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Reported by Lyndsea on 07th June 2019

Team Gajah’s Borneo Expedition

Team Gajah’s Borneo Expedition

Earlier this year, two schools from Queensland joined forces and became #teamgajah and headed off together on a life-changing expedition to Borneo! The students from one of these schools wrote a blog, and they all had an input to share their experiences. What a blog - what an adventure!    During the month of April, a group from Earnshaw State College went on a cross-cultural expedition to the island of Borneo with Camps International.  Students were given the opportunity to take...

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Reported by Tanya on 10th May 2019

Fundraising Friday Star – Jacob

Fundraising Friday Star – Jacob

Jacob has been working super hard to raise the funds for his Borneo expedition in September. He's even managed to pay it all off earlier than expected! Well done Jacob! The thought of an expedition to Borneo later this year intrigued me, but I was hesitant as I have never travelled overseas before or been so long or far away from my family or friends before, but after discussing the possibility with my parents, we decided it was a once...

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Reported by Tanya on 26th April 2019

Fundraising Friday Star – Michael

Fundraising Friday Star – Michael

Michael has been super busy with his fundraising ahead of his Borneo expedition in a few months time. He's not only been taking part in group events with his other team members, but also topping his funds up through individual events. Awesome job Michael - you'll be in Borneo before you know it! I first heard about the expedition through my school and I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to get outside of my comfort zone and do...

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Reported by Tanya on 22nd March 2019

Emma’s Time In Borneo

Emma’s Time In Borneo

Emma clearly had the best time on expedition to Borneo and she came away with some different view points too - have a read about her experience and what she learnt! Ok, so I jumped right into the deep end with this one. About a year prior to our departure Camps International came and did a presentation at our school about the expedition to Borneo and as much as I wanted to go I didn’t put my name down because...

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Reported by Tanya on 14th February 2019

Janaya’s Expedition Experience

Janaya’s Expedition Experience

We love hearing about our travelling students' experiences before, during and after their expedition. Janaya's blog brings us right into her experience as if we're right there next to her! Hands up who now wants to go to Borneo!? On the 1st of December 2018, 14 students and 2 teachers departed from Melbourne airport to start our journey to Borneo, Malaysia. Before I left I had a lot of nerves running through me. I don’t know if it was because...

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Reported by Tanya on 08th February 2019

Chantelle’s Borneo Expedition

Chantelle’s Borneo Expedition

We recently ran a goodie bag giveaway for our returning students to hear all about their recent expedition, and we're super happy to announce that the winner is CHANTELLE! Have a read all about her time in Borneo and how much this has meant to her! Goodie bag is on it's way Chantelle. December 2018 was set to be an absolute screamer (Australian slang for good time, you’re welcome). It’d been marked on the calendar since early 2017 as the...

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Reported by on 31st January 2019

Fundraising Friday Group – East Hill Girls

Fundraising Friday Group – East Hill Girls

Happy Friday folks! Today’s blog is super special as it’s our first ‘Fundraising Friday Group!’. This group of girls from NSW have been working hard individually, but very much as a group alongside their super supportive teacher who has sent in this blog to recognise their group events (which are ongoing!) as well as recognising each student in the group. Awesome job ladies – keep up the amazing work! Our team consists of 6 female students from Year 9 to...

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Reported by on 30th January 2019

Alicia’s Borneo Recce Adventure

Alicia’s Borneo Recce Adventure

We recently held our annual recce trip over to our camps overseas for teachers to conduct the necessary risk assessment checks, familiarise themselves with our expeditions and get excited to bring their students over for their very own expeditions. Alicia was part of a group of teachers from across Australia who headed to Borneo for a jam-packed week in December 2018. Have a read about her time in Borneo - we get the feeling she enjoyed herself! On returning from...

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Reported by Lyndsea on 11th January 2019

Borneo In A Week

Borneo In A Week

Wow, you really don’t know the true impact until you see it for yourself! In December I set out with a group of teachers who will be travelling with their schools later this year, on a journey to Borneo for a jam-packed week. Working with Camps, being a part of the student journey, seeing the positive impact through project reports, and reports from the teams and leaders overseas, was what got me up in the morning, and kept me buzzing...

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Reported by Tanya on 29th November 2018

Fundraising Friday Star – Cody

Fundraising Friday Star – Cody

Cody is this week's Fundraising Friday Star! From hosting dinner parties, selling raffle tickets and some arts & crafts - he's been very busy!! When I first heard about the expedition I was so excited about the trip and it felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn't refuse! I was a little apprehensive about the whole expedition but once I asked more questions and reassured myself, I relaxed. To raise some of the first amount I...

