Law & International Studies 4 Week
Law/Human Rights Law/International Law/International Studies
Trained lawyers or those with a legal background (particularly human rights or indigenous peoples’ rights) can share expertise by providing legal advice, support, training and pro-bono work.
Many indigenous people live in poverty and can not afford to pay for lawyers. Working in partnership with PACOS in Borneo, you can gain experience and play a vital role to have the community voices heard.
You will spend two weeks shadowing the team at PACOS and two weeks staying in both our Tinangol and Batu Puteh camps. Spending time in these stunning locations will give you deeper understanding of Borneo and the chance to make a personal contribution to some of our vital project initiatives. This includes critical forest re-generation in the amazing Kinabatangan region; home to ten different species of primate, including the mighty Orangutan!
Camp Batu Puteh
Batu Puteh is all about getting back to nature! Our jungle camp is set in the heart of one of Borneo’s most ancient forests along the banks of the Kinabatangan river where you’ll get the chance to live alongside elephants and orangutans for an experience that’s hard to beat.
Our camp offers three types of accommodation and you’ll hopefully get a chance to try them all:
- Jungle camp: Get back to basics and experience true adventure. Learn how to rough it in the jungle with local guides accompanying you and showing you the ropes. Sleep in a hammock and cook over a camp fire before falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the forest.
- Eco camp: A little more luxury but still an exciting wilderness experience. This camp offers raised camping platforms where you can enjoy camping in the great outdoors.
- Homestay: Live with one of the friendly local families in their home and experience what daily life is really like. Meet the children, eat the same meals together and sleep in a nice comfy bed!
Location: 350 km (6 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 60 km from Lahad Datu
- Jungle Camp: Hammock, tarpaulin & mosquito net. No toilet or washing facilities – completely back to nature!
- Eco Camp: Tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, cold showers & sinks
- Homestay: Guest room in family home for 2-3 volunteers with comfy beds and bedding
Power: Mains electricity in homestay only (British 3 pin power sockets). Gas lighting available in eco camp
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, rice/noodles for breakfast; rice, curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Local cakes – Linggang & Gelang
If you’re feeling brave: Try a fern salad!
Social: River cruise available, chilling area, camp shop, jungle treks
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
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.