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Overview

 Highlights


  • Learn about the the unique cultural, historical, bio diversity and local indigenous communities of Borneo
  • 2 days of service at a Coral Rehabilitation project
  • Snorkeling among beautiful coral reefs
  • Riverside camping experience
  • And much more

This unique, custom designed itinerary features many fascinating aspects of Borneo, the ideal base to explore indigenous culture as well as jungle, forests and coral reefs. We enjoy 2 days working on the innovative "Coral for Life" program that seeks to rehabilitate coral ecosystems of the coast of Borneo. We then round out the itinerary with 2 nights at a riverside campsite learning about village life, food production and exploring the rainforest, villages and orchard farms in the Kiulu Valley. Finally we will gain insight into the local culture by participating in local games and activities such as rice pounding and sieving, blow pipe, handicraft making, demonstrations of sustainable traditional fishing with handmade nets and learn about musical instruments and dance.

This itinerary is sure to learn students with a well rounded understanding of life in Borneo and many happy memories of time spent with their peers.

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Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport and transfer 20 minutes by coastal road to our Eco Lodge. A trip briefing will take place before you head out to explore the bustling city centre of Kota Kinabalu with hawkers stalls, fiery ocean sunsets and night markets. Overnight: Eco Lodge, gender separated dormitory with communal bathroom.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast, transfer to Gaya Island (10 minutes road & 15 minutes speedboat). The marine conservation programs are conducted under the supervision of our fully qualified team of instructors at a PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Centre on Gaya Island. Participants will learn about the role coral plays within the environment through our “Coral For Life” presentation and we will elaborate and show the differences between healthy and damaged coral in its natural environment and the threats upon them. Participants will collect broken corals and replant them to artificial reef structures – giving back life! We start and end the program with a beach clean up so the students can see the effects of the rubbish coming back overnight. We also discuss ways in which everyone can help reduce their own environmental footprint in everyday life. Overnight: Eco Lodge, gender separated dormitory with communal bathroom.

Meals:  B,L

From Kota Kinabalu City we transfer one and half hours overland to the countryside through the valley of Kiulu. Upon arrival at the riverside campsite, be greeted with a warm welcome from our hosts. A traditional lunch will be served comprising organic locally produced food. In the afternoon, you will be taken for a walk around the village, paddy fields and orchards to learn about the villages environmental way of life and the various herbal and medicinal plants they have used for generations. You will be picking your own fresh fruit and vegetables ready to cook for dinner during this farm-to-table experience. It is free and easy in the evening - you may take a dip in the refreshingly cool Kiulu River. After dinner, we will light a bonfire and watch the night sky come alive to dazzle you - with no light pollution the milky way can often be seen as it rotates through space. Overnight: Riverside Campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake up to the sounds of the flowing river and be energised with a hearty breakfast. Today we will trek through stunning landscapes as we explore the rainforest, villages and orchard farms in the Kiulu Valley. Cool off at rest stops in the waterfalls that transform the topography and enjoy a scrumptious lunch by the river streams. Late afternoon and evening, immerse yourself with local culture and tradition by participating in local games and activities such as rice pounding and sieving, blow pipe, handicraft making and watch a demonstration of sustainable traditional fishing with handmade nets (no fish will be caught during this demonstration). Learn about musical instruments with dance (gong and sumazau). After dinner, have a good chat with your host family about the village history and folklore before retiring to bed for the night. Overnight: Riverside Campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake up for the last time in the jungle. After a hearty breakfast, depart Kiulu Valley and proceed to Kota Kinabalu International Airport - board your flight home.

Meals:  B


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Life Below Water:  Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss


Learning outcomes for students

A World Youth Adventures' experience gives students the opportunity to become informed, engaged and active global citizens, through their active participation in:
• Sustainable grass-roots community development projects that have them working collaboratively with members of the community;
• Authentic interactions with new cultures, customs and traditions;
• Activities that enable them to lead their peers and also contribute as a team member to a common objective;
• Activities that take them outside of their comfort zone, to face mental and physical challenges;
• Initiatives that teach them that their individual actions collectively can make a difference, and that they have a role to play in making the world a better place.
You are embarking on an adventure to places and among people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life in this region will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the very same aspects that make a destination interesting and attractive. In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this, “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. If you travel with a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humour and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will have the adventure of a lifetime!
We invite you to read and put into practice on your travels this International Institute of Peace (www.iipt.org) Credo of the Peaceful Traveller -
Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world, and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:
> Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
> Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
> Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life
> Appreciate all cultures I discover
> Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome
> Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
> Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,
> By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners (this can be upgraded to full board)
  • Expert guide (English speaking) throughout plus additional expert local guides for specialist commentary
  • All land transfers required within the program in private air conditioned minivans
  • Entrance fees to sites and activities as listed in itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation in hotels in Kota Kinabalu
  • 2 nights accommodation at Riverside Camp

  • Meals and beverages not indicated in the program
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, email etc
  • Camera and video entrance fees
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory
  • Visa (if required)

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Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.


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