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Win Σ100 Cotswold Outdoor Vouchers! May Prize Draw

Itäó»s been a great year for us at Camp Kenya and a wonderful way to end with this little piece written by Sarah Herbert who stayed with us for three months on her gap year in Kenya. Sarah and her fellow gappers had a lot on their plate. It was the last three months of the year and we were determined to finish several projects that we started this year. They tackled every challenge with determination and a lot of...

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..of Architects and Scientists

Just got a chance to catch up with our Family Life group who by the sounds of it had quite an amazing time at Camp Tsavo. They have just finished winding down on the beach and must say, I was quite jealous to hear that they saw cheetahs on Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary four times! Ken, our Program Coordinator at Camp Tsavo has just sent a little snippet of highlights from their trip... It's been quite a diverse month for us...

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Everyday should be World Water Day

Working with communities, pretty much in any part of the world, takes patience and tact and the willingness to be flexible and adaptable. It also sometimes takes a willingness to dance and make a fool of yourself - those two things are the same in my case. Last weekend I had the privilege of talking to the community with whom we work near Ibarra in northern Ecuador. We are at the moment discussing with them the nature of the project...

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Once upon a time in a little Tanzanian village…

It's all systems go with the gap year team at Camp Kenya who are working hard to complete all the projects we took on this year (and playing hard too!)... Jambo from Matt in Muhaka! Cannot believe we‰Ûªve been at thisåÊ camp for a week already! It‰Ûªs going so fast now ‰ÛÒ only one more week and we‰Ûªll have been here for a month! We arrived at Camp Muhaka after an 8hr drive through rural Kenya, feeling really disorientated and...

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In ten days we will…

Never a dull moment at Camps International. Our Sports Development Program in Kenya and Tanzania has literally kicked off. This year we are focusing on developing youth groups in Kenya and for the first time we have launched SDX in Tanzania. Only into week one and our small group from Bristol based at Camp Muhaka in Kenya have lots to report on... After arriving in Kenya, we were greeted by all the warm and welcoming staff. Our adventure began with...

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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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Camp Kenya and WWF: Partnerships in Conservation

Umm‰Û_SD‰Û_What?! SDX = Sports Development Expedition Catherine, our Expedition Leader who just can't leave Kenya will fill you in... The first SDX began 3 years ago in Muhaka near Diani, in partnership with students from Bournemouth University and is now in its 4th year (The Bournemouth team are blazing away at Camp Makongeni this very moment). But this is the first of it‰Ûªs kind to be run here in Itinyi, and with a new partnership called Umoja comprising 3 Educational...

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Anyone that chooses to be a responsible traveler is by nature a unique and special type of person. Perhaps the fact that they are unique is unfortunate because if everyone was a responsible traveler, I doubt we would have as many problems in this world as we do. Anyways...here's the deal. Diani, where our home is (yes, that's what others would call "the office")åÊ home to lots of unique and special people too, and yes, that includes a very special...

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And in ten days we did…

We are all smiles here at Camps International. Our September '09 Kenya Gap Expedition just got back from Camp Tsavo where they spent the week as our ambassadors for Peace One Day. After they wiped all the dust and dirt off from the road trip, the stories and the pictures came flooding in. This was a very special week for all of us as our Gappers teamed up with children from Sasenyi Primary School and spent the week together on...

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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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Beached whale rescued off Kota Kinabalu

Come to think of it...there are smiles all year round and that's because we are fortunate to have our gappers around all year and our projects keep ticking away. The buildings go up, the toilet holes go down, and life in the villages get's better and better everyday... We have a lot of school teams arriving everyday and we achieve so much more in this short period of time but I think one of the beauties of what we do...

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Making our mark, Ecuador

Photos courtesy ofÌâåÊMichelle Workman.Ìâ 'I have had the most incredible experience with Camp KenyaÌâåÊduring the pastÌâåÊten days.ÌâåÊ We have been treated royally by everyone weÌ¢‰â‰ã¢ve met; especially by the staff.ÌâåÊ They have taken us in and showed us the utmost hospitality.ÌâåÊ Ìâ The animal watching has been profound Ì¢‰â‰ÛÏ a day hasnÌ¢‰â‰ã¢t gone by without being truly amazed.ÌâåÊ For anyone who loves elephants the experience has been second to none.ÌâåÊ There is nothing more magical than seeing elephants in the...

