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Who’s going where? Expedition 17E allocations are in, and our 10-week Volunteer Managers now know where they’re headed for Phase 1.

17E sees venturers experience 3 weeks in both an environmental and community project, as well as a 16-day jungle trek through the Crocker mountain range. Find out more below.

June 26, 2017
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The allocations are in for Expedition 17F and our Volunteer Managers (VMs) are getting to know their new projects. 17F is our five week expedition, where the venturers will complete a community or environmental phase followed by a week-long adventure challenge trek in the jungle.

To sum up our VMs in one word, they’re excited. Find out why below.

June 26, 2017
Borneo

Our Volunteer Facilitators on the SALY-B programme recently went out on their Project Planning Visit (PPV) - a four day visit to the village of Rumantai, where they’ll be based for the next nine weeks. The purpose of the PPV was to meet the community, familiarise themselves with the local area and explore the facilities that will host the enterprise training.

Here’s how they got on.

June 25, 2017
Borneo

In spring 2017, five Host Country Venturers (HVCs) joined Expedition 17A as the first group of United States Embassy funded Sabahan Youth Development Programme volunteers.

Over an amazing ten weeks, they developed their leadership skills, as well as building a strong understanding of sustainable development. They’re now putting all this learning into practice by undertaking social action projects that aim to create positive change in their communities.

June 24, 2017
Borneo

All of our Volunteer Managers for Expeditions 17E&F have now arrived, and Fieldbase is full of friendly faces. After arriving on Friday and an introduction day on Saturday, we all headed out to Basecamp in order to complete our operational training – an essential few days with a focus on safety, first aid, and venturer development. This also included radio, river crossings and jungle craft, as well as a practice trek and a night in the jungle. We split into two groups, Tango 1 (17E VMs) and Tango 2 (17F VMs), and we were off.

Here are just 8 of the things we learned in a very busy few days…

June 23, 2017
Borneo

Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods for Youth in Borneo, or SALY-B, has big aims; to protect Sabah’s globally important rainforest and its wildlife in the Heart of Borneo, empower young people to develop sustainable green businesses, and safeguard the future of indigenous communities. It's a brand new approach for Raleigh and one unique to Borneo.

Let's meet our SALY-B Volunteer Facilitators – Aurelia, Nadya, Corin and Harriet - who will soon be making their first visits into local communities in the Telupid region.

June 14, 2017
Borneo

And we’re off! This week, the Advance Volunteer Managers arrived at Fieldbase ready to kick start Expeditions 17E and 17F. Our Fieldbase team will be manning Raleigh HQ alongside the in-country staff, and they include our Administrator, Advance Medic, Deputy Operations Managers and the Logistics and Communications teams. Let’s meet the faces of Fieldbase.

June 12, 2017
Borneo

Nelson Mandela once said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.’ The real power of an experience like a Raleigh expedition comes when we realise that we have as much to learn from each other as we do from a book, and that as active global citizens we can take the time to teach each other, to listen and to learn. This World Earth Day, we want to talk about how citizen science can enable us to do just that.

April 21, 2017
Borneo

Over the past 10 weeks project teams have been working in the Kampong of Komburaon to upgrade the current gravity-fed water system increasing the number of households in the community with access to clean safe water and sanitation. This week the community held an opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of the work and the end of a successful project. It also marks 50th community Raleigh have worked in in partnership with Coca-Cola on their 50th anniversary of working in Malaysia!

Written by Sarah Tolfree

Photos by Steve Freeman

April 19, 2017
Borneo

We have heard a lot about what the venturers and volunteer managers (VMs) have been doing during 17A’s expedition from the blogs, but there is also a team supporting expedition behind the scenes at Raleigh Borneo fieldbase. In this blog we hear from Joy, our expedition administrator about her experience of 17A.

Written by Joy Montgomery

Photos by Steve Freeman

April 19, 2017
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