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Borneo Climate Action

Mantanani 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.

Your key focus will be investigating how the impact of increasing tourism is changing the natural world and the community structure for the indigenous people of Mantanani.

You will use a wide range of scientific methods as part of a holistic research effort, covering key ecosystems and working with enigmatic species. The data you help to collect will form part of a long-term collaborative study which will be used to provide valuable insights, helping local communities manage the natural environment and protect ecosystems.

Methods will include:

  • Collecting physical samples from natural and urban environments
  • Surveying, classification and taxonomy of local species
  • Gathering data on the environmental impact of tourism
  • Providing insights and management strategies for local people and authorities
  • Monitoring activity and populations of local wildlife

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The impact that you'll make

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Hands-on scientific research (Mantanani)

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Undertake hands-on scientific research on the beautiful and biodiverse island of Mantanani. Your key focus will be investigating how the impact of increasing tourism is changing the natural world and the community structure for the indigenous people of Mantanani. Your research project will become part of the scientific effort to understand how our world is changing and help develop strategies to protect and conserve our most threatened ecosystems.

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Community Infrastructure Improvements & Food Security (Bongkud)

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Bongkud village has been established for over 90 years and its population is rapidly increasing. Projects here help to improve community facilities and include building a youth centre, improving the drainage system to ensure cleaner and healthier living and establishing a community farming programme that will re-introduce native trees, improving the air temperature and water quality in the area.

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Water Security & Kindergarten Development (Tinangol)

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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.

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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 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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What's included

Ongoing pre-expedition support
Flights
In-country transfers
Travel insurance
Food, water and accommodation
Educational module
Project costs
Leader and staff costs
Camps t-shirt
Orientation and language lessons
24 hour emergency support
Reserve location