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Beng Mealea Bedrooms

Work hard and play hard. We love our Gap in Tanzania Program! Arriving The first night we spent in a hotel near Kilimanjaro airport. We all met up the next day and started our long drive down to Tanga. The views on the journey were amazing but a good few hours were spent sleeping. We got to camp bleary eyed 8 hours later and were warmly welcomed by Anderson and the SDX group. Early nights all round! Week 1 Jambo!...

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Seasons Greetings from Camps International

After last year I was tentative about going back to Glastonbury... However a free ticket in exchange for 4 hours of puppetry a day seemed like a fair deal. I made 3 children cry and scared 2 people who were 'happy'. Some of the popular routines: 'Spoon of doom' - a mexican ladle who shouted 'spoon of doom' repetitively. The sponge who blew along to the music of My Way. The evil chameleon who threatened to follow you around Glastonbury,...

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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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Kenya inci yetu..

About a year ago we were approached by a group of nurses who were keen to get out of their comfy practices and give their time to communities who really needed their help...and so our Healthcare Outreach Programme was born. Last week a group of 23 healthcare professionals (and a couple of chaps who wanted to tag along) flew out to Kenya for two weeks of sun, sea, sand and jiggers (Google it!) and halfway through their programme they seem...

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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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A week in the life of Dr. Stan Kinsch

Michael Schumacher has just put in a bid on ebay for Hannah's car tyres. This has gone down well with the male minority in the office. Next check water and oil....should be good.

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Nurses Blog from Kenya

With the rainy season still on, what better way to celebrate than to plant 200 indigenous trees at Kaya Muhaka for World Environment Day! Managed to get everyone out of the office which wasn't too difficult...even the boss... Several hundred well matured trees brought in from the WWF office and several hundred holes dug by our gappers, local school children, residents of Diani and the Kaya Muhaka Forest Group... We had hands belonging to children as young at five and...

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Fantastic Fundraising Website

Many of you who have stayed at Camp Makongeni will have spent some time working with the Baraka Group in the mangroves. Recently we have scaled up the work and a lot more happening now but so much more to do. We haveåÊ recently been joined by two interns, Leyla and Kennedy who are specializing in Marine biology and environmental conservation so taking full advantage of them being around to start compiling more data on the work we are doing...

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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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Chilli fields forever…

Here at Camps we're always thinking about where we can build our next camp. Stu (the CEO) did a quick straw poll in the office last week on where we'd all like to see the next Camp if we could choose anywhere in the world. As he was wearing a Mexican wrestlers mask at the time, no-one took him seriously so we thought we'd ask YOU!!! Where would be your ideal Camps location if you could choose anywhere in the...

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Progress being made at Maqui

It's not been an easy year for the majority of Kenyans and educational institutes and students across the country have had it harder than usual. The annual primary exams determine so much for an individual and school performances are watched very carefully. Sadly, some of the schools we work at have not done as well as the could have but we are not going to give up. Having said that, we just received an email from Mr. Thuku, the Headmaster...

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Kasigau Bike Challenge 2012!

As you may have heard, the rains in Cambodia this rainly season have been pretty bad, some say the worst for 10 years. Luckily for the staff at Camp Beng Mealea the rains have led to saturated ground, but no flooding. However, we did think it as time to consider upgrading our accomodation, just in case.

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Muhaka update

Upon returning back from an amazing school expedition in Kenya, now seems a great time to look back and reflect- not just on the amazing and worthwhile projects that our great volunteers worked on, but also the fun and games of living as a large group.   Every year the students we take away on expedition work really hard in the lead up to expedition, laying in tubs of baked beans and knocking on doors to fundraise the money to...

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Rest In Peace Mama Maathai

Our first blog from Ashford & Hanham Schools just came through for the summer season. They're all having a great time and thought you might like to know how they're getting on since their arrival. Hey there! We are currently at Camp Bongkud, where we have been staying since Wednesday. Our accommodation has been pretty luxurious - the tents have mattresses and everything! We are all appreciating having three good meals a day, and a plentiful supply of bananas. Most...

