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Reported by Jemima on 03rd September 2018

An unforgettable summer!

An unforgettable summer!

This summer I have had the incredible opportunity to head over to Borneo to experience life in our Camps first hand. Our team gave me a beautiful welcome from the moment I landed in Kota Kinabalu (KK) the main city in Sabah. Their enthusiasm and caring personalities made me feel at home straight away. Over my 5 weeks I was lucky enough to pop in and out of KK (what a luxury on expedition to be able to send my...

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Reported by on 21st August 2018

Camp Borneo Turns 10!

Camp Borneo Turns 10!

From humble beginnings in an empty longhouse in Sabah, Camp Borneo has flourished over the last 10 years, creating positive impact for communities and wildlife all over the region and establishing a home for international volunteers to immerse themselves in Borneo’s unique culture. We caught up with Rory, our Asia Director and Mel, Camp Borneo Country Manager, to talk about this incredible journey. Describe the Camp Borneo operations and team when you started working there 10 years ago… how has...

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Reported by Rhian on 26th April 2018

From food to camp life – Rhian explores Cambodia

From food to camp life – Rhian explores Cambodia

In February, I was lucky enough to experience Camp Cambodia for the first time! I met my awesome team at the airport before we set off, everyone had different ideas of what to expect; from the food to camp life. We were greeted in Phnom Penh by two very happy camps representatives who’s smiles reflected the welcome we were receiving from all locals as we made our way through the airport. We headed to the hotel to freshen up before...

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Reported by on 19th July 2017

What to do if you’re missing home…

What to do if you’re missing home…

Here is a gentle ease into what you might be feeling in the lead up to your expedition, what you may feel on the way or every now and then throughout your overseas journey. You may be able to relate, you may not, but have a read - and remember to every now and again take a deep breath. 'We don't call it homesick, we call it missing home. Venture outside your comfort zone, the rewards are worth it.' What is homesickness? At...

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Reported by on 23rd March 2017

Week Without Walls: Bradenton Preparatory Academy

At the end of January, students from Bradenton Preparatory Academy (BPA) travelled as part of Week Without Walls for experiences and adventures that will forever leave a deep imprint on them. Week Without Walls (WWW)  is designed to expose students to cultures outside of the comfortable corridors of the UAE and enlighten them to the history and ways of life that are much different to their own. This year BPA students set off to Borneo, Cambodia and Nepal with teacher...

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Reported by Lindsay on 01st July 2016

Giving the Gift of Education

Giving the Gift of Education

  The communities we live and work alongside are at the heart of everything we do, and at the heart of each community lies the next generation; children bursting with potential. At Camps we believe every child deserves an education, one that forms the foundation of a bright future. Schooling not only provides literacy and numeracy skills for children in developing countries, but a chance to understand nutrition, address gender equality and learn vital business skills. Attending school allows children...

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Reported by Megan on 13th June 2016

How to pack!

How to pack!

  We have had lots of bag packing related questions, this prompted me to write a (hopefully) helpful guide! Using everyone here at Camps’ knowledge, here are a few hints and tips which will enable you to pack both wonderfully and practically! How will it possibly all fit in your bag? It definitely will! This is something you need not worry about, the Kit Lists are written with this aim in mind, we wouldn’t set you an impossible task! Lay...

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Reported by Tatiana Rocio on 31st May 2016

New learning is shining from Camp Kuri Kucho

New learning is shining from Camp Kuri Kucho

Each group of volunteers is always different: ages, countries, perspective of life and others, but always Camp’s crew learn something from them. A great group of guys from twelve to thirteen years old with curiosity and imagination who had a big impact in Camp Kuri Kucho. Their first impression was that San Pablo Urco, a community that has a very basic lifestyle in the mountain is very close to the movement, pollution and chaos of their city, Quito. From the beginning...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 16th May 2016

Africa Project Blog (Sasenyi, Tsavo)-Sasenyi Classroom Construction

Africa Project Blog (Sasenyi, Tsavo)-Sasenyi Classroom Construction

'A Change is as good as a rest ' Said Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930); One of the biggest commitment of Camps International is to institute positive change in Africa, particularly to the less fortunate communities by providing the suitable environment for pupil's learning; through improving of Educational infrastructures and facilities of schools that are settled in the remote areas  and that receive limited or none financial support from the respective government institution. The Sasenyi Primary School is Situated in...

