Camp Borneo Island & Camp Cambodia 2 Months

Can’t decide between visiting Borneo and Cambodia? You don’t have to. Experience both of these gems of Southeast Asia on our two month programme. You’ll make a measurable impact in both countries and be immersed in their vibrant cultures. The fours camps that you’ll call home are all located alongside rural communities that face daily challenges.

Your project work will benefit each community that you will live alongside. Work on improving schools and kindergartens, combat poor waste management and unsustainable fishing methods. Southeast Asia’s forests are being cut down at an alarming rate, destroying the habitats of an abundance of wildlife. Plant trees on our reforestation projects and be part of the solution, helping to protect the future of endangered animals including the endangered orangutan. See these amazing great apes up close at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.

Soak up the abundant and vibrant culture as you take in the awe inspiring Angkor Wat Temples and see where your cup of tea starts life at Sabah Tea Plantation. You’ll learn about the recent history of the region under the Khmer Rouge regime by visiting S21 prison and the killing fields. The buzzing towns of Siem Reap and Kota Kinabalu are yours to explore, check out the famous ‘pub street’ and bag yourself a bargain at the bustling night markets. There’s plenty of time for just relaxing and taking in your unbelievable surroundings, grab a kayak, a snorkel or just enjoy a chilled beach bbq with friends.

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Camp Borneo Island & Camp Cambodia 2 Months

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The impact you will make

01

Developing Community Amenities (Mantanani)

The small isolated community of Mantanani remains one of the poorest in the region with high levels of unemployment. Many families have set up homestay initiatives to generate income for their families. You’ll help by continuing the development of a purpose built office & reception to welcome guests and expand this initiative.

borneo expedition

activities include

  1. Digging foundations & laying bricks
  2. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  3. Installing bathroom facilities for visitor toilets
  4. Making furniture
02

Water Security & Kindergarten Development (Tinangol)

Tinangol and surrounding villages are unable to afford mains controlled water and so they’re solely reliant on pumping fresh water from the valley below and storing it through the year. The local kindergarten also needs refurbishing. You’ll help by improving the water systems in the village and constructing a play area for the kindergarten.

volunteer projects

activities include

  1. Digging trenches for water pipes
  2. Laying foundations for water tanks
  3. Levelling the ground
  4. Making play equipment
  5. Constructing fishpond
03

Habitat Restoration & Sustainable Housing (Beng Pae)

Cambodia was once rich in wildlife but due to deforestation and hunting, the ecosystem is in real danger. You’ll play an important role in helping to reforest damaged parts of this landscape to encourage some of the world’s most endangered wildlife to return. You’ll also help us build homes for needy families in the village.

volunteer projects

activities include

  1. Seed collection & harvesting
  2. Tree planting
  3. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  4. Wildlife monitoring
04

School Classroom & Accommodation Building (Beng Mealea)

Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Seasonal food shortages and lack of employment opportunities leave rural young people very vulnerable to continued and increasing poverty. You’ll help by developing a new classroom at the school to tackle overcrowding, as well as working on a teachers accommodation block.

volunteer project

activities include

  1. Digging classroom foundations
  2. Laying bricks
  3. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  4. Making classroom furniture
  5. Landscaping
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What people say

Lawless, Anna
One of the best experiences of my life, if not the best! You can actually see how your work is benefiting the people around you and you're doing it with amazing people! Anna – Cambodia
theo smith
I have made life long friends whilst taking part in this as well as life changing experiences. I will hold this in my memory forever so join up! Theo – Borneo

Camp Mantanani

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

 

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Camp Tinangol

This charming camp is situated just beyond the rural Rungus community of the same name and is in keeping with the rest of the village, giving you a really authentic experience and immersing you fully in the local culture. In no time at all this will feel like your home away from home and the hospitality and friendliness of the locals will make you not want to leave!

Each longhouse has a corridor running the length of the structure. On one side there is communal space for chilling out and socialising, on the other side are sleeping rooms. Traditionally entire families would live in a single longhouse that may be up to 100 ft long.

Location: 140 km (3 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 15 km from Ranau

Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Flushing toilets, cold water showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity. British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Yes

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, pancakes, rice/noodles for breakfast; rice, sweet & sour fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Sweet & Sour seafood dishes/BBQ

If you’re feeling brave: Try bee larvae or Parson’s nose satay!

