Saturday, 29 September 2012

Revealed: Expedition 12K

Well, the decisions have been made and the Borneo 12K Project Managers (PMs) have been allocated their roles! Yesterday the Fieldbase team waved them all off on their Project Planning Visits (PPVs) across Sabah, where they will get to see where they'll be living with the Venturers and what needs to be done over the next three months. So, while the PMs are all hard at work, here’s where we tell you a bit more about each of the projects that will be taking place, and who will be in charge!

Alpha 1: Kindergarten – Kampung Terian Salt Trail, Penampang
In Malaysia the Government provides educational facilities for children aged six and above. The main difficulty, however, is that before a child can be entered into school they must have a minimal standard of reading and writing, and in many of the remote Kampungs (villages) this is often not possible.
This project will see the 10-week build of a kindergarten in Kampung Terian, in association with a local project partner called PACOS, and sponsored by Nestle.
Jayne, Lisa, Annabel
Who’s in charge?
Phase 1: Lisa and Annabel
Phase 2: Lisa and Jayne
Phase 3: Lisa and Annabel



Alpha 2: Gravity Water Feed – Kampung Nuguh, Pitas District
Many remote communities within Malaysia still don’t have access to clean, drinkable water. Villages without a water source will collect their water in large tanks and barrels from rainfall. However, in many areas this is insufficient to meet their needs all the year round, so water is often taken from polluted rivers, which has obvious knock-on effects.
This two-phase project will see us complete a gravity water feed system to provide Kampung Nuguh with proper running water for the first time. Sponsorship for the materials in this project comes from Coca Cola.

Natalie J, John, Simon and Erin

Who’s in charge?
Phase 1: Simon, John and Natalie J
Phase 2: Simon, John and Erin

Alpha 3: Water system and guardhouse construction – Danum Valley
Danum Valley is home to the oldest rainforest in the world. It is a highly protected, world-renowned conservation and research area that is famous for its rich biodiversity and abundant wildlife – it’s home to rare and endangered species including the pygmy elephant, the clouded leopard and the orangutan and some 275 species of birdlife.
This project will be helping to increase access to the conservation area for scientists so they can carry out further research, including completing the water system, constructing a guardhouse and helping with various conservation projects.

Angharad, Alex and Keval - Phase 1
Who’s in charge?
Phase 1: Angharad, Keval and Alex
Phase 2: Angharad, Keval and Komal
Phase 3: Angharad, Keval and Erin


Alpha 4: Biodiversity survey – Pitas AFC Forestry Reserve
This conservation site in the Ulunebang area of northern Sabah is part of a larger area owned by AFC (Asian Forestry Company), which is aiming to ensure at least 8% of its 60,000 hectares is designated as conservation forest.

There will be two phases of this project, which will involve working with an AFC representative to conduct a survey and collect data outlining the presence of significant flora and fauna within the area. The long-term plan is for this data to be used in order to gain official classification by the State as a conservation area. 
... and for Phase 3

The PMs for Phase 2...
Who’s in charge?
Phase 2: Annabel, Andrew and Emily
Phase 3: Komal and Andrew

Alpha 5: Dive/trek – Long Pasia
The venturers and PMs will spend three or four days diving on the island of Mamutik to complete their PADI Open Water Diver course. There’ll also be the opportunity to take part in some underwater conservation work, such as planting coral and collecting underwater waste.

The trekking part of this project will see Venturers trekking in the south western corner of Sabah for 10 to 11 days. The teams will have to carry all their supplies and equipment and camp wild for the duration of the trek, which will start from and end in the small village of Long Pasia, a very remote area that is steeped in tradition and folklore – the people of the area have an interesting history as fierce headhunters!

Who’s in charge?

Jayne and Erin for Phase 1
Phase 1: Jayne and Erin
Phase 3: Jayne, John and Emily

And Jayne, John and Emily will do Phase 3

Alpha 6: Trek/dive – Long Pasia
The Alpha 6 groups will trek first in the same area as Alpha 5, this time over three phases, and then enjoy some well-earned diving.

Phase 2: Joe and Alex
Who’s in charge?
Phase 1: Joe, Komal and Andrew
Phase 2: Joe and Alex
Phase 3: Joe, Simon and Natalie J
Natalie J, Joe and Simon in Phase 3


Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Fabulous 14 reveal their superpowers...

Because the Advance team are such a kind-hearted lot, we let our newly arrived teammates have a semi good night’s sleep before we took photos of them and gave them a grilling for the blog. So here they are! The Project Managers will be living on site with the Venturers for the expedition so you’ll be hearing a lot more about them! Not forgetting Sally from Raleigh Head Office and Steve the photographer, who will be visiting all the projects to take lots of brilliant shots of the work we’ll be doing.

To kick things off, and in preparation for heading off to Base Camp tomorrow for jungle training, we asked them what superpower they most wanted to have...