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Reported by richard on 11th May 2016

Camp Ecuador’s Earthquake Response

The earthquake that struck Ecuador on the 16th April 2016 was a massive 7.8 on the Richter scale, resulting in over 600 deaths and nearly 28,000 injured individuals. It was felt strongly across the whole country but devastated the coastal regions of Manta, Perdernales and Portoviejo, which accounted for some 75% of the total casualties. In the end it turned out to be the worst disaster to hit the country in over 70 years. Most of the Camp Ecuador team...

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Reported by Sharon on 14th April 2016

Working the Weekend Shouldn’t Be This Much Fun!

Working the Weekend Shouldn’t Be This Much Fun!

Working the weekend shouldn't be this much fun but it really is! Our 2016 UK School Expeditions are approaching quickly! Before we know it teams will be packing their rucksacks and heading off across the world to various destinations to enjoy a summer of hard work, personal challenges, amazing memories and life-long friends. Accompanying the students and teachers from the UK will be some of our most valuable assets - our Expedition Leaders. In preparation for meeting their teams and supporting them through...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 09th April 2016

JOURNEY TO AFRICA!

JOURNEY TO AFRICA!

We had a great team from Dubai American Academy who visited our Camp in Tsavo early last month (March)  and had this to share...... A trip to Kenya they said… it will be super fun they said… no bugs they said. They were right apart from the bugs. Do you know how to lay a concrete floor? Rocks, sand, water and cement. A lot of hard work went in to that first day at the school. First we broke up...

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Reported by Mel on 21st March 2016

Community Outreach Programme – Timbang Batu

Community Outreach Programme – Timbang Batu

Kampung (meaning village) Timbang Batu is located  approximately 2 KM radius or 4.5km by road from Camp Tinangol. There are about 500 estimated population in this Rungus community. 2013, was the year when we first visited this village through our local relations from Tinangol after an informal invitation. Like all of our permanent camps we took time to get to know our neighbours in building a long lasting relationship. On our initial visits to Timbang Batu, we were introduced to...

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Reported by on 17th March 2016

Mt Kinabalu with Jonny Wilkinson and Carl Hayman

Mt Kinabalu with Jonny Wilkinson and Carl Hayman

It’s the sort of trip that friends hate you to go on.  Mine are already pretty tired of my Facebook posts as I work my way round our camps on my annual pilgrimage to spend time with our crews in various corners of the world, but this was my second climb with Jonny and every bit as good as the last, so here goes with another round of dodgy selfies. Every year we look for brilliant causes to which we...

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Reported by Keely on 16th March 2016

Keely’s travels to Ecuador!

Keely’s travels to Ecuador!

So, as some of you know I work for Camps on the independent travel team, part of my role consists of helping people find their perfect trip and ensuring they are ready before jetting off. I look after the South America region and liaise quite heavily with our teams in Peru and Ecuador. This February I was lucky enough to journey overseas to Ecuador to meet our teams, our camps, projects and the regions we work in. I have done...

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Reported by on 15th March 2016

Callum’s Trip to Peru!

Callum’s Trip to Peru!

Hola! On 26th February 2016 I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to jet off to Peru for 10 days – here is a brief overview of what I got up to! 3 flights later and I finally arrived in to the sprawling city of Arequipa – Peru’s second most populous city with just under 900,000 inhabitants. I was very lucky with the weather whilst I was there with the stunning Misti volcano which towers over the city,...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

BEYOND IMAGINATION!

BEYOND IMAGINATION!

Something you would like to learn from these brilliant gappers......... Week 2 has gone so quick and unfortunately we have come to the end of our stay at Camp Muhaka. Our anticipation is that Camp Tsavo will be much greater with wildlife project element and more forms of project work of which everyone is counting forward to; obviously all of us will Miss Muhaka and its hospitality and the friends that we‰'ve made in the village and at the project, during...

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Reported by Lindsay on 23rd February 2016

NAVIDAD EN KAJLLARAKAY

NAVIDAD EN KAJLLARAKAY

Blog written by Camp Peru's very own Project Leader Lily SÌÁnchez Morales.. Christmas is a special time in South America and Peruvians love the holiday. While there is a strong indigenous population, most Peruvians are Roman Catholics and it is understandable that Christmas is a very big holiday in the country. While some celebrations are similar to those in Europe and North America, there are some unique traditions that reflect the nation's history and make Peru a special place to be during the...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Whirlwind Week In Borneo

Whirlwind Week In Borneo

I am always proud to work for Camps International, but nothing can heighten that more than being able to get the opportunity to travel abroad to one of our locations to see it for myself! This October half term, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to travel to one of our Asian locations Borneo and what a place it is! I travelled alongside a bunch of excited teachers who are due to be travelling with their students...