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UK staff recce of Ecuador

You are probably tired of hearing me saying how lucky I am, but as the days go by, I keep discovering more and more reasons for this. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to see so many different projects progress day by day. The school teams this season are unstoppable. Give them the tools and make sure all the various materials are on site and watch the buildings grow... Muhaka Primary School is just opposite ouråÊCamp and over...

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Que Pasa en Ecuador?

From the Kingdown, Queensbury, LOGS & King‰Ûªs School Grantham Tanzania Team Expedition... Since arriving in Camp Tanga we have completed a range of different community projects. Some of the poorest families in this region accommodate many people over three or more generations, in minimal space. Our first task was to construct the clay walls of a new two-room house for an elderly woman who lives, cramped, in a small house with seven of her children and grandchildren. One room would...

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Asante sana from Camp Tsavo!

Thank you Klaire Dale... "Well I'm home and hating it! Can't adjust to being back in gloomy England. Was great to see you (albeit briefly,) at Camp Imani and when we popped into the Diani office. Just wanted to say a huge thank you really. Genuinely. It was an incredible month...tough, but incredible. I'm an Ethics teacher - I spend every day trying to get students to think inside a stuffy classroom with damp creeping up the walls and an...

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Kennet Conquer Borneo

A few pictures of the brilliant project work done by the Gappers in Ecuador at the moment. The painting is in the Guaderia at Camp Maqui; believe me, it was not just painting. The floor needed taking up and replacing, literally days were spent sanding down, repairing and putting linseed oil on the bamboo, the outside of the building was cleared ... and and and. The interpretation centre is in the Amazon. Ecuador has one of the highest rates of...

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Thanks Camps

åÊWritten by Bea, Charlie, Beth, Tor and Chris... This week at Camp Muhaka, we have progressed in teaching the children different sports, allowing them to perform to the best of their ability. The beginning of the week we trained the kids in netball,volleyball and football preparing them for a competition which would take place on Thursday and Friday. We took the time and effort to paint/mark out the pitches allowing the children to stick to the rules and regulations of...

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ICT4D thanks to Mr. Nosey…Kanya

This is the second installment from the Godolphin group having completed their community project work now focus on taking on the 2nd highest mountain in Africa.... After our time in Mumias, helping clean the community and paint more schools, we moved to Ol Pajeta on the foothills of Mt. Kenya to prepare for our mountainous climb ahead of us. We were briefed about the climb and the sicknesses that could come along side it, but never the less the whole...

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Lee’s Gap Year – 7 years on

2nd Kenya National Motocross Championship On the South Coast 19th October 2009 For the second year running, the National Motocross Championship is scheduled to take place in Diani on the South Coast of Kenya. The event will run over the long weekend Madaraka holiday on October 18th and 19th and already 40 motocross competitors are confirmed to race. The two-day event organised by Camp Kenya and the East African Motorsports Club with the blessings of Kenya Motor Sports Federation promises...

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Water Hole!

Happy New Year to all! And what a great start to the year! We have been keeping quiet about this amazing initiative undertaken by a group of Life clients who travelled with us in september. Below is the brief story about a bunch of amazing people who fundraised just over 10,000å£ to drill a borehole for the community in Majimboni! It's a story that has touched us all across Camps International and am sure it will you... (Many thanks to...

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Celebrating Peace Day the Camp Tanzania way!

A while ago we blogged about the summer season in Tanzania so those of you who have been following our project diary will have heard about our new Camp Tanga on the ocean front in Tanzania. Pamela Allard, our local program coordinator and the rest of the staff have certainly had there hands full as its never easy to get a new operation going but from all the feedback we have been receiving, we know that Camp Tanga is everything...

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Welcome to Imani-Bristol SDX 2011!

We are proud to share this with you on press release of our recently launched Community Learning Centre (CLC), one of our projects on Mantanani island on a few major Malaysian newspapers today.åÊ Below are an article publicised on New Straits Times.   News on the newly built CLC also appeared on Daily Express and featured on The Star online today as well!

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Tsavo – where the heart grows fonder…

Always great to get stories straight from the field. Our Kenya Gappers took some time out from wallowing in the mangrove mud and sent this little story of their week assisting the Baraka Mangrove Conservation group. Thanks for sharing! And if anyone has an article or blog or would like to write one on their experiences with us, please drop us a line... We set out Monday morning ready to journey to Camp Makongeni and begin our week of marine...

