Malaysian Borneo Expedition

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Borneo

Host country Volunteer Managers are a vital addition to any Raleigh International expedition. In this blog we hear from Venturer turned Volunteer Manager Luke on the importance of his role and what it entails.

Written by Luke Tauning

Photos by Steve Freeman

March 26, 2017
Borneo

To mark World Water Day 2017 Raleigh Borneo will be taking a retrospective look at the 25 WASH projects that nearly 1500 young people have worked on over the last 5 years in Sabah. Access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right, yet billions of people globally to not have access to it. This isn’t because there isn’t enough water to go around, but rather because poor infrastructure and poverty have meant that many people cannot access these integral resources. Today we will be thinking about some of the impacts that Raleigh Borneo and our partners have had on communities across Sabah as well as the wider implications, and causes of not having access to clean and safe water.

March 22, 2017
Borneo

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects work collaboratively with local communities and Project Partners to improve access to clean water and sanitation, leading to improved health and wellbeing. Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 are working in rural communities to upgrade existing gravity fed water systems, develop local WASH committees and raise awareness in various areas. In the run up to World Water Day on March 22nd, let’s take a deeper look at these projects and how they relate to Sustainable Development Goal 6.

Written by Lizi West
Photos by Steve Freeman

March 19, 2017
Borneo

Last week Raleigh Borneo welcomed our new 7 week venturers to Sabah, completing our expedition group for 17A. After their induction we headed to basecamp to meet the rest of the team, returning from their phase 1 projects for changeover. After a few busy days of reunions, stories, skits and plenty of excitement, we revealed where everyone will be deployed for phase 2. So without any further ado, lets see where everyone is going!

Written by Lizi West
Photos by Steve Freeman

March 13, 2017
Borneo

With the theme of International Women's day 2017 being Women in the Changing World of Work focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, we have been asking our fieldbase team what they think the most important step to achieving this is. Oh and did we mention Borneo is Raleigh's first all female office!

Written by Sarah Tolfree


March 8, 2017
Borneo

Our Host Country Volunteers from Malaysia, or HCVs as known here at Raleigh, bring invaluable local knowledge, language and insight into life in Sabah. Their abilities to translate and introduce local culture and customs are a true benefit to our programme and aid fellow volunteers to truly integrate with the local communities and partners who we work with here in Borneo.

As part of our week long International Women’s Day celebration, I spoke with three female HCVs to find out why they joined expedition and for their words of encouragement to other young females about volunteering.

Interviewed by Lizi West
Photos by Steve Freeman & Lizi West

March 7, 2017
Borneo

Through the coming series of blogs we will be celebrating International Women’s day 2017. Here at Raleigh Borneo we strive for greater gender equality and inclusion throughout our programmes. This year’s campaign is asking you to #beboldforchange, encouraging women across the globe to fight for a more inclusive, gender equal world. Across the week we’ll be taking a look at women in work and Raleigh’s first all-female office! Talking to our female Host Country Venturers (HCVs) about what has led them to join Raleigh and looking at how inclusivity is being ensured through our programming.

Written by Sarah Tolfree

March 6, 2017
Borneo

After much anticipation, this week phase one allocations are finally in! Deployment day involved an early start on Saturday morning which saw everyone up at 5.30am to load their coaches with kit, food and personal belongs before setting off to project sites across Sabah. We caught up with a few venturers to see how they are feeling about phase one.

Written by Sarah Tolfree
Photos by Steve Freeman

February 20, 2017
Borneo

17A Venturers have arrived! The volunteer manager team were at the airport last Saturday morning, to pick up 41 venturers from across the globe all eager and excited about the adventure that lies ahead over the next 10 weeks.

Written by Sarah Tolfree
Photos by Steve Freeman

February 19, 2017