30 years in Borneo

In 2017 we are marking 30 years since our first expedition in Malaysian Borneo!

We will be sharing stories from the people who have been part of Raleigh in the region and would love to hear your memories.

From surveying coral reefs to trekking through the Crocker Range and working with rural communities, please tell us your tales. Don’t forget to dig through the archives and share your pictures too!


The future of the world is in the hands of the generations who will one day be in charge. Raleigh believe young people are ready to take ownership of what is happening in the world. We believe that, as a generation, young people are full of creativity, innovation and determination and, given the chance, they can be the leaders at the heart of global change. We believe that by investing in this generation and equipping them with the skills and experience that they may need means investing in the future of the world.

July 13, 2018

This summer 100 volunteers from around the world will be joining us to volunteer their time on the final Raleigh Borneo expedition. Each of the projects is aimed at creating sustainable change in the Malaysian Bornean state of Sabah. This summer we will be working within two communities conducting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects, three environmental areas conducting Natural Resource Management (NRM) projects and running two Adventure Leadership projects.

June 25, 2018
Advance team group photo

The Advance team have assembled at Raleigh Borneo’s fieldbase from all four corners of the globe to assist with the final expedition taking place in Borneo. The team, all specialists in their respective fields, consists of the Deputy Operations Management team, Logistics team, Medic, Communications team and Administration.

June 15, 2018

It’s International Day of Biological Diversity – a day to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues. Sabah is home to some of the greatest biodiversity and ecosystems in the world. The heart of Borneo alone has 10 times the biodiversity of the Netherlands, with three new species being discovered every month.

Parallel to the issues being faced around the world, areas of land across Sabah are under an ever-increasing threat from human activities such as logging and poaching. For over 30 years, Raleigh Borneo has been working with a variety of conservation areas across Sabah to help protect and restore areas of land. Raleigh Borneo returned to Danum Valley Conservation Area in 2017 to continue to support their environmental efforts.

May 22, 2018

Change starts from within: the desire to alter a current situation. Young people are ready to take ownership of what is happening in the world. They are ready to plan for the future and make a positive impact locally and globally. Young people are full of creativity, innovation and determination. Given the chance, they can be leaders at the heart of global change.

Raleigh expeditions provide unique opportunities to face adventure challenges in some of the most incredible areas of the world. Alongside the community and environmental phases, the Adventure Leadership Trek phase equips young people with the skills, confidence and experiences they need to be empowered, effective and energetic partners and leaders in development.

April 18, 2018

The act of handwashing - a simple yet effective method of preventing the spread of potentially harmful bacteria from insufficient hygiene practices. Tackling the spread of such bacteria can significantly reduce the rate of diarrheal illness in communities and mean less days missed from work or school and a better quality of life.

In the final week of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in Kampung Teliduson, the Raleigh volunteers took on the task of running an awareness raising session for the children in the community all about handwashing at key times and how to stay well in the fight against germs.

April 12, 2018
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