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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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The Sunny Sands Of Diani

It's always best second time round. Spotted on on the Facebook Group page for Tanzania (thank you for making my day!): And for more on "solving everyday problems with African ingenuity", check out Afrigadget

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A Level results – What to do next?

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image alignnone size-medium wp-image-1610","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"504","height":"378","title":"Peace One Day u0026amp; Camps International","alt":""}}]] If you've been following us on Facebook you'll know we're big fans of the International Peace One Day, which is the 21st September every year. If you want to learn more about it, here's a great short video. EssentiallyåÊ it is a UN recognised day of peace whereby all sectors of society, including governments, organisations of the UN, regional and non-governmental organisations, and individuals are encouraged to take action that fosters...

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EXPLOSIVE WEEKS IN MAKONGENI

Stephen Kanja FeedingÌâåÊThe feeding programme at Stephen Kanja primary school is proving to be such a success and as we goÌâåÊalong we seem to be getting more organized, for the first few months we had a bit of trial and error with the prices and amounts of food, i.e. how much everything cost per month and how long did each individual batch of food last. Now I think we know exactlyÌâåÊwhat is required and things seem to be going very...

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Sunny in Cambodia #4

At the weekend I hitched a ride into Ol Gaboli with the team flying in from the uk. They'd travelled for 24hrs at this point but there was too much to see for them to sleep. After just a couple of nights out at the lodge it was time for me to head back out and wind my way back to the coast to meet another team heading in. On the way I stopped off in Nairobi for the afternoon...

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part two….Asia continued…the bit with Tarantulas

Development work in rural Africa is full of new experience. Volunteers have to learn new ways and technologies in just about everything. For instance, volunteers have to learn to balance bucketfulls of water on their heads in order to provide project water demands. The next stage, in consultation with the rural folk, will be to balance the bucket without having to hold it with hands. Amazingly this may be achieveable since volunteers are very determined.

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Giant Turtle Release!

Not so long ago, this 80,000-acre piece of land was home to a slowly failing cattle ranch. Overgrazing of cattle turned the fields to dust, poachers slipped on and off the ranch with ease, and squatters settled in, farming and building mud and thatch huts along the ranch‰Ûªs critical rainwater basin. Then in 1998 Wildlife Works took over the management of the ranch. They immediately moved the cattle from the land, began unarmed patrols to remove any snares set for...

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Over 200 new faces underwater this season!

Anyone who has grown anything, harvested it and eaten it, knows just how much more satisfying it tastes.åÊ But anyone who farms to make a living will know just how much hard work goes into producing a few kilos of fresh vegetables. As climate patterns change, and seasonal rains become less reliable, and populations soaring, food security particularly in Africa where the majority are still subsistence farmers has once again become a priority on the development agenda. To give you...

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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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Tinangol Kindergarten Update

I wanted to write a little thank you note to all the staff and students in International School ParkCity, KL, and especially Miss Paula from Reception. Paula collected together all the spare pens, pencils, erasers, crayons etc that were left at the school at the end of last year. She managed to pull together about 5-6 bag loads and she then approached me to see if I could pass them onto a good cause. I, of course, said absolutely, pass them my way. And...

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Mantanani in the press

This months Special offers for our gap year programs gives you the chance to win prizes that will help you on your way to an expedition that you won't forget. If you want to know more about any of our gap year programs please give the office a call on +44 1425 485390

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So, err.. what will I be doing?

We have been leading school teams to Mt Kenya for adventure expeditions since we started Camps 10 years ago. This time round we had our very first school from West Africa and they had a great time during their short trip. Peter is our in country Expedition/Team leader who joined them. This is his story......... Emerald School from Nigeria started their journey from theåÊInternational School of Kenya (ISK)åÊat 7am.åÊThe team, comprising of 11 students and a female teacher, had just...

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Camps International on the Radio!

Well I guess it's my own fault! When I asked Rachel Gallagher to take on the role as Chair of our affiliated charity, the Camps International Trust I should have anticipated the 'order' to sign up for the BUPA 10k run in London on 25th May. She clearly has absolutely no concern for the fact that I am supremely unfit and fast approaching forty so sympathies not forthcoming, I am now on the campaign trail and training like Rocky Balboa....

