I could not have asked for better students to represent Treviglas Community College in Borneo. Jack Edensor, Hannah Govier, Josh Mann, Chloe Mckenzie, Eivinta Seskeviciute and Sadie Wakelam were all remarkable, as they joined 16 other students from 2 different schools to form our composite team. They got to experience the vast and varied landscape, people, animals and climate of Borneo in a month long trip.
The endless interaction with community-based projects, initially involved the construction of a market place in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, where they also taught English to the local children. We all participated and many succeeded with their PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course on Gaya Island at the 5* dive provider, Dive Down Below, in water temperatures of 30°C, illuminating the incredible experience by all involved. Their involvement in the jungle restoration project in Batu Petu, included time at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, and was truly extraordinary, as we replanted the rainforest, one tree at a time. Furthermore, they took part in the community sports day at Camp Tinangol, and even constructed new toilet facilities at the small fishing village of Kampung Pituru Laut. This meant that they not only had the adventure of a life time, but improved the lives of many locals.
Throughout their expedition, our Camps International Leader, Susan, commended the students on their positive and mature attitudes. It was incredible to witness their personal development, as they formed relationships with other students and locals, motivating each other, even when we were tucked away in our hammocks, tied to trees, during torrential rainfall, for our last night in the jungle.
It is impossible to say what the best part of the expedition was, only because there were so many highlights, and we were all involved in so many activities throughout the 28 days. What is certain though, is that each of us had the trip of a life time.
The Borneo 2017 expedition exceeded all our expectations and as a result we will be heading to Peru in 2019, during the summer, with Camps International for a month. All interested students in Years 10 – 12 are invited with their parents to a meeting on 27th September at 18:30 in J9 to hear about this fantastic opportunity and to ask any questions.
Also coming up: our geography trip to Iceland in October 2018.