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Reported by Hannah on 23rd February 2016

Healthcare Outreach 2015

Healthcare Outreach 2015

      In November, 30 truly inspiring healthcare professionals took 2-weeks out of their busy schedules to come and join us in Kenya and do something amazing. Established 5 years ago, the Healthcare Outreach programme has already impacted greatly on the lives of rural Kenyans and this year was no exception. Throughout the 14 days we ran 6 ‰pop up‰ health clinics in villages situated within the Tsavo region of Kenya. This year we also had some valuable additions...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

A Whirlwind Tour of Kenya and Tanzania!!

A Whirlwind Tour of Kenya and Tanzania!!

Meet Phil, who although is well travelled himself is relatively new to Camps International.  October half term was the first time he had visited our Camps in Tanzania and Kenya  over to him‰!   Wow!! What a trip! As a newcomer to Camps, I was in the same position as the accompanying teachers, wondering what the Recce had in store for us in Africa! Everything was packed, itineraries completed and what an action packed adventure it would be! Landing in...

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Reported by Rachael May on 23rd February 2016

Hakuna Matata – Kenya/Tanzania Recce Blog 2015

Hakuna Matata – Kenya/Tanzania Recce Blog 2015

Hi all, my name is Emma and I work on the Expeditions team for Camps International. This October I got the opportunity to go to Kenya and Tanzania on the Teacher‰'s recce. Throughout the course of the week, we visited several camps, local projects and communities. We landed in Tanzania at 9am, after flying through the night (and having several plane breakfasts!). Whilst there we visited Camp Mbokomu, Camp Kidia and spent two days at Camp Tanga (our beach camp,...

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Reported by Katie Baxter on 23rd February 2016

Cambodia Teacher Recce 2015

Cambodia Teacher Recce 2015

  Myself, Lauren and Dean from the UK office had the incredible opportunity to take a group of teachers on a familiarisation week in Cambodia, ahead of their expedition with the students next year. The week was led Rory Hall, our Director for Asia, in addition to Bunlay (Country Manager for Cambodia) Hanh and Sunny (our Camp Managers) and I would like to firstly thank them all for making us feel so at home during our time in Cambodia! It...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

Tanzania BU SDX 2015 Blog

Tanzania BU SDX 2015 Blog

Whilst being students at Bournemouth University we have possessed a wonderful experience, full of unforgettable memories. We all feel like our sport knowledge and skills have been well utilized. We feel rewarded for the work that we have done to this little world. There‰'s nothing more self-fulfilling than making a difference and changing someone‰'s life forever. Our sport development mission in Tanzania is complete, however, no one feels like leaving‰!?!? We are here to tell you about the opportunity we...

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

Team Neak – Students’ Feedback

This is team Neak (Dragon). The below information is the extract from the students' feedback: Mollie BRAMBANI Traveling to Cambodia has been such an amazing experience and I am certainly geatfull for the opportunity I was given to visit. Living amongth the local community, monks and my new found friends is definately something I will remember forever. Cambodia is such a beautiful country and I am proud to say I have been. I will definately be returning ! Thank you....

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

Team Garuda – Sudents’ Feedback

Team Garuda – Sudents’ Feedback

Group's picture in the ruined temple called Beng Mealea. The temple is nearly one thousand years old. This is Team Garuda group picture in Beng Mealea ruined temple near camp Beng Mealea. They traveled through Cambodia in four weeks, lived in the community camp and worked with local staffs to develop the community lives. Below is the students' feedback right before the end of their trip. HARRY COMP When first travel to Cambodia back in July, I personally felt somewhat...

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You can take the boy out of Africa but you can’t take Africa out of the boy!

  As a young boy I was very fortunate to have grown up in East Africa during the 70s and 80s surrounded by its beauty, culture, wildlife , proud and friendly people but at the same time I was hugely aware of the hardship and poverty the majority of its population endured on a daily basis. Back then schools really were not very focussed nor comitted to putting back into communities and affected wildlife so I never really had the...

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