Raleigh has delivered Expeditions in Malaysian Borneo for more than 30 years. Following extensive research and analysis, the difficult but necessary decision has been taken to end our operations in Borneo in 2018. Our final Expeditions in Borneo will depart in July and August. As a volunteer on our Expedition this summer, you have the chance to continue our work, and become part of the legacy Raleigh has created in Malaysian Borneo.
“Raleigh was a chance to push myself to my limits and to develop some amazing leadership skills as well. Even if you think you have everything you want at home, there is so much more you can get from the depths of the jungle.”
– Sophie, volunteered in Borneo
Borneo has fascinated travellers for generations. Nowhere else in the world will you find such weird and wonderful wildlife and plant species. It is also home to one of the planet’s oldest rainforests, which is almost 130 million years old!
Join us on a Raleigh Expedition in Borneo and you could be calling one of the most biodiverse and ecologically important areas on the planet, home for 5, 7 or 10 weeks.
We work in Sabah, in the north of the island where 30% of the population live below the poverty line. You’ll raise awareness of biodiversity and play a vital role helping to protect one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses.
What will I be doing?
On the Community phase, you will live and work alongside one of Sabah’s remote indigenous communities. Due to the remoteness of these communities, access to early education is limited and so you could be working on a project to build an Early Years Education Centre within the community. You and your team may also work on a water and sanitation project – improving these facilities in the community.
What better place in the world for an Environment project than Borneo’s lush rainforest? You and your team will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in a jungle camp. You could be supporting a research project, building bridges and walkways or working on a conservation project to protect the rainforest for future generations.
On the Adventure phase, you will take part in a challenging and exhilarating trek in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. Every night you’ll camp out and sleep under the stars. Every member of the team will get the chance to lead the group for the day, so you will develop crucial teamwork and leadership skills.
Take a look at some of the amazing things our volunteers have achieved in Borneo.
Did you know?
- More people have been to Everest Base Camp than have been to one of our project sites – Imbak Canyon – it’s that remote!
- Malaysia is one of the top 12 ‘mega-diverse’ countries in the world, measured by the greatest levels of biodiversity.
- Over 15,000 species of plants and animals can be found in Borneo.