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Camp Borneo & Camp Cambodia 3 Months

From the tropical shores of Mantanani Island to the mystical temples of Angkor Wat, become part of Southeast Asia’s vibrant culture on this action packed 3 month volunteer programme. You’ll find the warmest people in Southeast Asia, their generosity and kindness is inspiring. Learning about the region’s recent history will fill you with even more respect for the communities that you will live and work alongside. Each of the 6 camps you will call home are located alongside a local community. We listen to the needs of each community, so that you can work on projects that make a tangible and lasting difference to them.

Head out into the dense jungle for a night trek with our knowledgeable local guides before jumping into your hammock for a night in the jungle. Enjoy beach BBQs and explore the vibrant town of Kota Kinabalu at the weekends. Of course a trip to Borneo wouldn’t be complete without getting to observe the island’s most famous primate, the orangutan. We’ll take you to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you can get up close to these amazing creatures and support the vital work of the sanctuary.

In Cambodia meander around the world famous and simply mind blowing temples of Angkor Wat. Soak up the culture at the local circus (no animals involved) and test out your bartering skills in the bustling night markets.  Relax and unwind on Siem Reap’s famous ‘pub street’. Sample delicious local delicacies and even try some fried tarantula if you’re brave enough!

Become a true global citizen, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a measurable impact in the process.

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Camp Borneo & Camp Cambodia 3 Months

$6,920 per traveller


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The impact you will make

01

Habitat Conservation (Batu Puteh)

Batu Puteh is an incredible haven for a large majority of Borneo’s wildlife including orangutans, elephants and proboscis monkeys, and is one of the world’s most important natural habitats. However, it’s also one of the most threatened. You’ll get involved in activities to help safeguard this wildlife paradise for future generations by helping to tackle deforestation.

re-forestation volunteer project

activities include

  1. Seed collection
  2. Tree planting
  3. Wildlife monitoring along the Kinabatangan river
02

Kindergarten Development (Bongkud)

Bongkud village has a small kindergarten that uses a small church building. However, the population of young children in the village is growing fast and the current kindergarten is becoming overcrowded. You’ll help by continuing the development of a purpose built kindergarten, providing a stimulating and safe environment where these young children can learn and play.

volunteer project

activities include

  1. Digging classroom foundations & laying bricks
  2. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  3. Making classroom furniture
  4. Creating a play area & landscaping
  5. Installing water storage tanks & associated piping
03

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
04

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
05

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
06

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 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

 

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Camp Bongkud

Set in the shadows of the mighty Mount Kinabalu, Camp Bongkud is surrounded on all sides by lush picturesque scenery. It’s hillside location gives it a pleasant breezy climate which makes it the ideal hillside retreat after a hard day’s project work.

Being in the heart of the village also has its advantages; all your project sites are only a short walk away and you can challenge the locals to a friendly game of volleyball on the community court during your downtime.

Location: 140 km (3-4 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 30 km from Kudat

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

Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). 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, chicken curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Banana fritters & steamed banana cake

If you’re feeling brave: Try Tuhau (wild ginger), Tuntul (river snails) or Butod (sago worm)!

Social: Chilling hut, volleyball court, badminton & board games

 

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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 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

Accommodation:

  • 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

 

camp batu puteh

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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Day to day - Sample 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 have an arrival briefing before your welcome dinner.

Day 02

Welcome 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.

Day 03-04

Chill out weekend

Weekends are the perfect time to relax and experience some of the beautiful sights that Sabah has to offer. You will also have the chance to spend some time at the beach – BBQ included.

Day 05-09

Project work

You’ll spend around 10 days volunteering alongside the local community on projects such as creating a water feed system for the village, helping with the building of the market place for the locals, teaching basic English to primary age children, working at our permaculture garden and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.

Day 10-11

Chill out weekend

A well deserved rest and chance to explore.

Day 12-16

Back to projects

Get stuck back into your project work.

Day 17-18

Kota Kinabalu

Explore the vibrant town known as KK. You’ll stay overnight in a hostel, there’s plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and culture to enjoy.

Day 19

Back to Camp Tinangol

we’ll transfer you back to camp.

Day 20-22

Project work

You will spend another 3 days working on the community projects before saying your final goodbyes to the locals.

Day 23

Welcome to Camp Batu Puteh

You will be transferred to our incredible jungle camp at Batu Puteh.

Day 24

Jungle exploration

You will be taken for an early morning river safari along the Kinabatangan River where you will see the incredible wildlife. You will participate in a vital environmental project, helping to reforest areas where the jungle has been destroyed.

Day 25

Tree nursery project

You will be collecting the seed from the mother trees in the jungle and taking them back to the nursery. After dinner, a member of our team will take you for a night walk, followed by a night in our jungle camp in a hammock.

Day 26

Forest restoration project

Planting trees to continue the wildlife corridor conservation project.

Day 27

Sandakan & Orangutan tour day

You will visit the Orangutan Sanctuary at Sepilok where you have the chance to explore the rainforest and see the orangutan up close. After lunch you will visit the P.O.W (War Memorial Park) at Sandakan.

Day 28

Back to Kota Kinabalu

You’ll be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for last night for a farewell dinner with your Camp Borneo team.

Day 29

Welcome to Camp Mantanani

After a much needed sleep and a good breakfast, you will be transferred to Camp Mantanani. You will take a boat over to the paradise that is Mantanani!

Day 30-38

Project work

You will spend 10 days volunteering alongside the island communities. This is your chance to get stuck in to some valuable initiatives such as helping to build community toilets, 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 39-40

Chill out weekend

This time is yours and you can spend it relaxing on the long white sandy beach which is just in front of our camp. You can kayak as well as swim and we highly recommend watching the sunrise or sunset at the tip of the island.

Day 41-44

Project work

Get stuck back into project work on Mantanani.

Day 45

Kota Kinabalu

We’ll transfer you to KK for an overnight stay.

Day 46

Welcome to Camp Bongkud

Upon arrival you will meet our Camp Bongkud staff, including your Camp Manager who will show you around. You will also be given an overview of what your time here will involve.

Day 47-48

Chill out weekend

A well deserved weekend off and a perfect time to enjoy the hot spring pools at Poring Hot Springs. You will also be taken on a tour of Ranau and Kundasang.

Day 49-52

Project work

You will spend 7 days working on community projects which include the building of a kindergarten.

Day 53-54

Chill out weekend

Explore the local area and take a well deserved break.

Day 55-57

Project work

Back to projects at Bongkud.

Day 58

Kota Kinabalu

We’ll take you back to the city of KK for your last night’s stay in Borneo.

Day 59

Goodbye Borneo

We’ll get you to the airport for your flight to Cambodia.

Day 60

Hello 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 61

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 62-66

Project work

You will 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 67

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 68-73

Project work

Spend 6 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 74

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 75

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 76

Welcome to 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 77

Explore Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

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

Day 78

Welcome back to Camp Beng Mealea

We’ll transfer you back to Camp Beng Mealea for some more project work.

Day 79-83

Project work

Spend 4 more days on projects before saying your goodbyes to the local community.

Day 84

Siem Reap transfer

Head back to the vibrant town. Stay overnight in a hostel.

Day 85

Chill day

Explore the shops, bars and restaurants of Siem Reap. Enjoy a farewell meal with your team.

Day 86

Departure day

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

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Top up your trip

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PADI Scuba Borneo

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What's included

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

 

don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations.

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