Friday, 25 January 2013

Introduction to Raleigh Borneo

Before the 13C expedition starts I thought I would tell you a little bit more about Raleigh’s time here in Borneo to get you started.

Raleigh have been running expeditions in Malaysia since 1987 and established a base here in Sabah -which is in Kota Kinabalu - 11 years ago. Since then there have been more than 200 projects across Borneo and over 26, five and ten week expeditions.

This is a map of Sabah and a selection of the project site locations

Working with local project partners here in Borneo, the Raleigh projects are committed to inspiring young people to be all they can be. The expeditions continue to offer the adventure of a lifetime to a diverse group of venturers and volunteer managers whilst challenging and inspiring the groups to learn new skills and strengths in a variety of ways. 

Get ready 13C because this will be a complete change of lifestyle (for most)  and a lot of hard work. Fear not though as three days into pre-expedition life the advance staff can confirm it’s going to be a lot of fun and the impact that the sustainability projects have on development within local communities and environments is something really special.

Key facts about Borneo

1. Borneo is the third largest island in the world

2. Borneo is divided into three countries – Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia (we are based in Malaysia)

3. Borneo harbours some of the world’s most diverse and oldest surviving virgin rainforests

4. Borneo's capital is Kota Kinabalu – which is where you fly into

5. Borneo is 7 hours ahead of British Summer Time (which is 8 hours for most of this expedition)

6. Borneo is pretty hot. The temperature is generally between 21-32c

7. Borneo has a population of about 3,120,040 and 32 officially recognised ethnic groups in Sabah alone

8. The main language spoken in Borneo is Bahasa Malay – but English, Mandarin, Hakka and Cantonese are widely spoken

9. Borneo has a large Christian, Muslim and Buddhist following

10.Borneo was traditionally dependent on the export of timber but deforestation protection efforts in recent years have meant that Borneo’s main exports now focus more on rubber, cacao, seafood, vegetables and palm oil.

Hopefully this little post has given you a bit more insight into the Raleigh expeditions in Borneo and if you are joining us as a member of 13C - your new home. 

If you aren't joining us on this expedition don't forget to have a look at the Raleigh website for more information about the different opportunities available around the world and how you can get involved in the future.

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