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At Camps International we believe in doing things differently. Not content with just being a company, we’re a social enterprise - focused specifically on changing lives across 3 continents for the better. Not content with just being a social enterprise, we’re a social enterprise with a charity, one that focuses on enhancing the work our volunteers do and ensuring between charity and social enterprise that every project we start, we finish. This summer was our biggest ever, with over 1700...

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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 on 05th July 2016

The Camps Effect 2016

The Camps Effect 2016

So far our projects have benefitted over 35,000 of the poorest people, supporting them towards a brighter future. We’re also helping to protect some of the most important wildlife habitats on Earth. With your help, we can achieve even more this year. In our updated report about the direct impact our charitable foundation is having we could not be more excited to share with you a few of the highlights. The Camps Foundation commits to a ‘100% Giving’ guarantee, meaning...

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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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