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Reported by Tanya on 23rd November 2018

Fundraising Friday Star – Janaya

Fundraising Friday Star – Janaya

  Janaya has been working hard on her fundraising through different events - and it's certainly been a family effort! All of her hard work has paid off as she's set to depart for her expedition to Borneo next week. The countdown is officially on! When Camps International first came into my school, I was instantly interested in what they did and the experience -  but... I was worried that I couldn’t go, raise the money or Mum would never...

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Reported by Tanya on 15th November 2018

Fundraising Friday Star – William

Fundraising Friday Star – William

We have been chatting to William and his lovely mum, Caroline, in the lead up to a big event he was planning, helping with posters, advice and generally keeping the enthusiasm up! Have a read as to how he planned it, and the little update we've put together as the event took place last weekend. Well done William (and Mum!) As soon as I heard about the expedition, I thought it could be fun and I wanted to help out...

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Reported by Tanya on 02nd November 2018

Fundraising Friday Star – Trinity

Fundraising Friday Star – Trinity

Trinity has 100% committed to her fundraising and her expedition by working BEFORE school starts! What an effort! Well done Trinity, your Camps hoodie is on it's way to you... When I first heard of the expedition to Borneo, I was nervous and but also really excited. I went home and asked mum straight away if I could go. She said yes, and then we started trying to figure out how I was going to be able to pay for...

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Reported by Tanya on 26th October 2018

Fundraising Friday Star – Rory

Fundraising Friday Star – Rory

Part time jobs are an awesome way to keep your fundraising ticking over, and that's the first step that our latest Fundraising Friday Star - Rory - took to kick start his fundraising journey! I am very excited to be part of a group expedition and to meet and work with new people and to also work in the local community in Borneo and help others. It will be an amazing experience seeing awesome sights and exploring a new culture....

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Reported by Tanya on 19th October 2018

Fundraising Friday Star – Scarlett

Fundraising Friday Star – Scarlett

Who doesn't love animals?! This weeks Fundraising Friday Star, Scarlett, has turned her love of animals into a fundraising success - awesome! Turning hobbies into fundraising events is one of the best ways to keep you motivated, so have a read of how Scarlett is getting on.... When I first heard about the expedition, I thought it was an amazing opporunity but an impossible goal to acheive - how was I going to raise all this money myself? So far,...

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Reported by Tanya on 09th October 2018

Buzzing On Borneo

Buzzing On Borneo

Our very own Tim headed over to our camps in Borneo for a quick trip recently - and he got a lot done in 6 days!! Have a read about his time in our camps, and to get yourself excited about your own expedition! This week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to head out to Borneo and see some of our projects first hand and meet some of the amazing people that make it all happen. In...

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Reported by Tanya on 21st September 2018

Fundraising Friday Teacher – Mr Johnson

Fundraising Friday Teacher – Mr Johnson

Our Fundraising Friday Stars are an awesome group of students from up and down the country who have been working hard to fundraise their way to their expeditions - we've even had a parent write a fundraising blog on behalf of her son. But this is the FIRST TIME we've had a Fundraising Friday Teacher! Mr Johnson is an awesome teacher who has been busy motivating his students through group fundraising, raising the awareness of the expedition in the local...

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Reported by Tanya on 07th September 2018

Fundraising Friday Star – Caitlin

Fundraising Friday Star – Caitlin

  Caitlin has only just signed up for her expedition to Borneo in 2019, and her parents have already noticed her commitment to her fundraising! Caitlin's lovely mum, Tess, has submitted this entry as she's super proud of her daughter - and we can see why!  When Caitlin first heard about the expedition, she was so excited by the opportunity to do something great for other people and the environment. Caitlin called me to talk through the expedition opportunity and she wanted...

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Reported by Tanya on 31st August 2018

Fundraising Friday Star – Mickayla

Fundraising Friday Star – Mickayla

Mickalya has only recently signed up for her expedition to Borneo - she doesn't depart until next year. But that hasn't stopped her making an awesome start to her fundraising! Have a read of what she's been getting up to...   When I first heard about the expedition I felt excited, but slightly concerned about the fundraising side of things. As my mother is a single parent, with 3 children, childcare, and living expenses, I knew I would need to...

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Reported by on 21st August 2018

Camp Borneo Turns 10!

Camp Borneo Turns 10!

