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Reported by on 08th June 2018

My week in Cambodia helping others

My week in Cambodia helping others

I loved the idea of taking a week away from my own life and focusing on serving others. I love visiting other countries so to be able to combine that with making a difference was an amazing thing to me. Additionally, I wanted to see the historical sites that I have researched in Grade 10. I was nervous about the labor work as I am not very strong but I approached the project work with an appreciation and humbleness for...

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Camps International’s Sharon takes on her biggest challenge yet

Here at Camps we're a travel-loving bunch who love getting outdoors and are always up for new adventures. No-one more so than our Global Operations Manager Sharon, who is never afraid to take on even the toughest of challenges and inspires everyone around her to push the limits of their comfort zone too. Today she jets off to Morocco to take part in the Marathon des Sables, billed as ‘The Toughest Footrace on Earth’, raising money for two charities close to her...

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Reported by on 22nd March 2018

The Camps Effect: Our Impact On Safe Water

The Camps Effect: Our Impact On Safe Water

Access to safe drinking water is a basic survival need, yet even today 2.1 billion people still live without access to safely managed drinking water services. Many of the rural communities we work with in Africa, Asia and South & Central America lack access to running water in their homes, creating significant risk to their health and negatively impacting their livelihoods in many different ways. Health - over 80% of disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water or...

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Making global connections through sport at the BSME Games

At Camps, we believe strongly in the power of sport to unite and inspire young people and play a key role in developing valuable life skills. For this reason, we are very proud to have joined forces with Kings' School Al Barsha this year to sponsor the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) Under-11 Games. This big multi-sport tournament kicks off this week, with 15 schools competing in a diverse range of sporting events including football, netball, basketball, athletics and swimming. We...

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Reported by on 26th June 2017

Discovering Tsavo – Kenya gap team June 2017

Discovering Tsavo – Kenya gap team June 2017

Our Kenya volunteers have had an exciting start to their African adventure. We've been catching up with them about what they've been up to since arriving in Camp Tsavo - check out their blog below. On arrival at the airport we were introduced to a Camps International team member who led us to the others who had already arrived. We gave our own introductions at the airport and got to know each other whilst waiting for a few more team...

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Reported by on 06th April 2017

Camp Kenya School Trip Blog

Kenya has taught us more than we thought it would. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. As the week progressed we connected not only with each other but also with the community. The first couple of days at Itinyi Primary School, was an eye-opening experience. Arrival to Itinyi School Although we all knew we were privileged and blessed, having a first-hand experience with the kids gave us a whole new perspective on life; not only because they valued their...

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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 Sofia on 21st April 2016

UAE Teacher Trip to Kenya

UAE Teacher Trip to Kenya

Welcoming our first ever teacher familiarisation trip from the UAE to Camp Tsavo, and what an epic success it was! For most, this was their first time stepping foot in Africa and I am positive that it won’t be their last. All together we had 30 teachers travelling from schools across the Middle East, and I was the lucky one to lead the group to experience first hand our Camps culture and what we truly stand for. Here are some snapshots of...

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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 Hannah on 11th April 2016

Camps International join the American Gap Association!

Camps International join the American Gap Association!

Gap-year programmes are changing the way U.S. students and their families think about the path to a college education. In response to an increase in American students taking gap-years and recognition that such experiences have a positive impact on their achievement; a team of leading education and gap-year experts have joined together to support a trusted accreditation organisation, the American Gap Association (AGA). The AGA, who are recognised by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, are...

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Shazza’s Crazy Challenge for Camps Foundation – Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

Everyone knows the crew at Camps International are a little bit crazy and I am no exception! I love a good challenge, particularly if it’s physical and have a history of climbing big mountains, running marathons and anything else that pushes me to my limits. Well, now I have tackled my biggest challenge yet, the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race. It pretty much does what it says on the tin in that, you have to paddle from Devizes in...

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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 Peter Kalenga Kai on 17th March 2016

Gappers Blog- Kidia Tanzania

Gappers Blog- Kidia Tanzania

Earlier February 2016 we moved from Camp Tsavo, Kenya to Tanzania our third Camp Kidia! It is an amazing Camp located 1800 meters up Mt Kilimanjaro, nestled in coffee farms, banana and mango trees. To acquaint ourselves, we were taken for a village tour. We walked to the Fumvhu local primary school where we were informed by our leader that we will help refurbishing a classroom wall and floor. The road had steep hills and as we walk down we...

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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 Richard Peru on 23rd February 2016

Gappers Loving Camp Costa in Ecuador

Gappers Loving Camp Costa in Ecuador

Hello from Puerto Rico which is located on the Ecuadorian Coast between Montanita and Puerto Lopez. We are a group of 23 volunteers, 21 from England, one from Scotland and one from Germany. We are in Ecuador to volunteer and develop the infrastructure of the small community. So far our work has been very interesting and diverse. During the first 6 days we completed the project of building a new septic tank for the local school as the old one...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

JUST KENYA AND WE LOVE IT!

JUST KENYA AND WE LOVE IT!

