Our trek groups complete a demanding 16-day trek through the Crocker Range, tackling steep ascents, jungle terrain and the Borneo weather. David, who completed trek during Phase 1 of 17E, tells us about his experience, and how it has helped him on the path to self-development…August 16, 2017
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John, one of our Logistics VMs, spent half of Phase 2 with Alpha 2 at TRCRC – the Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre, one of our Natural Resource Management Projects. Here he tells us about his experience; after working for 30 years in the environmental sector, he was keen to really get to know the project...August 15, 2017
After 19 days working hard on their respective community and natural resource management projects, the 17F Zulu groups returned to basecamp with the finish line in sight. The only thing that lay between them and the end of expedition was the Adventure Challenge; a week-long competitive adventure and leadership phase in the jungles of Borneo.August 13, 2017
Saturday 12 August 2017 is International Youth Day, a global day to highlight the benefits of youth participation and empowerment. At Raleigh we want to use the day to acknowledge the amazing work of young people, showing how they can be at the heart of global change, developing solutions and making decisions. SALY-B, or Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods for Youth in Borneo, is a programme that aims to achieve just that.
SALY-B is a new programme for Raleigh Borneo and one focused on building youth skills in green entrepreneurship in some of the most rural areas of Sabah. Here, we’re having a look at the results of the programme – the business plans produced by some of the participants, ready to pitch for the possibility of securing seed funding.
Habib, one of our Alpha 1 venturers during Phase 1, tells us how his team came to understand just how important their WASH project is. The unreliable rainfall in the village of Pandan was becoming a huge problem, as access to water was becoming increasingly difficult. Alpha 1 were there to help improve the situation, working with the community to build better access to water in the future. Habib tells us how their experience opened their eyes and gave motivation to complete their project.August 9, 2017
Zulu 2 have completed their Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project in Kampung Kalampun, a village in the Pitas region of Sabah. Here, venturer Imo tells us how they worked together with the community - from improving access to safe water, to running WASH sessions.
The impact of a Raleigh Expedition does not just last the few weeks that venturers are on project. The outcomes of each project deliver sustainable development that continues long after Expedition has finished.
Our 17F Zulu groups completed two Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects and one Natural Resource Management (NRM) project. All three link into the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, a set of goals adopted worldwide in 2015 with the aim of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all; with specific targets to be achieved in the next 15 years. Each Raleigh project has individual impacts, but they connect to form a bigger picture for the whole expedition – and the whole world.
Here, we’re thinking about the impacts of our Zulu group projects, completed by our 5-week venturers over the course of 3 weeks.
Our Trek groups are not only accompanied by their VMs, but also by a team of expert jungle guides. They use their huge amount of jungle knowledge to keep our venturers safe and on the right path throughout the 16 days of traversing the Crocker Range. Sadie, who completed Trek during Phase 1, found that their guides Perry, Ken, and Kunor were a huge part of her experience – and here she tells us all about it.August 1, 2017
We hear from James of Zulu 3, who spent Phase 1 at our Natural Resource Management project, Coupe 1. They were restoring jungle trails to encourage eco-tourism, identifying native tree seedlings as part of a reforestation scheme, and continuing to survey the diverse flora and fauna with the team of forest research scientists. They also set up mist nets to study birds and bugs, as well as building camera traps to see what other wildlife they could spot. Here’s how they got on…July 31, 2017
It may not seem like 3 weeks have passed, but Phase 1 is well and truly over and we’re now moving onto Phase 2 of Expedition 17E. A new phase means new groups, so here’s where everyone will be heading off to – either a community WASH project in Kampung Pandan, an environmental natural resource management project at TRCRC, or on a 16-day trek of the Crocker Range.
Our original Alpha groups have also been joined by a new group of 7-week volunteers for Phases 2 and 3: Guy, Olivia, Akhil, Lydia, Liam, Ellie, and Will – and they’re already fitting right in.