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Sunny in Cambodia #1

In view of the Government of Kenya‰Ûªs withdrawn feeding program for the Sasenyi School students, Global Angels and Camps International have stepped up to the mark to provide a minimum of 12 months staple food for the students. This initiative is not a short term humanitarian effort but a long term commitment to improve the welfare and subsequent learning ability of Sasenyi students. A total of å£14,500 (Sterling/Equivalent Ksh 2million) has been raised for the next 12 months with a...

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A day in the village

Skippy‰Ûªs just come back from a Gap Fair in Bristol. Her car broke down last night and so she had her brother driving out to collect her and sort her out, then a taxi this morning back to her car to meet the man from the RAC. It turned out that she had run out of engine oil! When I asked her when was the last time she checked the oil, she said ‰ÛÏWell the dipstick is rusted closed, does...

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The Kat that got the kream

We are quite proud of our new status as Garbage Warriors in Kenya. Discarded Flipflops, bottles and tyres have become an integral part of our programs providing materials for buildings and a source of income for the growing flipflop artisan community of Diani. Here's a little slice into the trash treasures... The Trust House Community Tailoring Center going up with bottles: Our Permaculture Farm Tree Nursery going down with bottles (for waterproofing) And at Kaya Muhaka Forest Tree Nursery, we...

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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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Bamboo Dance? Easy!

Sometimes I have to restrain myself from being too much of a geek. Every once and a while something comes along and I just can't hold back... I use Firefox rather than Internet Explorer to view the web, as I think it's better all ways round. I don't really need to justify my point when you can do stuff like this... https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/974/ ...YES SIR!.. You can install a little program that makes the stop button say 'STOP! Hammer Time', just...

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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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The diaries of a…

I‰Ûªve recently noticed the term ‰ÛÏVoluntourism‰Û has cropped up regularly in the press. Although it‰Ûªs a term that has been used within the travel industry for some years it has recently been misappropriated by the media, partly in response to a report by the Human Sciences Research Council which questioned the act of tourists taking part in short term volunteer activities during the course of their travels. I personally don‰Ûªt like the term ‰ÛÏVoluntoursim‰Û and I doubt any of our...

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Mantanani Island Marine Awareness Learning Centre

Tsavo, day 1 The excitement grew as the bus pulled out of school. Before we were even on the main road everyone was munching away on their snacks! Card games started and laughter filled the air. We were miles away from Tsavo but the fun had already started ‰ÛÒ we spent the whole time playing cards, chatting and singing. we arrived! There was a huge elephant made of snares ‰ÛÒ what a fantastic camp! Immediately we had lunch, which was...

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interNational Express!

This week we have all been very busy with our project work! With some of the group continuing work on a grey water system in Muhaka meanwhile others have been working on a similar system at Camp Kaya. The work has been challenging in the heat, however we are all excited to finish off our respective projects.åÊ The grey water systems at the community owned forest camp at Kaya will be used to naturally clean the shower water and reuse...

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Tadika… Ta Dah!

In the past 3 months, Safuan, our architect intern from Arkitrek have been working on our long term plans for a more sustainable and environmental friendly /green building project at all of our Camps in Borneo by continuing work experiment on bio-crete brick mix on site apart from working on the final phases of the Community Centre at Camp Bongkud. At the final stage of his intership, this report is invaluable to us hoping we finally get the right mix...

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It’s a Family Life at Camp Tsavo

When it rains in the tropics, it really rains! Don't get me wrong, we are not complaining - quite the contrary. But as with all good things, there is always a challenge and our gappers in Tanzania this April certainly hand their hands full and their socks soaked. Tommie accounts what it takes to defy the odds...They might have just been a handful but they managed to leave a mark behind. Choosing to come out during the rainy season was...

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From the Field

Here‰Ûªs some more pictures taken on Wednesday this week! The road to the homestay: [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"336","height":"448","alt":""}}]] Front view of home: [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"448","height":"336","alt":""}}]] Community working hard ‰ÛÒ pulling wheel barrel filled with bricks up to kitchen area: [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"336","height":"448","alt":""}}]] Back view of home: [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"448","height":"336","alt":""}}]] Living room: [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","alt":""}}]] Kitchen: [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","alt":""}}]] Side view: [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"448","height":"336","alt":""}}]] Toilet & shower: [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"336","height":"448","alt":""}}]]

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Happy Feet Campaign Launched!