We were blessed to open the year with a great team of 15 gappers who are now based in our Camp at Muhaka. One week down and are all having a fantastic moment and they had something to share‰! Jambo! (meaning hallo in Swahili language)  We all arrived safely in Camp Muhaka and we are all getting along really well. Although things seemed to be really different from our normal life here; everything looks amazing. The camp hospitality is incredible...

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Reported by Lindsay on 23rd February 2016

Dream House

Dream House

Mrs Boun Yoeun is 57 years old. Her husband and two sons were killed in the Khmer rough war. After his death, Mrs Boun Yoeun returned to her village but she found her home had been destroyed. Her neighbour helped her to build a little house for her and her daughter, her life was extremely difficult as you can imagine having lost her husband, two sons and her home.  In addition there was a lack of food, especially the staple...

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Reported by Bunlay on 23rd February 2016

Round Square International Schools

Round Square International Schools

Dear All, This is Round Square International Schools. They travel with from December 11th to December 23rd. They stayed in camp Bang Mealea and do the project works for two weeks. The below blog information is abstracted from their daily reports written by leader David Kyle. Please enjoy reading it. Camp Beng Melea is situated on 2 hectares of land in the community of Beng Melea, a 90 minute drive outside of Siem Reap, and includes 4 long houses for...

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Reported by Rory on 23rd February 2016

Chaos Theory in Vietnam

Chaos Theory in Vietnam

Apologies for those that have read this before a few years ago, but I am in Vietnam currently and my thoughts expressed below have been further reinforced. It struck me in a taxi on the way to the airport this morning, how does this country keep moving with such chaos occurring on the streets all around me.  I have just spent a few days dashing around Saigon (or Ho Chi Min City to give its more modern name) and Hanoi. ...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Shrewsbury Geography Fieldwork Trip

Shrewsbury Geography Fieldwork Trip

This month we had a group of International School students from Bangkok for their A-Level Geography Fieldwork Summary for Cambridge International Syllabus. They were studying the topics on Crowded Coasts & environments Fieldwork (various locations along the Kota Kinabalu coastline, including the port, islands, boardwalk, airport, business districts and tourist areas) and Population, Migration and Economic Transition (various locations around water village, outskirts of KK, townships, villages around KK) Apart from that, they had the opportunity to experience life out...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

KIDIA GAP BLOG

KIDIA  GAP BLOG

Our time in Tanzania began in Camp Kidia, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Just two minutes‰ walk down the road from camp were incredible views of the mountain. We settled in quickly as the staff were very welcoming and friendly. When we arrived at the project site, we learned what we would be doing during or stay in Kidia. Another group had started building a house for an old man and his wife. Their own house was slowly...

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Reported by Peter Kalenga Kai on 23rd February 2016

KENYA STUDENTS LEARNING OUTSIDE CLASSROOM,DESPITE ONGOING TEACHERS STRIKE

KENYA STUDENTS LEARNING OUTSIDE CLASSROOM,DESPITE ONGOING TEACHERS STRIKE

Education is the key to empowerment and ending poverty in any marginalized community. Teachers play a big role ensuring that students achieve this goal by receiving intensive education, knowledge and thrive academically every day in school to better their future.   Public school, especially those in the rural receives limited support from the government, school infrastructure and education facilities are dilapidated as a result education development in these areas are few or nonexistent. 70% of families live below the poverty...

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Reported by Ally on 23rd February 2016

What a difference a summer makes

What a difference a summer makes

As many of you are aware, one of our major projects over the summer was some serious work in the local primary school within the community at Camp Kuri Kuchu. Our volunteers worked on a seemingly endless list of projects all designed to ensure the school would not be shut down by the local authorities. Humberto Fierro school is one of a dwindling number of tri-lingual schools in Ecuador. The school teaches Spanish, English and most importantly, the local Quechua...

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Reported by Ally on 23rd February 2016

Behind the scenes at Camp Ecuador

Behind the scenes at Camp Ecuador

You all know about the amazing work that happens during team season every year, and we thought that perhaps you might enjoy a little peek at what goes on behind the scenes. As you can imagine, preparing for a few hundred teenagers to arrive into a foreign country is no small task. Not only are there the camps to get ready, there is the food very, very important, all of the project supplies to arrange and of course, quite a...

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Reported by Mel on 23rd February 2016

Norsalleh The Forest Guardian

Norsalleh The Forest Guardian

Late last year we were asked by the UK online Magazine - Trek and Mountain for an interview for a "local hero". The Local Heroes section basically involves hearing from the guys on the ground (local porters, chefs, trek leaders..) who help make trips so memorable for tourists travelling abroad to hike. We agreed to it after selecting a local hero that would be a great fit on the specific section featuring our local hero. The interview ran in June...

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Reported by Richard Peru on 23rd February 2016

Dancing in Per’_

Dancing in Per’_

Anyone who has ever been to Peru before will know that if there is one thing Peruvians love it is a good dance. The variety of traditional dances is astounding and our volunteers are lucky that our camps are all in geographically and culturally distinct locations. This means that throughout their expedition a school will come across a whole host of costumes and music, all with unique and special significance. Below are just a few examples of what you can...

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