Social: Chilling hut, volleyball court, badminton & board games. Small community shop nearby

 

camp tinangol

Camp Beng Mealea

This delightful rural camp is set on the outskirts of Teuk Lich village within Beng Mealea commune. Accommodation is in the form of traditional Khmer stilted longhouses positioned in the shade of large banana and papaya trees. The camp is surrounded by paddy fields and pretty amazing views on all sides. On a clear day you can see the impressive ridge line of the Kulen National Park from your longhouse. And if that isn’t enough, there is the ancient ruined temple of Beng Mealea to explore only a short walk away, as well as a large ornate pagoda where the Buddhist monks live. You’d be hard pushed to find a more authentic Cambodian experience!

Location: 75 km (1.5 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport

Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Composting toilets, cold water showers & wash basins

Power: Generator (06:00-07:00 & 18:00-22:00). British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: No

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, rice porridge, omelette for breakfast; Chicken & chips, salad, BBQ with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Amok – Mild curry usually eaten with chicken or fish

If you’re feeling brave: Try eating fried crickets or tarantulas (Yuck)!

Social: Chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks

 

camp beng mealea

Camp Beng Pae

Beng Pae is a lovely woodland retreat located in the village of Ta Lek and within the Beng Pae Wildlife Reserve. Surrounded on three sides by a very impressive pine forest, the camp is designed and built in the local hill tribe house style.

The camp is set at the edge of the village and so all your project sites are only a short walk away, allowing you to become a local in no time!

Location: 220 km (3 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport

Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Composting toilets, bucket showers & wash basins

Power: Generator (06:00-07:00 & 18:00-22:00). British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Intermittent

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, rice porridge, omelette for breakfast; curry, sweet & sour chicken, salad, BBQ with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Beef Loklak

If you’re feeling brave: Try the local fermented palm juice!

Social: Chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks

 

camp beng pae

Camp legends

eve
Local camps crew

Eve

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.

Han-Hoey---Camp-Beng-Mealea-Manager
Local camps crew

Han

The man that can. One of our camp managers, Han is well respected by our volunteers and the local community, who have him pegged as the future chief of the village. He’s very passionate about our re-forestation programme, green fingered Han can grow anything anywhere. He also supports nine children from the local village. Han will stay in your heart long after you leave Cambodia.

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Example itinerary

Day 01

Welcome to Borneo

Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, where you will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Borneo team and transferred to your accommodation in the city. Here you will meet our Country Manager who will run an arrival briefing for you and your group before your welcome dinner.

Day 02

PACOS Trust Day

Today will be spent with PACOS Trust, a local community-based organisation dedicated towards supporting indigenous communities in Sabah. Here we’ll have a cultural orientation and get involved in some volunteering at the Kivatu Nature Farm, before transferring back to KK for the night.

Day 03

Welcome to Camp Mantanani

After a much-needed sleep and a good breakfast, you will be transferred to the paradise island of Mantanani by boat. Meet the Camp Mantanani team, including your Camp Manager, who will give you a tour of the island. You will also have an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new beach style longhouse home.

Day 04

Projects begin

Enjoy waking up in your new island home before we get stuck into a project orientation where we will explain the work you will be getting involved with at Mantanani.

Day 05-06

R&R Weekend

What better place to spend a relaxing weekend. Kayak, snorkel, sunbathe, watch the most amazing sunrise and sunsets you’ve ever seen.

Day 07-11

Back to projects

Spend the next few days volunteering alongside the island communities. This is your chance to get stuck in to some valuable initiatives such as helping to build community ablutions, teaching basic English to primary age children, working on our marine conservation & awareness programme and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.

Day 12-13

Chill weekend

Spend the whole weekend relaxing at the beach around the island. Watch the sunrise at the tip of the island and watch the amazing sunset view from the beach.

Day 14

Last day at project work

Spend your last day helping the community at the island before transfer to Kota Kinabalu.