Ok so I am driving my daughters back from school and have made a tactical purchase of kids magazines to keep things calm in the back seat. My oldest wanted the Hannah Montana mag with Justin Bieber (the one with his hair on back to front) feature but I bought her the National Geographic Kids.....good to start them early. Long story short, a great spot from a 7 year old and quote "Dad - the guys in my mag are...

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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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Notes from the field…

JAMBO! Mark Outing from the UK operations team Headed to Kenya with a group of 20 teachers who are planning school expeditions to Kenya for 2013 The teacher recce is all about risk assessments and preparing teachers for bringing their school teams out the following summer. We had a whirlwind of a tour around Kenya and as we had a lot of places to see and a lot of people to meet. Day 1 (Sunday) We all meet at the...

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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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...raise loadsa money and get to volunteer in Kenya. Obviously. Don't be so childish. Read below to find out, in his own words how some baked beans (quite a lot of them) got Ross Waldron, one of our School Expedition volunteers, all the way to Kenya! You could say he really came up trumps. That's enough hot air from me. Fire away Ross. That's the last fart joke, I promise. I'll get my coat (it stinks in here anyway). 'Volunteering...

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Classrooms for all…

In Uk I have a bad reputation for shifting the office round every few months. The guys call it Feng Shui hell. At least in UK I am limited to a few desks and the odd potted plant. Turns out Simon and I share a passion for office disruption and things coming along nicely here this weekend.

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What if…it actually does…

Report by Peter Kai - Camp Kenya (Project Coordinator) Last yearåÊ in November, Camps International officially launched the Healthcare Outreach Programs with 25 medical professional who traveled all the way from UK to Kenya to provide free medical treatment and advice on nutrition, sexual health and hygiene and a strong jiggers eradication campaign within 8 villages in Msambweni District. The outreach program was a huge success and a clear indication that the needs are vast and wide with thousands of...

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The Sasenyi Family

After the succesful launch of our Healthcare Program and ongoing jigger eradication campaign, we are now beginning to give shape to a long term and more structured intervention. One way we intend to do this is to start offering placements and residentials for individuals in healthcare. We have been having regular meetings with people like Dr. Stan who have dedicated their lives to health treatment for those who simply can't afford it. Over the next few months, we intend to...

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Photo Competition Winners Announced!

Out here at Camp Kenya, we would like to think of our doors being open to all walks of life, young (some very, very young) and old. Sure we have our nutty gappers throughout the year (we love them dearly and would have them stay all year if they could!), and our new Life Program at Makongeni is seeing quite a few happy and hardworking adults who are taking a break for their urban grind. And of course we have...

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Tanzania, Hong Kong, German-Swiss…Camps International!

I was late for work this morning and I reckon my excuse takes some beating. Reason 1: I had a large Monkey running around upstairs. Reason 2: My wife nearly stepped on a venomous snake (in the kitchen) whilst making a coffee. Managed to get both animals out safely then nearly hit a goat on the way to the office. Going to stay behind my desk all day.

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I wrote a quick post late last year about cheap flights with Air Asia from Uk to Malaysia.ξ Just wanted to update you that they are currently offering some good deals over the next 6 days - booking period is today to 22nd Feb to travel in Oct through to Jan 2010 - go check them out here..... Might be worth it but remember you have to pay for baggage and meals extra so check it all out before committing...

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A Final Word from Sponne School (For Camps International)

MAMA MERCY. My name is Mercy Joshua, but my community calls me Mama Mercy. I am a mother aged 60 years with 4 children and six grandchildren, a farmer by profession. I went to Kichaka Simba Primary School in 1965-1968. Lateral I joined Ribe Secondary School on 1970-1973. I performed very well and I was appointed as an untrained teacher in Kilifi District for the first time in my life. Since my class performed very well in most of the...

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Going Places ?

