Malaysian Borneo Expedition

Get a real insight into our projects on the ground.

Meet our volunteers, communities and staff who are working together to create lasting, positive change.


Following on from the Social Action Workshop, our Host Country Venturers have put together plans for their projects. Now split into two teams, they’re both aiming to offer sustainable development opportunities in their villages; one team boosting health and entrepreneurship, and the other focusing on community cohesion through sport. Read on to find out more.

July 21, 2017

July 15th is World Youth Skills Day, which aims to spread awareness about the importance of developing the skills of young people to empower them to have a voice in global society. Everyone should have the opportunity to develop new talents and build their knowledge. But how is Raleigh Borneo putting this into action?

Our SALY-B (Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods for Youth in Borneo) programme is one of the ways. It's empowering young people to start sustainable, eco-friendly businesses by equipping them with new skills. We spoke to Harriet and Aurelia, part of our Volunteer Facilitator team who are delivering the SALY-B programme, about the skills they’re building, how it impacts on personal development, and what they’ve learnt from their community so far.

July 14, 2017

Our induction week is hectic, with all of our Venturers going through essential training covering sustainable development, jungle craft, radios, safety, river crossings, and medical sessions - all while fitting in an overnight practice trek and plenty of team bonding. In amongst all the craziness, we chatted to one of the Delta groups to find out more about why they came to Raleigh, and what they’re most looking forward to.

Read on to hear more straight from our Venturers themselves as we catch up with Delta 2.

July 12, 2017

During Venturer induction, every Delta group heads into the jungle for a practice trek and overnight stay in a hammock. This is a great taste of life on trek, and although it’s only one night away from Basecamp, it’s an eye opener and often the first time Venturers will experience the jungle up-close.

We hear from Sadie, Jawonday, Rachel and Habib - members of Delta 1 - as they recount their experiences of the jungle on their practice trek.

July 10, 2017

After a packed week of training, Phase 1 allocations are now in. So where are our venturers spending the next 19 days?

Our 10 week expedition 17E volunteers have been allocated into Alpha teams, and our 5 week expedition 17F volunteers have been placed in to Zulu teams. Find out where everyone is off to below.

July 8, 2017

Who’s going where? Expedition 17E allocations are in, and our 10-week Volunteer Managers now know where they’re headed for Phase 1.

17E sees venturers experience 3 weeks in both an environmental and community project, as well as a 16-day jungle trek through the Crocker mountain range. Find out more below.

June 26, 2017

The allocations are in for Expedition 17F and our Volunteer Managers (VMs) are getting to know their new projects. 17F is our five week expedition, where the venturers will complete a community or environmental phase followed by a week-long adventure challenge trek in the jungle.

To sum up our VMs in one word, they’re excited. Find out why below.

June 26, 2017

Our Volunteer Facilitators on the SALY-B programme recently went out on their Project Planning Visit (PPV) - a four day visit to the village of Rumantai, where they’ll be based for the next nine weeks. The purpose of the PPV was to meet the community, familiarise themselves with the local area and explore the facilities that will host the enterprise training.

Here’s how they got on.

June 25, 2017

In spring 2017, five Host Country Venturers (HVCs) joined Expedition 17A as the first group of United States Embassy funded Sabahan Youth Development Programme volunteers.

Over an amazing ten weeks, they developed their leadership skills, as well as building a strong understanding of sustainable development. They’re now putting all this learning into practice by undertaking social action projects that aim to create positive change in their communities.

June 24, 2017