Welcome to the Borneo blog!

This is the place to get a real insight into our projects on the ground. Meet our volunteers, communities and staff who are working together to create lasting, positive change.

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Over the past 10 weeks, our summer Expedition has undoubtedly created sustainable change in environments and communities across Sabah. From rehabilitating tropical forest ecosystems to building the infrastructure for communities to access reliable water and safe sanitation.

September 15, 2018

As the final Expedition comes to a close tomorrow, this weekend we will be celebrating the past 31 years of Raleigh Borneo Expeditions in Sabah at our closing ceremony. We want to share this momentous occasion with you - here’s how to keep in the loop…

September 6, 2018

Mempakad mornings are special for more than one reason. It is 6am and the sky has already started to lighten. You wake to the sound of the cockerels crowing, an annoyance you somewhat get used to. There is a heat to the breeze, despite the early morning. The warm air and enclosing greenery doesn’t take long to feel familiar.

Volunteer Mariam illustrates a day in the life of Kampung Mempakad as told by the children in the village.

September 5, 2018

What comes to mind when you think of palm oil? Is it that palm oil is a resource used in 50% of all consumer goods? Or that the Malaysian economy, amongst several others, has become heavily invested it? Or that palm oil is inherently evil? It is an issue that feels as distant as the places that predominantly produce it for many. But, like most controversies, it is never that simple.

August 30, 2018

Kampung Mempakad, located in mountainous terrain in northern Sabah, is the site of our community water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project. The community of Kampung Mempakad has existed without access to a safe and reliable water supply for generations. All 300 residents of the community are familiar with the daily uncertainties over one of our essential human needs: water.

Host country volunteer Ning spoke to community member Uncle Sudin to find out what it is like living in the village.

August 27, 2018

Raleigh Malaysia, made up of the Raleigh Sabah Society and Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur, is an alumni network of passionate young people committed to building a sustainable future in Malaysia.

August 23, 2018

Since 1987 Raleigh has partnered with young people from Malaysia and across the globe to make meaningful and lasting positive change in Malaysian Borneo. Following extensive analysis, the decision has been taken to bring our Expedition operations to a close in October 2018.

August 23, 2018

An abstract short story written by volunteer Jono McDermott depicting his experience of trekking in the jungle and tales of jungle spirits as told by the group’s guides.

August 21, 2018

From rehabilitating tropical forest ecosystems to building the infrastructure for communities to access reliable water and safe sanitation. Our summer expedition is in full swing and sustainable change is being made to environments and communities across Sabah.

August 18, 2018

Volunteers in Bengkoka Forest Reserve conducted research into the biodiversity in the area. 46 different bird species were found over a three-week period, some of which have only ever been recorded once before in Borneo.

Host Country Volunteer Yokie depicts her top 10 birds identified during the research through the medium of sketching.

August 15, 2018