Final blog in from Holly and Rebecca who have recently completely their Camp Kenya Gap Year Program. One the main projects they have been working on was to build a larger poultry house for a Youth Group in Makongeni. This has been a very special project for us as part of our efforts to reach out to young people in Kenya and help them establish various income generating projects. What started off late last year with a donation from Sarah...

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Return of The Volunteer

Camps International featured on Abu Dhabi's The National website yesterday, highlighting a recent eight-day trip to Cambodia by Dubai students from Jumeirah College.  The students volunteered so children in the South-East Asian country would have a better chance at getting an education, helping to build accommodation, repair existing buildings and deliver water to the community.  To read the full article follow the link here   

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Face to Face with an Orangutan and more…

During November work down at the spring was still at a standstill as all project work has been focused on the classrooms and water storage tank up at the school. This last month Life clients have been working very hard on getting the concrete slab finished on the water tank behind classroom B. The roofing A-frames have been laid on top of the two layers of coral blocks of classroom B and are now ready for the corrugated iron sheets...

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Daima – A new dawn for Kenya…

This is a photo of our 2009 SDX (Sports development eXpedition) team with lots of donated sport kit. Good work guys! They are going out to Kenya from Aug - Sept to work (sweat, run around and blow whistles) with 4 African schools on our sports development program. The students pictured are from Bournemouth University, Portsmouth University, Southampton University and Surrey University as well as the leader Barry Squires from Bournemouth University and Charlotte Doyle the teacher from Portsmouth University.

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A-Level Results: Some Good News

GEMS American Academy just had their first Camps International experience as part of their Week Without Walls Program. They spent a week in Tanzania at our camp in Moshi, working to improve the conditions of a local school nearby, learning lots about local culture and tradition and of course going on an unbelievable safari in the Ngorongoro Crater National Park. They were a wonderful group to have with us so asante sana for all your great work and sharing your...

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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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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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The Campion Diaries…

This really made me "tabasamu" Tanzania! (thank you Georgia Leonard!) [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"3814","attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","height":"315","width":"560","style":""}}]] And also just received a first hand account from our gappers in Tanga so big thanks to everyone who keeps us all smiling.... Life in Camp Tanzania has been tiring yet rewarding as we complete various projects. Our first task was to complete the kitchen for the mamas of the village. Work on the kitchen had already begun so when we stepped into our jobs finishing the construction of...

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Tanga, Tanga in Tanzania…

Stuart is listening to my itunes in his office this afternoon and was just caught in the act enjoying a bit of Blondie - funny until a feeling of utter dread came over me, realising that it meant the Greatest Hits of BOYZ II MEN was next on the hit list!! I'm packing up my desk now..

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Sightings of rare near-extinct wildlife In Borneo

And the Gap Year in Africa diaries continue on (thank you Chloe and friends)... It‰Ûªs safe to say that our experience at Camp Kenya has been anything but ordinary. Over the past two weeks we have come together as a group, working on each of our projects and bonding with the camp staff. The three projects that we worked on include Mama‰Ûªs mud house, the grey-water system and the bottle house for the polytechnic school. Working in the heat and...

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Getting Stuck-In Borneo!

There are times in the life of Camps that we are either starting or finishing something. Sometimes that involves a bit of a party, and we have had a few of those lately. Often at the end of project work the community like to say thank you with singing and dancing. Of course, some projects last for years so occasionally they do this just because a group is leaving so they are saying good bye to those guys. Late last...

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Kenya Situation continues to improve

If you watch the news you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that its impossible for different cultures and religous groups to live and work together. With this in mind I took a little time to look at the cultural breakdown of the Camps teams in UK and Kenya. It makes for interesting reading....... Nationalities: British, Kenyan, Asian Kenyan, Burundian, Scottish, German, Italian Tribes: Digo, Kamba, Luo, Luhya, Taita, Kikuyu, Duruma, Meru Religions: Muslim, Roman Catholic, Christian, Protestant, Atheist, Agnostic We...

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Jeans Redesign

It's amazing to get recognition for the work that we all do, it's difficult sometimes to have the time, step back and look at what we've acheived. This year we were nominated for the Responsible Tourism awards (for the fourth year running) by Pat Bogue. (click here to see the nomination) The selection process is pretty rigorous and Amy produced an extensive document that outlined everything that we've achieved. We won a Highly Commended Award in the category of 'Best...

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