Malaysian Borneo Expedition

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Borneo

Nelson Mandela once said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.’ The real power of an experience like a Raleigh expedition comes when we realise that we have as much to learn from each other as we do from a book, and that as active global citizens we can take the time to teach each other, to listen and to learn. This World Earth Day, we want to talk about how citizen science can enable us to do just that.

April 21, 2017
Borneo

Over the past 10 weeks project teams have been working in the Kampong of Komburaon to upgrade the current gravity-fed water system increasing the number of households in the community with access to clean safe water and sanitation. This week the community held an opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of the work and the end of a successful project. It also marks 50th community Raleigh have worked in in partnership with Coca-Cola on their 50th anniversary of working in Malaysia!

Written by Sarah Tolfree

Photos by Steve Freeman

April 19, 2017
Borneo

We have heard a lot about what the venturers and volunteer managers (VMs) have been doing during 17A’s expedition from the blogs, but there is also a team supporting expedition behind the scenes at Raleigh Borneo fieldbase. In this blog we hear from Joy, our expedition administrator about her experience of 17A.

Written by Joy Montgomery

Photos by Steve Freeman

April 19, 2017
Borneo

Over the past 6 weeks Alpha 1 project groups have been working in the Kampong of Kinangkaban to upgrade a gravity fed water system that will provide clean water to all 85 homes in the village. Recently an opening ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the system and end of the project. This was attended by the community, Raleigh Fieldbase staff, project partners and a representative from the district office. In this blog venturer Adam tell us a bit more about the day

Written by Adam Clayton

Photos by Steve Freeman

April 18, 2017
Borneo

Sustainable Development Goal 15 aims to restore the use of terrestrial eco systems such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains by 2020. Raleigh International volunteers are working in the class one protected rainforest reserve of Danum Valley to build a second suspension bridge which once completed will provide access to new areas of the primary rainforest.

Written by Sarah Tolfree

Photos by Steve Freeman

April 14, 2017
Borneo

Alpha 5 youth leadership trek sees our venturers trekking for 16 days through the Crocker Range, an area of rich plant diversity with outstanding views. Being self-sufficient, carrying all supplies and moving camp each night, this one of the most challenging phases both physically and mentally. Throughout the trek venturers each get a chance to act as day leader, allowing them to develop their leadership and teamwork skills. To help prepare for this they spend an extra day at basecamp learning about different leadership styles and what makes a good leader. In this blog we hear from host country venturer Jia Wei about a few of her highlights, what she will take away from the experience along with some insight from her fellow team members.

Written by Jia Wei Lee

Photos by Steve Freeman

April 5, 2017
Borneo

Thursday morning saw everyone return to basecamp from their phase two projects for changeover and it was also time to say goodbye to our first set of 7 weeks venturers who's Raleigh expedition has sadly now come to an end. With everyone due to head back out to project sites early on Saturday morning, upon arrival at basecamp it was a busy afternoon full of catch ups and debriefs, followed by an evening of some very musical themed skits. Soon enough it was time for phase 3 allocations to be revealed and for us to bid a fond farewell with speeches from Volunteer Managers to the 7 week venturers!

Written by Sarah Tolfree

Photos by Steve Freeman

April 2, 2017
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