Day 1 :
DEPARTURE FROM YOUR AIRPORT
- Depart for Borneo:
Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America.
Day 2 :
ARRIVE KOTA KINABALU - CAMP BONGKUD (OR SIMILAR)
- Camp Bongkud:
At Camp Bongkud (or similar), students will have the opportunity to live in a rural community and learn traditional ways of life, experiencing the warmth and generosity of the people whilst learning about the problems these communities face on a daily basis; the human wildlife conflicts and the efforts to preserve these precious areas. 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. On arrival at the camp you will be welcomed by staff with refreshments. After settling into the traditional style accommodation, the team will receive a full safety and orientation brief which will include a walking tour of the community and project sites. After dinner, local school children will perform a traditional welcome dance.
Day 3 :
- Enjoy an introduction in the local culture:
After breakfast, the morning is filled with sessions on traditional ways of life such as introduction to local cooking and handicrafts as well as a chance to meet people from the local community and see how they live. Throughout the day you can enjoy a local dance lesson and learn some traditional songs. You will have some downtime to spend with the local children too and this is a perfect opportunity for a sports tournament - US vs Borneo! After dinner we will be given a detailed briefing on the community projects that we start working on tomorrow.
Day 4 :
- Start working on a project in the local community:
After a hearty breakfast, the team will start their project work. 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. Your evenings are usually spent relaxing in camp and the local kitchen crew will rustle up a delicious dinner for you and your team. After dinner there are plenty of opportunities for group discussion, reflections on project work, keeping travel diaries up to date, as well as various team led games and activities. Local staff are always in camp and are on hand to chat to and help you with anything else that you need.
Day 5 :
- Conclude working on a project in the local community:
Today will see the conclusion of our community project, before returning to Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay.
Day 6 :
TRANSFER TO SANDAKAN - SEPILOK ORANGUTAN SANCTUARY
- Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary:
Enjoy a visit to the world-renowned Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. Here they take in and care for orphaned orangutans and rehabilitate them back into the wild. No visit to Borneo would be complete without seeing these incredible primates, and arriving at feeding time provides an unforgettable opportunity to see these guys up close and interacting with each other.
- Sun Bear Conservation:
Take the short walk next door to Sepilok to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre - a rescue and rehabilitation centre for the endangered Bornean Sun Bear. Our base tonight will be in our hotel in Sandakan where breakfast and dinner will be provided.
Sandakan was once host to an exotic cast of foreign interests; German, Arab, and Indian traders, Dutch and Chinese planters, and pearl divers, but it was sadly razed to the ground during the Second World War. After the war, a roaring timber trade blossomed here with wood from Borneo imported all over the world, so much so that for a time, there were more millionaires per head here than anywhere in the world. Sabah's second city is dotted with religious relics, haunting cemeteries and stunning colonial mansions. Our evening in Sandakan will be spent enjoying a group dinner.
Day 7 :
SANDAKAN - KOTA KINABALU - FIRELIES ECO-CAMP
- Camp Fireflies:
Today we will take a short flight back to Kota Kinabalu. We have some free time and a lunch in the city before we transfer to Camp Fireflies. Camp Fireflies is an eco camp located next to Klias River and provides an exciting wilderness experience. This camp offers traditional longhouse accommodation with comfy mattresses and bedding including mosquito nets, flushing toilets, cold water showers, and sinks. Right next to the river is the camp deck where you can spend your downtime fishing for fresh water lobster.
- Kilas River Cruise:
Once we are settled into our new accommodation, we will head out on a late afternoon river cruise along the Kilas River. We will be searching for wildlife and we have a great opportunity to spot the indigenous Proboscis monkey.
- Evening activities:
In the late afternoon, there will be activities and traditional games, and after dinner, the group will witness the amazing fireflies display on a night-time cruise.
Day 8 :
UTAN PARADISE JUNGLE CAMP
- Utan Paradise Jungle Camp:
Today we will have an early start and enjoy early morning cruise on the river to see the early-rising wildlife. After our cruise we will continue to Utan Paradise. Our base tonight will be at Camp Paradise Base Camp. Utan Paradise Jungle Camp is located at Ulu Kimanis some 68km away from Kota Kinabalu city. Nestled at the heart of Crocker Range that encompasses 40 acres of land, Utan Paradise promises one of the memorable jungle experiences in Borneo. This afternoon, the team will learn traditional jungle skills that the local people have used for hundreds of years including making traditional traps, and will enjoy a short trek through the jungle.
- Reforestation Project:
The team will assist with the Utan Paradise reforestation project working on either expanding the nursery, collecting seeds, and planting them or planting out saplings that are ready. This work helps to ensure that important tree species are replaced providing food sources for local wildlife as well as replacing hardwood trees.
- Insect Observation Session:
After dinner, there will be an insect observation session where the team will get to see the insects that make all that noise in the jungle by shining a light on a white sheet.
Day 9 :
DEPARTURE FROM KOTA KINABALU
- Depart for home:
Our rewarding and enjoyable experience comes to an end as we make our way to the airport on our final day.