I loved Raleigh Borneo so much I went back – four times!

2nd August 2017

I kept coming back to Raleigh because I love it and I have learnt so much. There is always something new to learn every cycle. I loved the organisational structure and enjoyed meeting new people. I like what Raleigh does, how it does it, and the importance Raleigh puts on safety. They have thought about infrastructure, so the set-up is great.

I really enjoyed the whole programme and the interaction with the young people. I felt that I was contributing and making a difference.

I loved driving in Borneo. There is such a big contrast to living in the city with the terrain, and then going to the rural areas, bathing in the river and having no electricity!

I can remember the first day I woke up at training centre ready for the staff training trek. I was in the basha tent when the sun rose and there was a beautiful view of the mountain – I could happily live there (as long as it isn’t raining).

Best Borneo memories

When we all arrived at the training centre to prepare for deployment there was lots to do and the logs team were all very busy. At the end of the day, we had lost one of the logs team who we found fast asleep on the kitchen floor! It was a very funny and memorable moment.

One of my best memories was of the opening ceremony of the gravity water feed project when I was Project Manager for 12A. Coca-Cola came to visit and we put up an arch of pipe with holes in – it was like a rainbow fountain, which the children loved. The village was amazing and we got invited to so many homes as, at that time, we stayed in community halls. Instead we invited the village to us and I made a dodgy cottage pie from corn beef and mash potato.

It is also great just to see the changes in the volunteers – 18-year-olds that had never done any washing in their life develop practical and leadership skills. It is a massive morale lifter.

Climbing Mount Kinabalu with Raleigh friends was another highlight for me.

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