One of the reasons young people from around the world choose to volunteer on Raleigh expeditions is to open their minds to other ways of living and to make positive sustainable change. Aside from the success of the projects, often volunteers benefit most greatly from the interactions they make with their peers. They spend the duration of their time on expedition with people they may never usually have an opportunity to interact with. Of particular note are the relationships between the international and Malaysian volunteers who live and work together on project sites.August 12, 2018
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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Acacia bashing, mist netting and amphibian night surveys… essential puzzle pieces to rehabilitating one of Sabah’s significant water catchment areas.August 9, 2018
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
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.
Over the past 10 weeks, Raleigh Borneo projects have made massive impact and created meaningful change to environments and communities across Sabah.May 3, 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.
Volunteer Jacques is currently completing his final project allocation on a community water, sanitation and hygiene project in Kampung Tikalod. Jacques reflects on how his understanding of happiness has altered since arriving and meeting the community.April 14, 2018
Host Country Volunteer Shriya spent her second project allocation in a Natural Resource Management project in the east of Sabah. She reflects on her time on project and the importance of preserving and regenerating tropical rainforests.April 13, 2018