Borneo: Summer 2015

We’re launching our Peru 2017 Expedition next week and we thought this was a timely moment to remind everyone what an incredible expedition we had to Malaysian Borneo in the Summer.

Report from Mr Morrissey:
Students from Forge teamed up with four other schools to take part in a four week expedition to the Sabah region of Malaysian Borneo. The aim of the expedition was to participate in a number of aid projects and gain a PADI scuba diving qualification. For all of us it was our first experience of South East Asia and for most the first experience of a developing country. The other schools in our team were; Princess Helena College, Burnt Mill Academy, Eckington School and Afon Taf High School.

Where did we go?
During the four weeks we stayed at seven different locations
• Tinangol
• KK (when in transit)
• Gaya Island at the dive down below dive school
• KK
• Mantanani Island
• Sepilok (orangutan and sun bear sanctuaries)
• Kopel (the jungle camp)
• Bongkud
• KK (last night before the flight home)

What did we do?
• Building and maintenance work in rural communities.
• Environmental projects in the jungle.
• Teaching in kindergarten.
• PADI diving course.
• Kayaking and snorkelling
• Trekking.
• Wildlife spotting.
• Cultural activities.
• Had a great time.

Best bits: our team, the people of Sabah, the scenery and the wildlife.

Worst bits: savoury noodles for breakfast.

Most surprising: how friendly and helpful the locals were and how few insects bit us.

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