From humble beginnings in an empty longhouse in Sabah, Camp Borneo has flourished over the last 10 years, creating positive impact for communities and wildlife all over the region and establishing a home for international volunteers to immerse themselves in Borneo’s unique culture. We caught up with Rory, our Asia & Australia Director and Mel, Camp Borneo Country Manager, to talk about this incredible journey. Describe the Camp Borneo operations and team when you started working there 10 years ago…...

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Reported by Tanya on 21st June 2018

Friday Fundraising Star – Jordan

Friday Fundraising Star – Jordan

Jordan has been busy fundraising since he joined this expedition last year. He’s been fundraising with his Borneo team members at his school, as well as on his own and his ‘Orangutan Packs’ are an awesome idea. Have a read about how Jordan’s getting on… When I first heard about the opportunity to attend the Borneo expedition, I was really interested to find out what it was all about, what we’d be doing and what community project work we might...

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Reported by on 12th June 2018

A housewarming celebration in Borneo

A housewarming celebration in Borneo

The Malaysian Harvest Festival, celebrated each year in the region of Sabah, Borneo, is always a happy occasion - a chance for the community to come together and share a feast of traditional dishes. This month’s celebration in the small community of Bongkud was particularly special though. As well as the harvest, the attendees – made up of local community members and gap year volunteers - were celebrating the housewarming of local man Julin, at his brand-new home purpose built...

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Reported by Tanya on 27th April 2018

Friday Fundraising Star – Natania

Friday Fundraising Star – Natania

This week’s Fundraising Friday Star is Natania. She has been fundraising like crazy and has even incorporated her fundraising with her love of horses. Along with fellow travellers, Tess & Rory – she’s doing amazingly. Have a read about her fundraising journey…. When I first heard about the expedition I felt excited to be able to play a small part in helping the Orangutans in the Borneo jungle and to meeting and helping people less fortunate than me. I had...

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Reported by Sheriece on 23rd April 2018

A trip of a lifetime – Borneo

A trip of a lifetime – Borneo

There is nothing more humbling in life than seeing your own efforts bring happiness to others. In my role with Camps International, I work with schools across Queensland to provide expeditions to our locations across the globe. I help prepare many teachers, students and families for their travels, along with encouraging them with their fundraising efforts. Seeing students excited and encouraged to sign up to an expedition is amazing because I know how much they will grow and develop into...

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Reported by on 13th April 2018

Team Katak vs the Jungle!!

Team Katak vs the Jungle!!

Saturday morning we left for the jungle. Having done it before I had already briefed the team and although there were a few apprehensions, they were ready to take it on! Our arrival at the village jetty meant jungle briefing and snacks, plus to our surprise and pleasure they were putting us in the eco camp rather than a fully hammocked camp. Despite this the team were adamant they were spending at least one full night in the hammocks and...

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Reported by Tanya on 05th April 2018

Friday Fundraising Star – Ryan

Friday Fundraising Star – Ryan

This week’s Fundraising Friday Star is Ryan! He has only recently signed up to his school’s Borneo expedition and he’s already off to a flying start. Go Ryan! Having only recently turned 13 I was excited at the thought of going to Borneo to help with community engagement and animal conservation with Orangutans. I wasn’t even sure if my parents would allow me to go or how I would begin to raise any money to help pay for the trip....

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Reported by on 03rd April 2018

Team Katak’s first 24 hours in Borneo

Team Katak’s first 24 hours in Borneo

The first 24 hours with Team Katak has been intense. After arriving, we whisked them off to the region of Kudat and headed towards the first camp. Stopping for a visit at the famous gong village was impressive. We learnt how gongs were made and saw the infamous giant gong!! Group photo time! After reaching the first camp- Camp Tinangol, we settled in. Everyone was tired and hungry and welcomed the end of the travelling. Then our first day of...

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Reported by Tanya on 01st March 2018

Meet Billy, this week’s Fundraising Friday Star!

Meet Billy, this week’s Fundraising Friday Star!

Happy Friday everyone. Meet Billy, this week’s Fundraising Friday Star. Billy has been very busy all over the local area working really hard raising funds for his expedition to Borneo later this year. He’s had the amazing idea of taking contact information from each sponsor, so he can keep them updated with his fundraising. He writes a regular report and sends it to them and is planning on sending another when he’s returned from Borneo. What a wonderful idea! Have...

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Reported by on 12th December 2017

Borneo in a week

Hi, I’m Emma and I work on the Expeditions Team at Camps, in the UK. This October I had the opportunity to go on Recce to Borneo. Having been to Kenya and Tanzania previously I was really excited to see the difference between Camps Africa and Camps Asia. Whilst away, we visited a variety of our camps, including Camp Pituru, Camp Bongkud and Camp Batu Puteh (jungle camp!). I was set loose with a drone and managed to get some...