Day 15

Transfer to KK

Say your goodbyes to the community in the morning then depart by boat back to the main land and on to the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu (Known locally as KK). You’ll spend a night in a hostel here before transfer to Camp Bongkud

Day 16

Transfer to Camp Bongkud

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Camp Bongkud which located just next to the Poring Hot Spring in Ranau. Meet the Camp Bongkud team, including your Camp Manager, who will give you the arrival orientation. You also have an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your traditional style longhouse home.

Day 17

Project work begins

Enjoy waking up in your new longhouse home before we get stuck into a project orientation where we will explain the work you will be getting involved with at Camp Bongkud.

Day 19-20

Chill weekend

The weekend is the perfect time to relax and experience some of the beautiful sights that Ranau has to offer.

Day 21-25

Project work

Continue working on projects at Bongkud, working alongside the local community to improve facilities in the area.

Day 26-27

R&R Weekend

Explore more of the incredible Sabah region with the visit to Ranau town and experience the tree top canopy walk at Poring Hot Spring also to visit Kundasang War Memorial in Kundasang.

Day 28

Kota Kinabalu

We will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight to start your independent travel in between your Borneo and Cambodia programme.

Day 29

Goodbye Borneo

We will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight to start your independent travel in between your Borneo and Cambodia programme.

Day 30-31

Transfer Days

Whilst you are travelling between these two amazing destinations, you have the choice as to whether you travel directly or spend a couple of additional days exploring on route. As it’s your choice which route you fly, whether you want to add in a pit stop etc – this transfer and couple of days is at your own expense.

Day 32

Welcome to Cambodia

Arrive in Siem Reap, where you will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Cambodia team and transferred to your accommodation in the city. Here you will meet our Country Manager who will run an arrival briefing for you and your group before your welcome dinner.

Day 33

Welcome to Camp Beng Mealea

You’ll be transferred to beautiful Beng Mealea where you will meet the team for an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new traditional longhouse home.

Day 34-38

Project work

Spend 5 days volunteering alongside the local community. The village primary school is within walking distance of the camp and is in great need of our support.

Day 39

Welcome to Camp Beng Pae

You will be transferred to your next camp, the charming Beng Pae, stopping at lake side restaurant for lunch on the way. The camp staff who will give you a tour of the camp and an overview of what your time here will involve.

Day 40-43

Project work

Camp Beng Pae You will spend a few days volunteering alongside the local community on local house repairs, building a water dam and working at our tree nursery. You will also have plenty of time to spend with the local children and community.

Day 44

Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh You will be transferred to the bustling capital Phnom Penh. This is a 5-6 hour journey and our team will take you all to dinner before you check into your accommodation.

Day 45

Explore Phnom Penh

An action packed day exploring Phnom Penh. We will take you to visit the Royal Palace in the heart of the city. You will then visit the S21 museum and Killing Fields, Choeung Ek, an opportunity to learn about the Khmer Rouge regime – a significant legacy from Cambodia’s past.

Day 46

Siem Reap

You will be transferred back to Siem Reap. You will then visit the nearby floating village on the Ton Le Sap Lake. There’s dinner in the city before the Cambodia Circus Show that evening.

Day 47

Explore Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Visit Angkor Wat Temple and Ta Prohm where ‘Tomb Raider’ was filmed. Ending the day with a buffet dinner and a local show.

Day 48

Welcome back to Camp Beng Mealea

You will be transferred back to Camp Beng Mealea.

Day 49-53

Project work

Spend another 4 days working on the community projects before saying your final goodbyes to the locals.

Day 54

Siem Reap

Bring some tunes to accompany the beautiful views for the 5 hour transfer to Siem Reap. Enjoy a meal and overnight stay with your team.

Day 55

Siem Reap

Chill out, explore, shop, eat and drink.

Day 56

Departure day

We’ll say our goodbyes and get you to the airport for your flight home.

Please note:

This itinerary is for example purposes only and is subject to change.

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What's included

Food
Drinking water
Accommodation
Pre-travel support from dedicated UK team
In-country support from dedicated local team
In-country airport & activity transfers
All project costs & materials
Orientation & language lessons
24-hour emergency support
Camps t-shirt

 

Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note there is a 2-3 day break in the programme as you travel from Borneo to Cambodia, you’ll need to budget for accommodation and meals between departing in Borneo and arriving with us in Cambodia.

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