A Taste of Borneo (Jungle)
– Duration: 2 weeks –
On this 2 week programme you’ll have the chance to live and work alongside a rural Bornean community in the spectacular Sabah region of Borneo. Spend time volunteering alongside the PACOS trust at the Kivatu Nature Farm and get your hands dirty while working on community development projects.
Spend time in the vibrant city known as KK, where you can enjoy shops, markets and restaurants – the perfect complement to your time spent enjoying the ancient and fascinating culture of rural Borneo.
This programme is designed to impact the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
The impact that you'll make
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.
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
Signature dish: Sweet & Sour seafood dishes/BBQ
Social area: Chilling hut, volleyball court, badminton & board games. Small community shop nearby
Day to Day
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.
Environmental work with PACOS Trust
Today will be spent with PACOS Trust, a local community-based organisation dedicated to supporting indigenous communities in the Sabah region of Borneo. 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.
Head to Camp Tinangol
After a much-needed sleep and a good breakfast, we will transfer you to Camp Tinangol. Our Camp Manager will show you around and give you an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new traditional longhouse home.
Community development projects
You’ll spend the next few days volunteering alongside the local community on projects that will provide local people with much-needed facilities, such as creating a water feed system for the village and constructing a play area for the kindergarten.
Chill out weekend
Weekends are the perfect time to relax and experience some of the beautiful sights that Sabah has to offer.
Continue community projects
Get stuck back into your project work for the next few days.
Explore the vibrant town known as KK. There’s plenty of shops, restaurants and culture to enjoy over the two days you spend here.
Say your final farewells before we head to the airport in time for your flight home.
Top up your trip
If you’d like to add in some extra adventure, we offer the opportunity to book some exciting add-ons which can be included within your trip duration or added on to the start or end of your journey. Speak to our team to find out more about how to add these awesome adventures to your programme.
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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.