Design & Creative 6 Week
If you are a filmmaker, photographer, graphic designer or currently studying to become one, this is the perfect placement for you.
PACOS are in constant need of creative talents to train staff and pass on new skills to communities in Borneo. Photos and videos hold great power in advocacy work and your input will help to amplify the voices of the people.
Filmmakers and photographers can also create their own projects, telling stories of the indigenous people of Sabah, whilst gaining fantastic experience and developing professional portfolios.
You will spend four weeks shadowing the team at PACOS and two weeks staying in our camp on the breathtaking Mantanani Island. Here you will immerse yourself within island life, working closely with the community and getting involved in a number of projects from improving school infrastructure to marine conservation and environmental awareness. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles here too!
For those who love white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and their own remote tropical island (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), Mantanani might just be the perfect location.
The island lies about 80km north of Kota Kinabalu and is home to around 800 permanent residents. The surrounding coral reef and lagoon are home to juvenile turtles, rays, a variety of tropical fish and even the occasional dolphin passes by.
The camp itself is set right on the beach a little way from the main village where many of our community projects are based, allowing you to feel part of this amazing community for the time that you’re here.
Location: 80 km north of Kota Kinabalu. (around 1.5 hrs drive from KK to Kuala Abai Jetty, then 1 hr boat ride to Mantanani Island)
Accommodation: Beautiful open sided driftwood bunk houses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Asian style toilets, cold water showers & sinks
Power: Generator (between 18:00 – 06:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, pancakes, oats for breakfast; rice, beef stew/fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Stewed beef in soy sauce & pumpkin in coconut milk
If you’re feeling brave: Try Sambal Bellman (shrimp paste) or Kuih Tahai
Social: Beach, campfire, snorkelling, kayak, volleyball
Manager at Camp Bongkud, she might be small, but Eve is a force to be reckoned with. Super organised and tons of fun, she’ll get you addicted to coconut jam and dancing in true Sabahan style.
Top up your trip
Add some extra adventure to your time in South East Asia. All top ups bookable through our friendly travel advisors.
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Jungle Trek Borneo
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Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.