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Reported by on 17th November 2017

Fundraising Friday Star – Teneal

Fundraising Friday Star – Teneal

This is a big moment – it’s the first EVER Australian Fundraising Friday Star! Today, we meet Teneal from Victoria. She’s been fundraising like crazy ever since she heard about the expedition to Borneo with her school and there’s no stopping her. Have a read about how she’s been getting on. Well done Teneal! Camps International came and gave a talk at my school. I listened and watched the videos and photos in awe. I want to go there! But...

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Reported by on 20th July 2017

A chance to experience Borneo

A chance to experience Borneo

As a taster, my week in Sabah, Borneo, was a marvellous introduction to Camps International’s student expedition programmes. With ten other teachers, following a schedule put together especially for us by Camps International, I had the opportunity to experience a myriad of activities and challenges, providing a thorough insight into the range of benefits students would receive on the three or four-week programmes. The pace was high, but it allowed us to cover lots of ground in Sabah, including two...

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Reported by on 11th May 2017

Familiarising ourselves with Borneo

Familiarising ourselves with Borneo

At the start of April, twelve lucky teachers got the opportunity to visit Borneo for a jam-packed seven-day Familiarisation Trip, giving them an insight into what their students will experience on a full expedition. Over the course of the seven days, our group of teachers were kept extremely busy with trips to visit current project sites, overnight stays in our camps and day trips to the Sepilok Orangutan and Bornean Sun Bears Conservation Centres. Two of our travelling teachers from...

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Reported by Lindsay on 01st September 2016

Giving the Gift of Education

Giving the Gift of Education

  The communities we live and work alongside are at the heart of everything we do, and at the heart of each community lies the next generation; children bursting with potential. At Camps we believe every child deserves an education, one that forms the foundation of a bright future. Schooling not only provides literacy and numeracy skills for children in developing countries, but a chance to understand nutrition, address gender equality and learn vital business skills. Attending school allows children...

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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 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 Mel on 23rd February 2016

Whirlwind Week In Borneo

Whirlwind Week In Borneo

I am always proud to work for Camps International, but nothing can heighten that more than being able to get the opportunity to travel abroad to one of our locations to see it for myself! This October half term, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to travel to one of our Asian locations Borneo and what a place it is! I travelled alongside a bunch of excited teachers who are due to be travelling with their students...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – NATASHA !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – NATASHA !!

  I want to do a skydive more than anything! It looks so fun! Slightly jealous of Natasha but what a great way to fundraise‰! This week‰'s entry is to remind everyone to play to your strengths and to demonstrate that fundraising does not have to be boring!! Hi, my name is Natasha Jordan and I can‰'t wait to go to Borneo with Camps International next summer.  From the first moment I was told about the trip I wanted to...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Naomi!

Naomi makes it sound so easy and has raised the total cost of the expedition- which isn‰'t due until next year! A winning combination of working and fundraising seems to be the way forward, and sounds like Noami‰'s mum may have super powers. Great team effort guys! £4000 raised in 362 days, yolo! When my mum transferred the deposit for my Borneo 2016 trip on October 16th 2014 we knew that the entire trip would have to be fully funded...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – JENNY !!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – JENNY !!

This week‰'s star has got it sussed when it comes to getting the word out. Not only has she created her own website but she has also managed to have a piece written about her fundraising journey in her local newspaper- nice one! She‰'s also apparently a star in the making, gaining sponsorship by singing and selling cd‰'s, can you send us one into Camps please?! When I first found out about the Borneo trip I was so exited- then...

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Reported by Lauren on 23rd February 2016

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – ELLEESSE!!

FUNDRAISING FRIDAY STAR – ELLEESSE!!

The best thing about my job is that I get to chat to you lot about how you‰'re getting on- some of you are used to me ringing you up for a good old chinwag and others I haven‰'t spoken to much (give us a call, I‰'d love to chat!) My favourite thing is when you get in contact with me out of the blue with something really positive. This week‰'s fundraising Friday Star wasn‰'t even an entry initially, I...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Fundraising Friday Star – Tara!!

Fundraising Friday Star – Tara!!

Me again today - though credit must go to our Fundraising Guru Lauren for talking to Tara and getting this story....over to them! At 5‰"2 tall (and a half, I hasten to add) I can safely say I do not belong on the cat walk. Not to mention the fact I would almost definitely fall over and that the last time I attempted to walk in heels I somehow managed to get my shoe wedged in a drain - don‰'t...

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